Treasury Yield Implied Volatility and Real Activity
54 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2017 Last revised: 21 May 2020
Date Written: July 21, 2017
We show that at-the-money implied volatility of options on futures of 5-year Treasury notes (Treasury ‘yield implied volatility’) predicts both the growth rate and volatility of gross domestic product, as well as of other macroeconomic variables, like industrial production, consumption, and employment. This predictability is robust to controlling for the term spread, credit spread, stock returns, stock market implied volatility, and several other variables that prior literature showed to predict macroeconomic activity. Our results indicate that Treasury yield implied volatility is a useful forward-looking state variable to characterize risks and opportunities in the macro economy.
Keywords: Treasury Futures, Treasury Futures Options, Implied Volatility, Interest Rate, Business Cycles, Real Activity, Macroeconomic Activity, Macroeconomic Uncertainty, Forecasting, Libor-OIS Spread, Bank Credit
JEL Classification: E31, E37, F31, G12, G13
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