Analogy Making and the Structure of Implied Volatility Skew

41 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2014 Last revised: 2 Dec 2015

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Hammad Siddiqi

University of the Sunshine Coast-School of Business

Date Written: March 1, 2015

Abstract

An anchoring-adjusted option pricing model is developed in which the volatility of the underlying stock return is used as a starting point that gets adjusted upwards to form expectations about call option volatility. I show that the anchoring price lies within the bounds implied by risk-averse expected utility maximization when there are proportional transaction costs. The anchoring model provides a unified explanation for key option pricing puzzles. Two predictions of the anchoring model are empirically tested and found to be strongly supported with nearly 26 years of options data.

Keywords: Implied Volatility Skew, Stochastic Volatility, Jump Diffusion, Covered Call Writing, Zero-Beta Straddle, Option Returns

JEL Classification: G13, G12

Suggested Citation

Siddiqi, Hammad, Analogy Making and the Structure of Implied Volatility Skew (March 1, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2465738 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2465738

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