The Information Content of the Implied Volatility Term Structure on Future Returns

European Financial Management, Forthcoming

50 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2014 Last revised: 9 Dec 2017

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Yaw-Huei Wang

National Taiwan University; UNSW

Kuang-Chieh Yen

Soochow University, Taiwan

Date Written: December 6, 2017


We derive the theoretical relation between the term structure of implied variance and the expected excess returns of the underlying asset. Adopting three alternative approaches to compile the variables representing the information on the implied volatility index level and term structure, we show the important role of the term structure in determining future excess returns of the S&P 500 index. Both the in-sample and out-of-sample analyses suggest that the information content of the term structure variable is significant and a strong complement to that of the level variable, especially for shorter-term excess returns.

Keywords: VIX term structure, Predictability, S&P 500 index returns

JEL Classification: G13, G14

Suggested Citation

Wang, Yaw-Huei and Yen, Kuang-Chieh, The Information Content of the Implied Volatility Term Structure on Future Returns (December 6, 2017). European Financial Management, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

Yaw-Huei Wang

National Taiwan University ( email )

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Soochow University, Taiwan ( email )

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