Investors’ fear and stock returns: Evidence from National Stock Exchange of India



This study examines the asymmetric inter-temporal relationship between India volatility index (NVIX) and stock market returns (Nifty S&P 50, 100, 200 and 500) in the Indian securities markets. The work is based on the daily prices of volatility index and stock indices for the period ranging from 2009–2015. Our results suggest a strong negative correlation between daily change in the NVIX and stock returns. This relation is more prominent when NVIX is higher and more volatile. The results show that there is an asymmetry among India NVIX and the stock returns and the magnitude of asymmetry is not identical. Due to this asymmetry NVIX is more of a gauge of investors’ fear, and portfolio insurance price than investor positive sentiment. The impact of changes in the stock returns on India NVIX is more when there are negative returns as compared to positive returns. These results have potential implications for the portfolio diversification, volatility traders and options trading-timing in the equity markets.



implied volatility; India NVIX; S&P CNX Nifty; inter-temporal; asymmetric; stock returns: emerging markets; market efficiency

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