Time-Varying Skew in VIX Derivatives Pricing

Management Science accepted

65 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2020 Last revised: 22 Sep 2021

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Peixuan Yuan

Renmin University of China - School of Finance

Date Written: March 1, 2020


This paper proposes a new reduced-form model for the pricing of VIX derivatives that includes an independent stochastic jump intensity factor and co-jumps in the level and variance of VIX, while allowing the mean of VIX variance to be time-varying. I t the model to daily prices of futures and European options from April 2007 through December 2017. The empirical results indicate that the model significantly outperforms all other nested models and improves on benchmark by 21.6% in-sample and 31.2% out-of- sample. The model more accurately portrays the tail behavior of VIX risk-neutral distribution for both short and long maturities, as it successfully captures the time-varying skew found to be largely independent of the level of the VIX smile.

Keywords: Vix Derivatives, Co-Jumps, Jump Intensity, Central Tendency, Implied Volatility Surface

JEL Classification: G12, G13

Suggested Citation

Yuan, Peixuan, Time-Varying Skew in VIX Derivatives Pricing (March 1, 2020). Management Science accepted, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3562809 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3562809

Peixuan Yuan (Contact Author)

Renmin University of China - School of Finance ( email )

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Renmin University of China
Beijing, Beijing 100872

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