Pricing Poseidon: Extreme Weather Uncertainty and Firm Return Dynamics

55 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2018 Last revised: 8 Jun 2019

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Mathias Kruttli

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; University of Oxford - Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance

Brigitte Roth Tran

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Sumudu W. Watugala

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; University of Oxford - Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance

Date Written: May 31, 2019

Abstract

We investigate the uncertainty dynamics surrounding extreme weather events through the lens of option and stock markets by identifying market responses to both the uncertainty regarding potential hurricane landfall and subsequent economic impact. Stock options on firms with establishments exposed to the landfall region exhibit increases in implied volatility of 5-10 percent, reflecting impact uncertainty. Using hurricane forecasts, we show that landfall uncertainty and potential impact uncertainty are reflected in prices before landfall. We find no evidence that markets incorporate better hurricane forecasts than those from NOAA. Improvements to hurricane forecasts could have economically significant effects in financial markets.

Keywords: extreme weather events, uncertainty, implied volatility, stock returns, hurricanes, climate finance

JEL Classification: G12, G14, Q54

Suggested Citation

Kruttli, Mathias and Roth Tran, Brigitte and Watugala, Sumudu W., Pricing Poseidon: Extreme Weather Uncertainty and Firm Return Dynamics (May 31, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3284517 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3284517

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Brigitte Roth Tran

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ( email )

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Washington, DC 20551
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Sumudu W. Watugala

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ( email )

Ithaca, NY
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University of Oxford - Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance ( email )

Eagle House
Walton Well Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6ED
United Kingdom

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