Price impact versus bid–ask spreads in the index option market

Van Kervel, V., Kaeck, A., Seegerc, N

forthcoming | Van Kervel, V., Kaeck, A., Seegerc, N

JOURNAL OF FINANCIAL MARKETS

Price impact versus bid–ask spreads in the index option market

We investigate the puzzle of why bid–ask spreads of options are so large by focussing on the price impact component of the spread. We propose a structural vector autoregressive model for trades in the option market to analyze whether they move the underlying price and/or the underlying’s volatility. Our model captures cross-option strategies by pooling order flows across contracts after a decomposition into exposure to the underlying asset and its volatility. While our estimates confirm that S&P500 option trades indeed significantly move the underlying and the volatility, the economic magnitudes are very small. Hence, large bid–ask spreads of options remain a puzzle.

Publicado en: JOURNAL OF FINANCIAL MARKETS

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