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Credit-Implied Equity Volatility – Long-Term Forecasts and Alternative Fear Gauges

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This study discusses how to compute and forecast long-term stock return volatilities, typically with a 5-year horizon or longer, using credit derivatives, and how such volatilities can be used in different areas ranging from the valuation of employee stock options and other long-term derivatives to the construction of market-based fear gauges in selected countries or market segments. In the empirical part of the paper I focus on the European financial sector and find the credit-implied volatilities and fear gauges to behave well. The forecasting accuracy of the credit-implied volatilities is found to be better than that of horizon-matched historical volatilities.

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  • Byström, Hans, 2014. "Credit-Implied Equity Volatility – Long-Term Forecasts and Alternative Fear Gauges," Working Papers 2014:34, Lund University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2014_034
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    Keywords

    credit default swaps; implied volatility; CreditGrades; VIX; fear gauge; long-term forecast;

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    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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