ORATS most popular IV data point is our interpolated implied volatility reading. It is also called a constant maturity implied volatility. We show 10, 20, 30, 60, 90, 180 and 365 calendar day interpolations both with and without earnings effects taken out.

We calculate these by finding the two expirations around the constant maturity days and taking a weighted average of the two at the money implied volatilities.

Let's take an example of the 60 day ex-earnings interpolated implied volatility = 55.5% for TSLA on 1/4/2019.

 

TSLAinterpolations

 

The 2/22/2019 expiration has 50 days and 3/15/2019 has 71 days to expiration.

We use square roots of time so the total difference from the sqrt of 60 days or 7.7 is 1.35 = Abs(60days ^ 0.5 - 51days ^ 0.5) + Abs(60days ^ 0.5 - 71days ^ 0.5)

We use the 50 delta implied volatility less the earnings effect for the month weighted to find the 60 day ex-earn implied.

55.5 = (1.35 - Abs(60days ^ 0.5 - 51days ^ 0.5)) / 1.35 * (59.4 - 4.3) + Abs(60days ^ 0.5 - 51days ^ 0.5) / 1.35 * (58.9 - 2.9)

Note that if there was not an earnings effect for a month, the formula would use the 50 delta implied volatility less the earnings effect of zero. See how ORATS calculates the implied volatility attributable to earnings in our other blog post.

Here's a video to complement this blog: https://youtu.be/JsUL9-WzJTg

 

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