CBOE Futures Exchange
"Futures in Volatility" Newsletter
By Mark Shore
While analyzing the utility value of the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) futures® contract relative to the underlying market (S&P 500), a question often arises regarding the correlation of these two instruments. In this article we look at various durations of rolling correlations to determine its utility value.
The "static" correlation of two investment components is often quoted in a correlation matrix table when multiple markets are discussed or if there are only two markets, a single quote.
From January 2004 to June 2012, static correlation of daily VIX end of day data to the S&P 500 is -0.75. However, a static correlation does not always offer a strong profile of correlation. Correlation typically depends on the time duration of a holding period, thus building a profile of that period. One must keep in mind the S&P 500 has a growth component, whereas the VIX is more of a mean reverting market with moments of upward or downward spikes.
Between January 2004 and June 2012, the VIX reached its maximum close of 80.06 on October 27, 2008. It reached a minimum of 9.89 on January 24, 2007. During this period the VIX has averaged 21.08
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