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The Puzzle of Index Option Returns

  • George M. Constantinides

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    (University of Chicago and NBER, USA)

  • Jens Carsten Jackwerth

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    (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany)

  • Alexi Savov

    ()

    (New York University, USA)

We construct a panel of S&P 500 index call and put option portfolios, daily adjusted to maintain targeted maturity, moneyness, and unit market beta, and test multi-factor pricing models. The standard linear factor methodology is applicable because the monthly portfolio returns have low skewness and are close to normal. We hypothesize that any one of crisis-related factors incorporating price jumps, volatility jumps, and liquidity (along with the market) explains the cross sectional variation in returns. Our hypothesis is not rejected, even when the factor premia are constrained to equal the corresponding premia in the cross-section of equities. The alphas of short maturity out-of-the-money puts become economically and statistically insignificant.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Konstanz in its series Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz with number 2012-35.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 07 Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:knz:dpteco:1235
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  1. Bates, David S, 1996. "Jumps and Stochastic Volatility: Exchange Rate Processes Implicit in Deutsche Mark Options," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 9(1), pages 69-107.
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