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The Price of Fixed Income Market Volatility

  • The first systematic treatment of fixed income volatility pricing

  • Two indexes included here were already launched by the Chicago Board Options Exchange in 2012 & 2013

  • Gives applied researchers access to clear background needed before undertaking empirical research into relatively new areas

  • Provides theorists with foundations to the evaluation of new products referenced to forward-looking gauges of interest-rate volatility

  • Includes specially developed small examples to deal with delicate pricing details


Part of the Springer Finance book series (FINANCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Antonio Mele, Yoshiki Obayashi
    Pages 1-17
  3. Antonio Mele, Yoshiki Obayashi
    Pages 19-58
  4. Antonio Mele, Yoshiki Obayashi
    Pages 59-124
  5. Antonio Mele, Yoshiki Obayashi
    Pages 125-209
  6. Antonio Mele, Yoshiki Obayashi
    Pages 211-245
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 247-250

About this book


Fixed income volatility and equity volatility evolve heterogeneously over time, co-moving disproportionately during periods of global imbalances and each reacting to events of different nature. While the methodology for options-based "model-free" pricing of equity volatility has been known for some time, little is known about analogous methodologies for pricing various fixed income volatilities.

This book fills this gap and provides a unified evaluation framework of fixed income volatility while dealing with disparate markets such as interest-rate swaps, government bonds, time-deposits and credit. It develops model-free, forward looking indexes of fixed-income volatility that match different quoting conventions across various markets, and uncovers subtle yet important pitfalls arising from naïve superimpositions of the standard equity volatility methodology when pricing various fixed income volatilities.

The ultimate goal of the authors´ efforts is to make interest rate volatility standardization a valuable channel of information, helping design signal generation and trading strategies, or, to mention another example, informing policy makers about how decisions and communication affect ongoing developments in fixed income volatility. More generally, this work will help inform the public about how uncertainty is perceived by key players in one of the most important segments in the whole capital market.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Swiss Finance InstituteUniversity of LuganoLuganoSwitzerland
  2. 2.Applied Academics LLCNew YorkUSA

About the authors

Antonio Mele holds a Senior Chair at the Swiss Finance Institute, and is a full Professor of Finance at the University of Lugano, after having been a tenured faculty at the London School of Economics & Political Science for a decade. He is also a Research Fellow for the Financial Economics program at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris.

His academic expertise spans a variety of fields in financial economics, pertaining to capital market volatility, interest rates and credit markets, macro-finance, capital markets and business cycles, and information in securities markets. His research has been published by top journals in Finance and Economics such as the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Monetary Economics.

His work outside academia includes developing fixed income volatility indexes for Chicago Board Options Exchange. He is the co-inventor of the CBOE Interest Rate Swap Volatility Index (CBOE-SRVX℠) - the first standardized volatility measure in the interest-rate swap market, designed to standardize and simplify swap-rate volatility trading much in the spirit of the CBOE-VIX® index in the equity market.

Yoshiki Obayashi is a managing director at Applied Academics LLC in New York, specialized in developing and commercializing ideas emanating from a growing think-tank of academic researchers selected for their work's relevance to practice in the finance industry. His most recent projects range from running systematic trading strategies for funds to developing fixed income volatility indexes for Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Yoshiki Obayashi previously managed US and Asian credit portfolios for a proprietary fixed-income trading group at an investment bank. He holds a PhD in Finance and Economics from Columbia Business School.

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