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Predictable Dynamics in the S&P 500 Index Options Implied Volatility Surface

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  • S�lvia Gon�alves

    (Department of Economics, CIREQ and CIRANO, Universit� de Montr�al)

  • Massimo Guidolin

    (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

Abstract

Recent evidence suggests that the parameters characterizing the implied volatility surface (IVS) in option prices are unstable. We study whether the resulting predictability patterns may be exploited. In a first stage we model the surface along cross-sectional moneyness and maturity dimensions. In a second stage we model the dynamics of the first-stage coefficients. We find that the movements of the S&P 500 IVS are highly predictable. Whereas profitable delta-hedged positions can be set up under selective trading rules, profits disappear when we increase transaction costs and trade on wide segments of the IVS.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Business.

Volume (Year): 79 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 1591-1636

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  1. Alejandro Bernales & Massimo Guidolin, 2012. "Can We Forecast the Implied Volatility Surface Dynamics of Equity Options? Predictability and Economic Value Tests," Working Papers 456, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.
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  3. Georgios Chalamandaris & Andrianos Tsekrekos, 2013. "Explanatory Factors and Causality in the Dynamics of Volatility Surfaces Implied from OTC Asian–Pacific Currency Options," Computational Economics, Society for Computational Economics, vol. 41(3), pages 327-358, March.
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