Options and Market Expectations: Implied Probability Density Functions on the Polish Foreign Exchange Market

Bank i Kredyt, No. 5/2008, pp. 21-35, 2008

15 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2008

Date Written: September 3, 2008

Abstract

An overview of methods used for estimation of option-implied risk-neutral probability density functions (PDFs) is presented in the study, and one of such methods, double lognormal approach, is used for the analysis of the information content of the EUR/PLN currency options on the Polish market. Estimated PDFs have proven to provide superior information concerning future volatility than historical volatility, yet their forecasting power is comparable to that of the Black-Scholes model. There are no strong grounds for using PDFs as a predictor of the future EUR/PLN exchange rate. Low informative content does not directly follow, as PDFs can be used as an indicator of markets conditions. The issues that could be addressed more thoroughly in the future studies concern the assumption of risk neutrality and the impact of the estimation method on the higher moments of the distribution.

Keywords: foreign exchange, probability density functions, option pricing, market expectations

JEL Classification: F31, G13, D84

Suggested Citation

Banbula, Piotr, Options and Market Expectations: Implied Probability Density Functions on the Polish Foreign Exchange Market (September 3, 2008). Bank i Kredyt, No. 5/2008, pp. 21-35, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1262748

Piotr Banbula (Contact Author)

National Bank of Poland ( email )

00-919 Warsaw
Poland

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