Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/210719
Authors: 
Van Tassel, Peter
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Staff Report 867
Abstract: 
This paper provides empirical evidence that volatility markets are integrated through the time-varying term structure of variance risk premia. These risk premia predict the returns from selling volatility for different horizons, maturities, and products, including variance swaps, straddles, and VIX futures. In addition, the paper derives a closed-form relationship between the prices of variance swaps and VIX futures. While tightly linked, VIX futures exhibit deviations of varying significance from the no-arbitrage prices and bounds implied by the variance swap market. The paper examines these pricing errors and their relationship to VIX futures' return predictability.
Subjects: 
variance swaps
term structure
variance risk premium
VIX futures
options
return predictability
JEL: 
C58
G12
G13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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