Can technical indicators based on underlying assets help to predict implied volatility index

Shi Yafeng, Yanlong Shi, Ying Tingting

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Given the widespread use of technical analysis and the tight relationship between derivatives and the underlying assets, we employ the copula approach to investigate whether the technical indicators based on underlying assets convey extra information about the future movements of implied volatility (IV) indexes. The empirical results, based on long samples of five well-known IV indexes, suggest that although the technical indicators are not informative for forecasting the future prices of IV indexes, they can provide extra information about the size of forecasting errors of the IV indexes. The findings are also robust to the impact of COVID-19. The technical indicators are then used to extend Threshold ARCH and Exponencial GARCH models for improving the estimation of Value at Risks (VaRs). The out-of-sample forecast results show that the proposed model outperforms the benchmark in estimating the VaRs. These findings have implications for pricing options of IV indexes and managing the risks of IV-related portfolios.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-74
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Futures Markets
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024


  • VaR
  • copula
  • derivatives
  • implied volatility
  • tail dependence
  • technical indicator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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