Firm Fundamentals and the Cross Section of Implied Volatility Shapes

48 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2020 Last revised: 2 Feb 2021

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Ding Chen

University of Sussex Business School

Biao Guo

Renmin University of China

Guofu Zhou

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School

Date Written: June 30, 2020

Abstract

We investigate whether firm fundamentals can explain the shape of option implied volatility (IV) curve. Extending Geske's (1997) compound option model, we link firm fundamentals to the prices of equity and equity options, and show how the shape of IV curve can vary across firms with leverage, dividend policy, cost of capital, and so on. Using options of all available US listed companies, we show further empirically that firm fundamentals are important determinants of the IV curve even after controlling for historical volatility, risk-neutral skewness, kurtosis and systematic risk ratio, especially for the volatility slopes and curvatures. Fundamentals not only provide statistically and economically explanatory power on the IV curve, but also help reconcile with some stylized facts and puzzles.

Keywords: option implied volatility; volatility skew; firm fundamentals; option puzzle

JEL Classification: C11, C12, C13, G11, G12

Suggested Citation

Chen, Ding and Guo, Biao and Zhou, Guofu, Firm Fundamentals and the Cross Section of Implied Volatility Shapes (June 30, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3639312 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3639312

Ding Chen

University of Sussex Business School ( email )

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Biao Guo

Renmin University of China ( email )

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Guofu Zhou (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School ( email )

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