Associate Professor of Finance
Equity index options; Jumps; Volatility; International Integration JEL classification G11; G12; Corporate Governance; Investors, Stakeholders and Accountability
The authors study international integration of markets for jump and volatility risk, using index option data for the main global markets. To explain the cross-section of expected option returns we focus on return-based multi-factor models.For each market separately, we provide evidence that volatility and jump risk are priced risk factors. There is little evidence, however, of global unconditional pricing of these risks. The authors show that UK and US option markets have become increasingly interrelated, and using conditional pricing models generates some evidence of international pricing.Finally, the benefits of diversifying jump and volatility risk internationally are substantial, but declining.