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The price of a smile: hedging and spanning in option markets



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The volatility smile changed drastically around the crash of 1987 and new option pricing models have been proposed in order to accommodate that change. Deterministic volatility models allow for more °exible volatility surfaces but refrain from introducing additional risk-factors. Thus, options are still redundant securities. Alternatively, stochastic models introduce additional risk-factors and options are then needed for spanning of the pricing kernel. We develop a statistical test based on this di®erence in spanning. Using daily S&P500 index options data from 1986-1995, our tests suggest that both in- and out-of-the-money options are needed for spanning. The findings are inconsistent with deterministic volatility models but are consistent with stochastic models which incorporate additional priced risk-factors such as stochastic volatility, interest rates, or jumps.

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Institute of Finance and Accounting

Series Number

FIN 308


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Available on ECCH


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