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Model-Free Discretisation-Invariant Swaps and S&P 500 Higher-Moment Risk Premia

  • Carol Alexander
  • Johannes Rauch

We derive a general multivariate theory for realised characteristics of `model-free discretisation-invariant swaps', so-called because the standard no-arbitrage assumption of martingale forward prices is sufficient to derive fair-value swap rates for such characteristics which have no jump or discretisation errors. This theory underpins specific examples for swaps based on higher moments of a single log return distribution where exact replication is possible via option-implied `fundamental contracts' like the log contact. The common factors determining the S&P 500 risk premia associated with these higher-moment characteristics are investigated empirically at the daily, weekly and monthly frequencies.

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Date of creation: Apr 2014
Date of revision: May 2015
Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1404.1351
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