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Modelling the Implied Volatility of Options on Long Gilt Futures

Chris Brooks and M. Currim Oozeer
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M. Currim Oozeer: University of Reading

Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 2002, vol. 29, issue 1&2, 111-137

Abstract: This paper investigates the properties of implied volatility series calculated from options on Treasury bond futures, traded on LIFFE. We demonstrate that the use of near-maturity at the money options to calculate implied volatilities causes less mis-pricing and is therefore superior to, a weighted average measure encompassing all relevant options. We demonstrate that, whilst a set of macroeconomic variables has some predictive power for implied volatilities, we are not able to earn excess returns by trading on the basis of these predictions once we allow for typical investor transactions costs. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2002.

Date: 2002
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