Do Properly Anticipated Prices Fluctuate Randomly? Evidence from VIX Futures Markets
Posted: 8 May 2018 Last revised: 25 Mar 2020
Date Written: December 21, 2018
The VIX index is not traded on the spot market. Hence, in contrast to other futures markets, the VIX futures contract and spot index are not linked by a no-arbitrage condition. We examine (a) whether predictability in the VIX index carries over to the futures market, and (b) whether there is independent time series predictability in VIX futures prices. The answer to both questions is no. Samuelson (1965) was right: VIX futures prices properly anticipate predictability in volatility, and are themselves unpredictable.
Keywords: VIX futures, volatility risk premium, mean-reversion, momentum
JEL Classification: G13, G14
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