Good Volatility, Bad Volatility and Option Pricing
45 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2016 Last revised: 4 Nov 2017
Date Written: October 31, 2017
Advances in variance analysis permit the splitting of the total quadratic variation of a jump-diffusion process into upside and downside components. Recent studies establish that this decomposition enhances volatility predictions, and highlight the upside/downside variance spread as a driver of the asymmetry in stock price distributions. To appraise the economic gain of this decomposition, we design a new and flexible option pricing model in which the underlying asset price exhibits distinct upside and downside semi-variance dynamics driven by their model-free proxies. The new model outperforms common benchmarks, especially the alternative that splits the quadratic variation into diffusive and jump components.
Keywords: Dynamic Upside Volatility, Dynamic Downside Volatility, Dynamic Skewness, Realized Downside Volatility, Realized Upside Volatility
JEL Classification: G12
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