Johannes Rauch y Carol Alexander
We use the P&L on a particular class of swaps, representing variance and higher moments for log returns, as estimators in our empirical study on the S&P500 that investigates the factors determining variance and higher-moment risk premia. This class is the discretisation invariant sub-class of swaps with Neuberger's aggregating characteristics. Besides the market excess return, momentum is the dominant driver for both skewness and kurtosis risk premia, which exhibit a highly signicant negative correlation. By contrast, the variance risk premium responds positively to size and negatively to growth, and the correlation between variance and tail risk premia is relatively low compared with previous research, particularly at high sampling frequencies. These findings extend prior research on determinants of these risk premia. Furthermore, our meticulous data-construction methodology avoids unwanted artefacts which distort results.