Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Fear Gauge

Excerpted from TheStreet.com – David Haitt, OptionMetrics CEO’s recent article: The VIX can’t tell you when a rough ride is coming, but it may protect you when things get bumpy. Over the past 20 years, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX.X) has gone from an obscure market barometer relegated to peripheral space on a few hundred quote screens to a widely followed … Read More »


S. C. Anagnostopoulou, A. Tsekrekos – “Accounting Quality, Information Risk and Implied Volatility around Earnings Announcements”

Abstract: We examine the impact of accounting quality, used as a proxy for information risk, on the behavior of equity implied volatility around quarterly earnings announcements. Using US data during 1996-2010, we observe that lower (higher) accounting quality significantly relates to higher (lower) levels of implied volatility (IV) around announcements. Worse accounting quality is further associated with a significant increase … Read More »


S. C. Anagnostopoulou, A. Ferentinou, P. Tsaousis, A. Tsekrekos – “The Option Market Reaction to Bank Loan Announcements”

Abstract: In this study, we examine the options market reaction to bank loan announcements for the population of US firms with traded options and loan announcements during 1996–2010. We get evidence on a significant options market reaction to bank loan announcements in terms of levels and changes in short-term implied volatility and its term structure, and observe significant decreases in … Read More »


OptionMetrics Research Conference (ORC2016)

OptionMetrics Research Conference 2016, November 14, 2016 | New York, NY
OptionMetrics is excited to announce our 5th Annual Research Conference (ORC2016). As in years past, ORC2016 will bring together OptionMetrics users and researchers from both academia and industry to present and discuss their research. The focus of this conference is to share ideas, explore trends and developments in the field, and increase in-depth knowledge of the options markets…Read More »


C. Moll, S. Huffman – “The Incremental Information Content of Innovations in Implied Idiosyncratic Volatility”

Motivated by mixed evidence related to the pricing of measures of risk, we investigate the information content of innovations in implied idiosyncratic volatility. Using both cross-sectional and time-series methodologies, we find that innovations in implied idiosyncratic volatility explain future returns for a sample of 2,864 optionable firms examined during the 1999-2010 sample period. We find that long-short… Read More »


J. Faias, P. Santa-Clara, “Optimal Option Portfolio Strategies: Deepening the Puzzle of Index Option Mispricing”

Traditional methods of asset allocation (such as mean-variance optimization) are not adequate for option portfolios because the distribution of returns is non-normal and the short sample of option returns available makes it difficult to estimate their distribution. We propose a method to optimize a portfolio of European options, held to maturity, with a myopic objective function that overcomes these limitations… Read More »


OptionMetrics to Present at Global EQD 2016

OptionMetrics’ President and Founder, David Hait, will be kicking off the conference with a presentation titled “What Implied Volatility Tells Us About Future Asset Returns,” where he’ll share insights on how main findings from recent trends in academic papers can be applied from an operational perspective… Read More »


F. Audrino, D. Colangelo, “Semi-parametric forecasts of the implied volatility surface using regression trees”

Abstract: We present a new semi-parametric model for the prediction of implied volatility surfaces that can be estimated using machine learning algorithms. Given a reasonable starting model, a boosting algorithm based on regression trees sequentially minimizes generalized residuals computed as differences between observed and estimated implied volatilities. To overcome the poor predictive power of existing models, we include a grid … Read More »


P. Borochin, Y. Zhao, “Variation of the Implied Volatility Function and Return Predictability”

Abstract: The variation of the shape of the implied volatility function (IVF) has significant predictive power for future performance, above that previously documented for the shape of the IVF itself. We find that standard deviations of IV spreads describing the shape of the IVF over the current month are negatively correlated with next month’s realized returns. This effect is strongest … Read More »


S. Choy, J. Wei, “Liquidity Risk and Expected Option Returns”

Abstract: Using data from OptionMetrics for the period of 1996 to 2013, we establish the existence of liquidity risk premium in option returns via both sorting analyses and Fama-MacBeth regressions. In leverage-adjusted, hedged returns, the alpha due to liquidity risk ranges from 11.2 basis points to 19.7 basis points per month. In hedged returns unadjusted for leverage, the alpha ranges … Read More »