The VIX index is not traded on the spot market. Hence, in contrast to other futures markets, the VIX futures contract and spot index are not linked by a no-arbitrage condition. The authors examine (1) whether predictability in the VIX index carries over to the futures market and (2) whether there is independent time-series predictability in VIX futures prices. The answer to both questions is no. Samuelson was right: VIX futures prices properly anticipate predictability in volatility and are themselves unpredictable.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business, Management and Accounting(all)
- Economics and Econometrics