Volatility as an Asset Class

With the recent steep rise and many changes in the field of volatility in the capital markets, exchanges across the world are planning to increase volatility trading. Volatility as an Asset Class brings together the best techniques from both academics and practitioners at an important time. Written from the practitioner's perspective, but with important academic contributions, this book is wholly devoted to the trading of volatility as an asset class. This guide covers: - Trading of volatility and related issues (eg, measurement, forecasting, modelling and hedging) - 3rd generation volatility products including volatility, variance, gamma and correlation swaps - How volatility can be measured, what it means, and how it can be used - Reviews the market and compares volatility and fixed income asset classes - Shows how to build volatility surfaces - Examines the reliability of the VIX and describes the VIX and other CBOE-traded volatility products - Pricing and hedging variance swaps - Trend following in terms of a volatility strategy - How the models are calibrated to the market. This book is recommended reading for traders, risk managers, hedge fund managers, front-, middle- and back-office personnel and software designers, or anyone looking to take advantage of this market.