Quantile Risk Premiums
52 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2020
Date Written: September 16, 2020
This paper studies quantile-based moment premiums. The quantile-based approach delivers robust and flexible alternatives to premiums for variance, skewness and kurtosis risk and enhances our understanding of the pricing of risks in derivatives markets. To quantify these premiums, the paper introduces a new class of synthetic derivatives contracts: quantile swaps. Such contracts mimic quantile-based moment measures from robust statistics. An empirical study of index options detects two distinct premiums for dispersion and asymmetry, but no premium for steepness. This finding is in clear contrast to results obtained through traditional moment swaps and warns us to interpret moment premiums carefully.
Keywords: Quantiles, Moment Swaps, Risk Premiums
JEL Classification: G10, G12, G13
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