Non-Diversifiable Volatility Risk and Risk Premiums at Earnings Announcements
Author(s)Barth, Mary E.; So, Eric
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This study seeks to determine whether earnings announcements pose non-diversifiable volatility risk that commands a risk premium. We find that investors anticipate some earnings announcements to convey news that increases market return volatility and pay a premium to hedge this non-diversifiable risk. In particular, we find evidence of risk premiums embedded in prices of firms' traded options that are significantly positively associated with the extent to which the firms' earnings announcements pose non-diversifiable volatility risk. In addition, we find that volatility risk premiums are concentrated among bellwether firms and result in predictable variation in option straddle returns around earnings announcements. Taken together, our findings show that some earnings announcements pose non-diversifiable volatility risk that commands a risk premium.
The Accounting Review
American Accounting Association
Barth, Mary E., and So, Eric C. “Non-Diversifiable Volatility Risk and Risk Premiums at Earnings Announcements.” The Accounting Review 89, 5 (September 2014): 1579–1607