Modelling the Implied Probability of Stock Market Movements

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Ernst Glatzer

Austrian National Bank - Economic Studies Division

Martin Scheicher

European Central Bank (ECB)

Date Written: January 2003

Abstract

In this paper we study risk-neutral densities (RNDs) for the German stock market. The use of option prices allows us to quantify the risk-neutral probabilities of various levels of the DAX index. For the period from December 1995 to November 2001, we implement the mixture of log-normals model and a volatility-smoothing method. We discuss the time series behaviour of the implied PDFs and we examine the relations between the moments and observable factors such as macroeconomic variables, the US stock markets and credit risk. We find that the risk-neutral densities exhibit pronounced negative skewness. Our second main observation is a significant spillover of volatility, as the implied volatility and kurtosis of the DAX RND are mostly driven by the volatility of US stock prices.

Keywords: Option prices, risk-neutral density, volatility, spillover

JEL Classification: C22, C51, G13, G15

Suggested Citation

Glatzer, Ernst and Scheicher, Martin, Modelling the Implied Probability of Stock Market Movements (January 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=376242

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