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Correlation Goes Mainstream


Volatility watchers, there's a new index in town.

Interesting new volatility product that will bear watching. I'll let Bill explain.

"Volatility watchers and risk managers have a new index to watch, starting next Monday: the CBOE S&P 500 Implied Correlation Index. The CBOE announced the new index in a press release yesterday, noting that the Implied Correlation Index will be tied to 2 different option maturities: January 2010 (ICJ) and January 2011 (JCJ). The values of ICJ and JCJ will be disseminated by the CBOE every 15 seconds during the trading day, as is done with the VIX.

The Implied Correlation Index doesn't calculate the correlations among the entire S&P 500 Index. Instead, it utilizes a "tracking basket" of the 50 largest components of the SPX as measured by market capitalization. For more on the calculations involved in the Implied Correlation Index and related materials, check out the Implied Correlation Index splash page, the Implied Correlation Index white paper, and historical data going back to the beginning of 2007.

I also stole Bill's chart here, with permission (at least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it).

Just to back up for a second, remember that Index volatility has 2 main drivers: One is the volatility of the component stocks; the more volatile, the higher the index volatility. The other driver is the degree to which the components correlate to one another; the higher the correlation, the higher the index volatility relative to the volatility of the components.

Individual stock volatility is easy to find. I use both my trading program and But correlation? Not so much. We can infer it, but it will be nice to have ready a number to measure it.

Warning way in advance though: Correlation has existed and been quantified in different ways forever. Don Fishback, in fact, goes so far as to create his own proprietary volatility index of components. Much the same principle in that volatility existed before they invented the VIX. So when someone finds some air tight relationship based on a couple years of a newly created number and the SPX, take it with a grain of salt.

Bottom line is, I'm very glad to have a number like this at our ready disposal, but it will be best utilized in concert with everything else.
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