Title

Do fear indices help predict stock returns?

Source of Publication

Quantitative Finance

Abstract

This study investigates the forecasting power of implied volatility indices on forward looking returns. Prior studies document that negative innovations to returns are associated with increasing implied volatility of the underlying indices; thus, suggesting a possible relationship between extremely high levels of implied volatility and positive short term returns. We investigate this issue by examining the predictive power of three implied volatility indices, VIX, VXN and VDAX, on the underlying index returns. We extend previous research by also focusing on characterised selected stocks and examine the relationship between implied volatility indices and future returns across different sectors and classified portfolios. Our findings suggest that implied volatility indices are good predictors of 20-days and 60-days forward looking returns and illustrate insignificant predictive power for very short term (1-day and 5-days) returns. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Document Type

Article

First Page

831

Last Page

847

Publication Date

1-1-2014

DOI

10.1080/14697688.2014.884722

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