Volatility Discovery: Can the CDS Market Beat the Equity Options Market?
10 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2017
Date Written: September 1, 2017
In this study, we derive a CDS implied equity volatility index from highly liquid one-year contracts in the Eurozone, and for the inclusive period 2008-2014. We analyze the relationship between this volatility index and the VSTOXX 12M within a fractionally cointegrated vector autoregressive (FCVAR) model. Our results confirm a stationary long-run equilibrium relationship between the two volatility indices in which the CDS implied index plays the leading role.
Keywords: CDS market; options market; implied volatility; fractional cointegration; volatility discovery
JEL Classification: G13; G14
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