Eachway Call Vega

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Eachway call vega describes the change in the fair value of an eachway call due to a change in implied volatility. The eachway call vega is the first derivative of the eachway call value with respect to a change in implied volatility and is depicted as:

V = \frac{dP}{dσ}

Evaluating Eachway Call Vega

Eachway Call Vega = 0.4 x Binary Call Vega(K1) + 0.6 x Binary Call Vega(K2)

where the right hand terms are the binary call vega with strikes K1 and K2 respectively

Eachway Call Vega Over Time

Eachway call fair value is displayed against time to expiry in Figure 1. It is the same profile as Figure 2a of Eachway Call and it is added to this page for reference.

Eachway Call w.r.t. Time to Expiry
Figure 1 – Eachway Call w.r.t. Time to Expiry

Figure 2’s 0.1-day profile is just the 99.00 eachway call vega alongside the 101.00 eachway call vega. The vega of the lower strike call and the vega of the upper strike call have no material effect on each other.

Eachway Call Vega w.r.t. Time to Expiry
Figure 2 – Eachway Call Vega w.r.t. Time to Expiry

In contrast the 25-day vega at 98.00 is 0.0193 falls in a smooth line to -0.0185 at 102.00

At 98.00 and 102.00, with 25 days to expiry, a given incremental change in volatility will have the largest effect on the eachway call value.

Between the strikes there is no discernible pattern as the change in volatility has no consistent effect on the vega. What one can say with conviction is that from an asset price below the lower strike to above the upper strike, assuming enough days to expiry, the vega will decrease.

Eachway Call Vega and Volatility

Figure 3 provides eachway call vega over a range of implied volatilities. What this graph is showing is how, with 5 days to expiry, a change in volatility will effect the vega at each implied volatility.

Eachway Call w.r.t. Volatility
Figure 3 – Eachway Call w.r.t. Volatility

When there are 5 days to expiry, assuming high enough volatility (+10%) yet again vega declines in a smooth manner as the asset price increases.

Eachway Call Vega w.r.t. Volatility
Figure 4 – Eachway Call Vega w.r.t. Volatility

When the volatility is just 2% the vega reflects the individual vegas of the 99.00 call and the 101.00 call.

In summary, the level of oscillation of the vega means that a short or long vega position is a lottery.

By: Hamish Raw

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