Variance Swap


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Variance Swap

A forward contract on the variance of a security. The variance is the square of the standard deviation. As a result, the payout on a variance swap is higher when the volatility increases. A variance swap allows the investor to speculate on volatility, just as a trader might speculate on the price of a stock; it is most advantageous when the volatility is or is expected to be high.
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Carr and Wu show that we can replicate the payoff from the variance swap rate in which the contracted payoff depends on the difference between the pre-fixed variance swap rate and the realized return variance that is computed ex post by using out-of-money option prices.
Content includes volatility surfaces, variance swap curves and forward curves for the top 13 global equity indices, with maturities from one month up to 10 years and strikes between 5% and 400% of spot.
The new S&P 500 Variance futures contract is designed to offer benefits to both current OTC users as well as to customers who have not traditionally participated in the OTC variance swap market.
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Swap agreement risk: The Fund may enter into various types of swap agreements, including, but not limited to, credit default swaps, total return swaps, interest rate swaps, index swaps, currency swaps and variance swap agreements.
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Discrete and continuosly sampled volatility and variance swaps.
They have removed the need for investors to trade volatility through variance swaps or futures".
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