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Nonparametric Estimation of StatePrice Densities Implicit In Financial Asset Prices
 JOURNAL OF FINANCE
, 1997
"... Implicit in the prices of traded financial assets are ArrowDebreu prices or, with continuous states, the stateprice density (SPD). We construct a nonparametric estimator for the SPD implicit in option prices and derive its asymptotic sampling theory. This estimator provides an arbitragefree metho ..."
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Implicit in the prices of traded financial assets are ArrowDebreu prices or, with continuous states, the stateprice density (SPD). We construct a nonparametric estimator for the SPD implicit in option prices and derive its asymptotic sampling theory. This estimator provides an arbitragefree method of pricing new, complex, or illiquid securities while capturing those features of the data that are most relevant from an assetpricing perspective, e.g., negative skewness and excess kurtosis for asset returns, volatility "smiles" for option prices. We perform Monte Carlo experiments and extract the SPD from actual S&P 500 option prices.
Implied Volatility Functions: Empirical Tests
, 1995
"... Black and Scholes (1973) implied volatilities tend to be systematically related to the option's exercise price and time to expiration. Derman and Kani (1994), Dupire (1994), and Rubinstein (1994) attribute this behavior to the fact that the Black/Scholes constant volatility assumption is violated in ..."
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Black and Scholes (1973) implied volatilities tend to be systematically related to the option's exercise price and time to expiration. Derman and Kani (1994), Dupire (1994), and Rubinstein (1994) attribute this behavior to the fact that the Black/Scholes constant volatility assumption is violated in practice. These authors hypothesize that the volatility of the underlying asset's return is a deterministic function of the asset price and time. Since the volatility function in their model has an arbitrary specification, the deterministic volatility (DV) option valuation model has the potential of fitting the observed crosssection of option prices exactly. Using a sample of S&P 500 index options during the period June 1988 and December 1993, we attempt to evaluate the economic significance of the implied volatility function by examining the predictive and hedging performance of the DV option valuation model. Discussion draft: September 8, 1995 ____________________________________________...
Resurrecting the (C)CAPM: A CrossSectional Test When Risk Premia Are TimeVarying
 Journal of Political Economy
, 2001
"... This paper explores the ability of conditional versions of the CAPM and the consumption CAPM—jointly the (C)CAPM—to explain the cross section of average stock returns. Central to our approach is the use of the log consumption–wealth ratio as a conditioning variable. We demonstrate that such conditio ..."
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This paper explores the ability of conditional versions of the CAPM and the consumption CAPM—jointly the (C)CAPM—to explain the cross section of average stock returns. Central to our approach is the use of the log consumption–wealth ratio as a conditioning variable. We demonstrate that such conditional models perform far better than unconditional specifications and about as well as the FamaFrench threefactor model on portfolios sorted by size and booktomarket characteristics. The conditional consumption CAPM can account for the difference in returns between lowbooktomarket and highbooktomarket portfolios and exhibits little evidence of residual size or booktomarket effects. We are grateful to Eugene Fama and Kenneth French for graciously providing the
Recovering Risk Aversion from Option Prices and Realized Returns. Manuscript
, 1998
"... A relationship exists between aggregate riskneutral and subjective probability distributions and risk aversion functions. Using a variation of the method developed by Jackwerth and Rubinstein (1996), we estimate riskneutral probabilities reliably from option prices. Subjective probabilities are es ..."
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A relationship exists between aggregate riskneutral and subjective probability distributions and risk aversion functions. Using a variation of the method developed by Jackwerth and Rubinstein (1996), we estimate riskneutral probabilities reliably from option prices. Subjective probabilities are estimated from realized returns. This paper then introduces a technique to empirically derive risk aversion functions implied by option prices and realized returns simultaneously. These risk aversion functions dramatically change shapes around the 1987 crash: Precrash, they are positive and decreasing in wealth and thus consistent with standard economic theory. Postcrash, they are partially negative and increasing and irreconcilable with the theory. Overpricing of outofthemoney puts is the most likely cause. A simulated trading strategy exploiting this overpricing shows excess returns even after accounting for the possibility of further crashes and transaction costs. * Jens Carsten Jackwerth is a visiting assistant professor at the London Business School. For helpful discussions I
Stochastic Volatility for Lévy Processes
, 2001
"... Three processes re°ecting persistence of volatility are initially formulated by evaluating three L¶evy processes at a time change given by the integral of a mean reverting square root process. The model for the mean reverting time change is then generalized to include NonGaussian models that are so ..."
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Three processes re°ecting persistence of volatility are initially formulated by evaluating three L¶evy processes at a time change given by the integral of a mean reverting square root process. The model for the mean reverting time change is then generalized to include NonGaussian models that are solutions to OU (OrnsteinUhlenbeck) equations driven by one sided discontinuous L¶evy processes permitting correlation with the stock. Positive stock price processes are obtained by exponentiating and mean correcting these processes, or alternatively by stochastically exponentiating these processes. The characteristic functions for the log price can be used to yield option prices via the fast Fourier transform. In general, mean corrected exponentiation performs better than employing the stochastic exponential. It is observed that the mean corrected exponential model is not a martingale in the ¯ltration in which it is originally de¯ned. This leads us to formulate and investigate the important property of martingale marginals where we seek martingales in altered ¯ltrations consistent with the one dimensional marginal distributions of the level of the process at each future date. 1
New Techniques to Extract Market Expectations from Financial Instruments
 Journal of Monetary Economics
, 1997
"... Central banks have several reasons for extracting information from asset prices. Asset prices may embody more accurate and more uptodate macroeconomic data than what is currently published or directly available to policy makers. Aberrations in some asset prices may indicate ..."
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Central banks have several reasons for extracting information from asset prices. Asset prices may embody more accurate and more uptodate macroeconomic data than what is currently published or directly available to policy makers. Aberrations in some asset prices may indicate
Risks and Portfolio Decisions involving Hedge Funds
, 2002
"... Hedge funds are known to exhibit nonlinear optionlike exposures to standard asset classes and therefore the traditional linear factor model provides limited help in capturing their riskreturn tradeoffs. We address this problem by augmenting the traditional model with optionbased risk factors. O ..."
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Hedge funds are known to exhibit nonlinear optionlike exposures to standard asset classes and therefore the traditional linear factor model provides limited help in capturing their riskreturn tradeoffs. We address this problem by augmenting the traditional model with optionbased risk factors. Our results show that a large number of equityoriented hedge fund strategies exhibit payoffs resembling a short position in a put option on the market index, and therefore bear significant lefttail risk, risk that is ignored by the commonly used meanvariance framework. Using a meanconditional ValueatRisk framework, we demonstrate the extent to which the meanvariance framework underestimates the tail risk. Working with the underlying systematic
A Study towards a Unified Approach to the Joint Estimation of Objective and Risk Neutral Measures for the Purpose of Options Valuation
, 1999
"... The purpose of this paper is to bridge two strands of the literature, one pertaining to the objectiveorphysical measure used to model the underlying asset and the other pertaining to the riskneutral measure used to price derivatives. We propose a generic procedure using simultaneously the fundame ..."
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The purpose of this paper is to bridge two strands of the literature, one pertaining to the objectiveorphysical measure used to model the underlying asset and the other pertaining to the riskneutral measure used to price derivatives. We propose a generic procedure using simultaneously the fundamental price S t and a set of option contracts ### I it # i=1;m # where m # 1 and # I it is the BlackScholes implied volatility.We use Heston's #1993# model as an example and appraise univariate and multivariate estimation of the model in terms of pricing and hedging performance. Our results, based on the S&P 500 index contract, show that the univariate approach only involving options by and large dominates. Abyproduct of this #nding is that we uncover a remarkably simple volatility extraction #lter based on a polynomial lag structure of implied volatilities. The bivariate approachinvolving both the fundamental and an option appears useful when the information from the cash market ...
The Dynamics of Stochastic Volatility: Evidence from Underlying and Option Markets
, 2000
"... This paper proposes and estimates a more general parametric stochastic variance model of equity index returns than has been previously considered using data from both underlying and options markets. The parameters of the model under both the objective and riskneutral measures are estimated simultane ..."
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This paper proposes and estimates a more general parametric stochastic variance model of equity index returns than has been previously considered using data from both underlying and options markets. The parameters of the model under both the objective and riskneutral measures are estimated simultaneously. I conclude that the square root stochastic variance model of Heston (1993) and others is incapable of generating realistic returns behavior and find that the data are more accurately represented by a stochastic variance model in the CEV class or a model that allows the price and variance processes to have a timevarying correlation. Specifically, I find that as the level of market variance increases, the volatility of market variance increases rapidly and the correlation between the price and variance processes becomes substantially more negative. The heightened heteroskedasticity in market variance that results generates realistic crash probabilities and dynamics and causes returns to display values of skewness and kurtosis much more consistent with their sample values. While the model dramatically improves the fit of options prices relative to the square root process, it falls short of explaining the implied volatility smile for shortdated options.
Empirical pricing kernels
, 2001
"... This paper investigates the empirical characteristics of investor risk aversion over equity return states by estimating a timevarying pricing kernel, which we call the empirical pricing kernel (EPK). We estimate the EPK on a monthly basis from 1991 to 1995, using S&P 500 index option data and a sto ..."
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This paper investigates the empirical characteristics of investor risk aversion over equity return states by estimating a timevarying pricing kernel, which we call the empirical pricing kernel (EPK). We estimate the EPK on a monthly basis from 1991 to 1995, using S&P 500 index option data and a stochastic volatility model for the S&P 500 return process. We find that the EPK exhibits countercyclical risk aversion over S&P 500 return states. We also find that hedging performance is significantly improved when we use hedge ratios based the EPK rather than a timeinvariant pricing kernel.