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Higher-order volatility

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An important purpose of derivatives modelling is to provide practitioners with actionable measures of risk. The Black and Scholes volatility remains a favourite on trading floors in spite of well-known biases. One popular extension is to make volatility a function of time and the underlying asset price, as in local volatility models. This paper presents an alternative extension, which produces volatility-like quantities to address the skews and smiles found in most derivatives markets.

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  • Carey, Alexander, 2005. "Higher-order volatility," MPRA Paper 4993, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Carey, Alexander, 2006. "Higher-order volatility: dynamics and sensitivities," MPRA Paper 5009, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Carey, Alexander, 2006. "Path-conditional forward volatility," MPRA Paper 4964, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Carey, Alexander, 2010. "Higher-order volatility: time series," MPRA Paper 21087, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    higher-order volatility; higher-order moments; volatility smile; S&P 500;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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