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The New Zealand implied volatility index


  • Bart Frijns
  • Alireza Tourani-Rad
  • Yajie Zhang


This paper constructs an implied volatility index, the NZVIX, for the New Zealand stock market. Because there are no equity index options in New Zealand, we propose a new approach that uses stock options to construct an implied volatility index. Specifically, we use implied volatilities from four stock options to construct an implied volatility index for the NZX 15 Index. We find that the NZVIX has predictive power for future NZX 15 volatility and observe a significant negative relationship between NZVIX changes and NZX15 returns. Finally, we find a weak significant relation between lagged NZVIX changes and NZX 15 returns.

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  • Bart Frijns & Alireza Tourani-Rad & Yajie Zhang, 2008. "The New Zealand implied volatility index," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(1), pages 103-125.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:42:y:2008:i:1:p:103-125
    DOI: 10.1080/00779950809544415

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    1. Imlak Shaikh & Puja Padhi, 2014. "The forecasting performance of implied volatility index: evidence from India VIX," Economic Change and Restructuring, Springer, vol. 47(4), pages 251-274, November.


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