Volatility-of-Volatility Risk

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Vol. 54, Issue 6 , pp. 2423-2452

Darien Huang,
Christian Schlag,
Ivan Shaliastovich,
Julian Thimme
Research Area:
Financial Markets
Dec 2019

We show that market volatility of volatility is a significant risk factor that affects index and volatility index option returns, beyond volatility itself. The volatility and volatility of volatility indices, identified model-free as the VIX and VVIX, respectively, are only weakly related to each other. Delta-hedged index and VIX option returns are negative on average and are more negative for strategies that are more exposed to volatility and volatility-of-volatility risks. Further, volatility and volatility of volatility significantly negatively predict future delta-hedged option payoffs. The evidence suggests that volatility and volatility-of-volatility risks are jointly priced and have negative market prices of risk.

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