The Dynamics of the Implied Volatility Surface: A Story of Rare Economic Events
64 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2020 Last revised: 7 Aug 2020
Date Written: May 1, 2020
We propose a macro-finance model that rationalizes robust features in equity-index option markets. When rare disasters are followed by economic recoveries, the slope of the implied volatility term structure is positive in good times but turns negative in bad times. Additionally, implied volatility decreases with moneyness in bad times (volatility skew), while the shape becomes a smile in good times in the presence of rare economic booms. Our theory contributes to understanding the dynamics of the implied volatility surface while keeping standard asset pricing moments realistic.
Keywords: Macro Finance, Business Cycle, Implied Volatility, Rare Disasters, Recoveries, Booms
JEL Classification: G12
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