Relative Pricing and Risk Premia in Equity Volatility Markets
66 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2018
Date Written: September 2018
This paper provides empirical evidence that volatility markets are integrated through the time-varying term structure of variance risk premia. These risk premia predict the returns from selling volatility for different horizons, maturities, and products, including variance swaps, straddles, and VIX futures. In addition, the paper derives a closed-form relationship between the prices of variance swaps and VIX futures. While tightly linked, VIX futures exhibit deviations of varying significance from the no-arbitrage prices and bounds implied by the variance swap market. The paper examines these pricing errors and their relationship to VIX futures’ return predictability.
Keywords: variance swaps, term structure, variance risk premium, VIX futures, options, return predictability
JEL Classification: C58, G12, G13
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