Option Pricing Via Breakeven Volatility
Financial Analysts Journal, Forthcoming
56 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2021 Last revised: 10 Jul 2022
Date Written: May 25, 2022
The fair value of an option is given by breakeven volatility, the value of implied volatility that sets the profit-and-loss of a delta-hedged option to zero. We calculate breakeven volatility for 400,000 options on the S&P 500 and build a predictive model for these volatilities. A two-stage regression approach captures the majority of observed variation. By providing a link between option characteristics and breakeven volatility, we establish a nonparametric approach of pricing options without the need to specify the underlying price process. We illustrate the economic value of our approach with a simulated trading strategy based on breakeven volatility predictions.
Keywords: options, volatility, prediction, trading strategy
JEL Classification: G10, G11, G13, C14
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