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

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  • Sílvia Gonçalves

    (Department of Economics, CIREQ and CIRANO, Université de Montréal)

  • Massimo Guidolin

    (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

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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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  • Sílvia Gonçalves & Massimo Guidolin, 2006. "Predictable Dynamics in the S&P 500 Index Options Implied Volatility Surface," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 79(3), pages 1591-1636, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:79:y:2006:i:3:p:1591-1636
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