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"Trading realised variance using listed vanillas" recently published - see more and download here
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We don't normally have time to publish, but were recently invited to contribute a paper to Automated Trader magazine

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TitleTrading realised variance using listed vanillas


Listed futures on VIX and its cousins give exposure to implied variance, but getting exposure to realised variance is very different, and has usually been the realm of OTC variance swaps. Here we examine strategies to trade the realised using only listed instruments, with simple time-independent formulas not requiring models such as Black Scholes.

Technical Abstract

We defi ne a family of generalized measures of realized variance which may be captured by combining a portfolio of listed options with a model-independent trading strategy on the futures, leading to time-independent formulas for deltas simpler than Black-Scholes. We quantify sources of error, and remark on practicalities, trading frequency, and extensions. Among the examples discussed are normal variance, corridor variance, and also the `frequency swap' which only requires a pure delta strategy.



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