Volatility & FBMKLCI (Update)

Historical Volatility: What we know so far

Analysis of historical volatility or statistical volatility shows that in rising prices, volatility tends to be lower as risk or fear subsides. When prices are declining, volatility will tend to increase.

The graph below highlights the relationship between FBMKLCI and its historical volatility (annualised, 30day), 10 day moving average volatility and 50 day moving average volatility.

FBMKLCI_May16_Vols(1).png

As shown above (e.g period : Jan-Feb 2015, Sep-Oct 2015, Feb-Mar 2016), when FBMKLCI declines, the historical volatility increases.Even in the recent selloff in May 2016, we saw a spike in the statistical volatility.

It is important to note that as the 10-day moving average volatility moves above the 50-day moving average, the market conditions are turning bearish. And as the 10-day moving average moves below the 50-day moving average, the market conditions are expected to turn bullish. When the 10-day moving average diverges far apart from the 50-day moving average, the FBMKLCI will experience correction. Currently (in May 2016), we saw the 10D moving average volatility crosses above the 50D moving average volatility, signaling a bearish market condition.

Implied Volatility: What may happen next

Implied volatility is the market expectation of the future volatility. This can be imputed from the traded options. The following table shows the structured call warrants (with the underlying: FBMKLCI) that are currently traded on Bursa and will be expiring from August 2016 onwards:

FBMKLCI_May16_Vols(2).png

It is observed that the average implied volatility from these structured call warrants is 15.8% which is relatively higher than the current historical volatility of 9.3%(as of 27 May 2016). Market expects more volatility in the next few months. Unfortunately, volatility does not predict the direction of the underlying. Based on the implied volatility of the structured warrants, there is 68% chance (i.e based on 1-standard deviation) that FBMKLCI may trade between 1,335.5 and 1,938.9 up to 31 Jan 2017.

 

DISCLAIMER: ALL ARTICLES CONTAINED IN THIS SITE ARE FOR INFORMATION AND ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT PURPORT TO SHOW ACTUAL RESULTS. IT IS NOT, AND SHOULD NOT BE REGARDED AS INVESTMENT ADVICE OR AS A RECOMMENDATION REGARDING ANY PARTICULAR SECURITY OR COURSE OF ACTION. SOURCES USED IN THIS SITE HAVE NOT BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED FOR ACCURACY. YOU SHOULD SEEK INDEPENDENT AND PROFESSIONAL INVESTMENT ADVICE IN REGARD TO YOUR INVESTMENT DECISIONS. THE AUTHOR MAY HOLD POSITIONS IN THE SECURITIES MENTIONED ABOVE.

Author: Ken Utau

Data Scientist, Markets Analyst and Food Lover

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s