- When IV increases 1%,
- Absolute(Vega) changes (decreases) about 7.5% at current price and VIX levels;
- Absolute(Vega) changes (reduces) relatively larger at far far OTM strikes;
- Vega changes little around break-even points;
- Vega is most negative at the center of the portfolio P&L chart.
The change of portfolio Vega described in this post also shows its conformance to the Vega changes of the straight options of calls and puts. For straight options, the Vega has the following characteristics in general.
- Vega vs time: Vega is higher when option has more time (shown in volatility skew of expiration cycles or Vega has time decay too!).
- Vega vs price: Vega (All Greeks except Delta) is highest for ATM options.
- Vega vs volatility: The higher the volatility, the higher the Vega? Not necessarily!
- Vega is the option's sensitivity to its implied volatility and not directly proportional to volatility. Although the volatility values are higher for OTM put option strikes (shown in volatility skew of strikes), the option's sensitivities to IV for OTM options are lower, i.e. the Vega of OTM options is lower than that of the ATM options. However, for the same option strikes, Vega is higher if IV is higher.