Smile-Implied Hedging with Volatility Risk
37 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2020
Date Written: August 26, 2020
Options can be dynamically replicated using model-free Greeks extracted from the volatility smile. However, smile-implied delta and delta-gamma hedging do not achieve minimum variance in the presence of price-volatility correlation, and these strategies have shown poor performance relative to the Black-Scholes benchmark. We propose a way to extend smile-implied option replication with volatility risk management. Large-scale evidence on S&P 500 index options indicates that smile-implied delta-gamma-vega hedging strategies outperform the Black-Scholes approach as well as more sophisticated option hedging frameworks including stochastic volatility and jumps.
Keywords: Options, Hedging, Volatility smile, Stochastic implied volatility
JEL Classification: G13
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