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Excess Volatility: Beyond Discount Rates

70 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2015 Last revised: 18 Jan 2017

Stefano Giglio

Yale School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Bryan T. Kelly

University of Chicago - Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: January 17, 2017

Abstract

We document a form of excess volatility that is difficult to reconcile with standard models of prices, even after accounting for variation in discount rates. We compare prices of claims on the same cash flow stream but with different maturities. Standard models impose precise internal consistency conditions on the joint behavior of long and short maturity claims and these are strongly rejected in the data. In particular, long maturity prices are significantly more variable than justified by the behavior at short maturities. Our findings are pervasive. We reject internal consistency conditions in all term structures that we study, including equity options, currency options, credit default swaps, commodity futures, variance swaps, and inflation swaps.

Keywords: excess volatility, discount rates, term structure

JEL Classification: G10, G02

Suggested Citation

Giglio, Stefano and Kelly, Bryan T., Excess Volatility: Beyond Discount Rates (January 17, 2017). Fama-Miller Working Paper; Chicago Booth Research Paper No. 15-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2574082 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2574082

Stefano Giglio

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