Volatility Skew

Volatility Skew - Definition

A graphical characteristic of the implied volatility of options of the same underlying asset across different strikes forming a right skewed curve.

What Is Volatility Skew?

Volatility Skew is one of two curve shapes formed by charting the implied volatility of options across the various strike prices. The other shape is the Volatility Smile. Basically, what the volatility Skew shows is that implied volatility is higher as the options go more and more In The Money (ITM), forming a right skewed curve, hence the name Volatility Skew. A Volatility Skew can also skew to the left, indicating higher implied volatilities for Out Of The Money (OTM) Options.

volatility Skew

Similar to the Volatility Smile, any assets with options displaying a Volatility Skew is displaying inconsistency with the theories of the Black-Scholes Model in terms of constant volatility and that higher demand exist for In The Money Options. Please Read Volatility Smile For Analysis Method Using Volatility Skews.

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2 Types Of Volatility Skew

There are 2 ways to chart Volatility Skews; Time Skew and Strike Skew. Time Skew is where implied volatility of options of the same strike is charted across different expiration dates. This Volatility Skew shows the future volatility of a particular option and may be indicative of future expectations. Strike Skew is the most common type of Volatility Skew where implied volatility of options of the same expiration is charted across the various strike prices. The Strike Skew is also what the explanation on Volatility Skew is referring to on this page.

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