Authors: Peter Van Tassel
This paper estimates the term structure of volatility risk premia for the stock market. By modeling the logarithm of realized variance, the paper derives a closed-form relationship between the prices of variance swaps and VIX futures. Term premia estimates for realized variance and implied volatility predict variance swap and VIX futures returns. When systematic risk increases, realized variance term premia increase but implied volatility term premia decline or exhibit a muted response. VIX futures are cheaper than the option-implied model prices by .50 percent on average and they tend to cheapen even further relative to the model when the VIX increases.