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Modeling and Forecasting Realized Volatility
, 2002
"... this paper is built. First, although raw returns are clearly leptokurtic, returns standardized by realized volatilities are approximately Gaussian. Second, although the distributions of realized volatilities are clearly rightskewed, the distributions of the logarithms of realized volatilities are a ..."
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this paper is built. First, although raw returns are clearly leptokurtic, returns standardized by realized volatilities are approximately Gaussian. Second, although the distributions of realized volatilities are clearly rightskewed, the distributions of the logarithms of realized volatilities are approximately Gaussian. Third, the longrun dynamics of realized logarithmic volatilities are well approximated by a fractionallyintegrated longmemory process. Motivated by the three ABDL empirical regularities, we proceed to estimate and evaluate a multivariate model for the logarithmic realized volatilities: a fractionallyintegrated Gaussian vector autoregression (VAR) . Importantly, our approach explicitly permits measurement errors in the realized volatilities. Comparing the resulting volatility forecasts to those obtained from currently popular daily volatility models and more complicated highfrequency models, we find that our simple Gaussian VAR forecasts generally produce superior forecasts. Furthermore, we show that, given the theoretically motivated and empirically plausible assumption of normally distributed returns conditional on the realized volatilities, the resulting lognormalnormal mixture forecast distribution provides conditionally wellcalibrated density forecasts of returns, from which we obtain accurate estimates of conditional return quantiles. In the remainder of this paper, we proceed as follows. We begin in section 2 by formally developing the relevant quadratic variation theory within a standard frictionless arbitragefree multivariate pricing environment. In section 3 we discuss the practical construction of realized volatilities from highfrequency foreign exchange returns. Next, in section 4 we summarize the salient distributional features of r...
Power and Bipower Variation with Stochastic Volatility and Jumps
, 2003
"... This paper shows that realised power variation and its extension we introduce here called realised bipower variation is somewhat robust to rare jumps. We show realised bipower variation estimates integrated variance in SV models  thus providing a model free and consistent alternative to realis ..."
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This paper shows that realised power variation and its extension we introduce here called realised bipower variation is somewhat robust to rare jumps. We show realised bipower variation estimates integrated variance in SV models  thus providing a model free and consistent alternative to realised variance. Its robustness property means that if we have an SV plus infrequent jumps process then the di#erence between realised variance and realised bipower variation estimates the quadratic variation of the jump component. This seems to be the first method which can divide up quadratic variation into its continuous and jump components. Various extensions are given. Proofs of special cases of these results are given.
Roughing It Up: Including Jump Components in the Measurement, Modeling and Forecasting of Return Volatility
 REVIEW OF ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS, FORTHCOMING
, 2006
"... A rapidly growing literature has documented important improvements in financial return volatility measurement and forecasting via use of realized variation measures constructed from highfrequency returns coupled with simple modeling procedures. Building on recent theoretical results in BarndorffNi ..."
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A rapidly growing literature has documented important improvements in financial return volatility measurement and forecasting via use of realized variation measures constructed from highfrequency returns coupled with simple modeling procedures. Building on recent theoretical results in BarndorffNielsen and Shephard (2004a, 2005) for related bipower variation measures, the present paper provides a practical and robust framework for nonparametrically measuring the jump component in asset return volatility. In an application to the DM/ $ exchange rate, the S&P500 market index, and the 30year U.S. Treasury bond yield, we find that jumps are both highly prevalent and distinctly less persistent than the continuous sample path variation process. Moreover, many jumps appear directly associated with specific macroeconomic news announcements. Separating jump from nonjump movements in a simple but sophisticated volatility forecasting model, we find that almost all of the predictability in daily, weekly, and monthly return volatilities comes from the nonjump component. Our results thus set the stage for a number of interesting future econometric developments and important financial applications by separately modeling, forecasting, and pricing the continuous and jump components of the total return variation process.
There is a riskreturn tradeoff after all
, 2004
"... This paper studies the intertemporal relation between the conditional mean and the conditional variance of the aggregate stock market return. We introduce a new estimator that forecasts monthly variance with past daily squared returns, the mixed data sampling (or MIDAS) approach. Using MIDAS, we fin ..."
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This paper studies the intertemporal relation between the conditional mean and the conditional variance of the aggregate stock market return. We introduce a new estimator that forecasts monthly variance with past daily squared returns, the mixed data sampling (or MIDAS) approach. Using MIDAS, we find a significantly positive relation between risk and return in the stock market. This finding is robust in subsamples, to asymmetric specifications of the variance process and to controlling for variables associated with the business cycle. We compare the MIDAS results with tests of the intertemporal capital asset pricing model based on alternative conditional variance specifications and explain the conflicting results in the literature. Finally, we offer new insights about the dynamics of conditional variance.
Expected stock returns and variance risk premia, working paper
, 2008
"... Motivated by the implications from a stylized selfcontained general equilibrium model incorporating the effects of timevarying economic uncertainty, we show that the difference between implied and realized variation, or the variance risk premium, is able to explain a nontrivial fraction of the ti ..."
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Motivated by the implications from a stylized selfcontained general equilibrium model incorporating the effects of timevarying economic uncertainty, we show that the difference between implied and realized variation, or the variance risk premium, is able to explain a nontrivial fraction of the time series variation in post 1990 aggregate stock market returns, with high (low) premia predicting high (low) future returns. Our empirical results depend crucially on the use of “modelfree, ” as opposed to BlackScholes, options implied volatilities, along with accurate realized variation measures constructed from highfrequency intraday, as opposed to daily, data. The magnitude of the predictability is particularly striking at the intermediate quarterly return horizon, where it easily dominates that afforded by other popular predictor variables, like the P/E ratio, the default spread, and the consumptionwealth ratio (CAY).
Automated Inference and Learning in Modeling Financial Volatility”, Econometric Theory
, 2005
"... This paper uses the SpecifictoGeneral methodological approach that is widely used in science, in which problems with existing theories are resolved as the need arises, to illustrate a number of important developments in the modelling of univariate and multivariate financial volatility. Twenty freq ..."
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This paper uses the SpecifictoGeneral methodological approach that is widely used in science, in which problems with existing theories are resolved as the need arises, to illustrate a number of important developments in the modelling of univariate and multivariate financial volatility. Twenty frequently arising issues in analysing timevarying univariate and multivariate conditional volatility and stochastic volatility are discussed. In view of some of these difficulties, including the number of parameters to be estimated, and the computational complexities associated with multivariate conditional volatility models and both univariate and multivariate stochastic volatility models, automated inference is argued to be unhelpful to modelling in empirical financial econometrics. Some suggestions for future research are also presented. *The author wishes to acknowledge helpful discussions with Manabu Asai, Massimiliano
2003), “Correcting the Errors: Volatility Forecast Evaluation Using HighFrequency Data and Realized Volatilities,” working paper
"... We develop general modelfree adjustment procedures for the calculation of unbiased volatility loss functions based on practically feasible realized volatility benchmarks. The procedures, which exploit the recent nonparametric asymptotic distributional results in BarndorffNielsen and Shephard (200 ..."
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We develop general modelfree adjustment procedures for the calculation of unbiased volatility loss functions based on practically feasible realized volatility benchmarks. The procedures, which exploit the recent nonparametric asymptotic distributional results in BarndorffNielsen and Shephard (2002a) along with new results explicitly allowing for leverage effects, are both easytoimplement and highly accurate in empirically realistic situations. On properly accounting for the measurement errors in the volatility forecast evaluations reported in Andersen, Bollerslev, Diebold and Labys (2003), the adjustments result in markedly higher estimates for the true degree of return volatility predictability.
A central limit theorem for realised power and bipower variations of continuous semimartingales
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, 2006
"... Summary. Consider a semimartingale of the form Yt = Y0 + ∫ t 0 asds + ∫ t σs − dWs, 0 where a is a locally bounded predictable process and σ (the “volatility”) is an adapted right–continuous process with left limits and W is a Brownian motion. We consider the realised bipower variation process V (Y; ..."
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Summary. Consider a semimartingale of the form Yt = Y0 + ∫ t 0 asds + ∫ t σs − dWs, 0 where a is a locally bounded predictable process and σ (the “volatility”) is an adapted right–continuous process with left limits and W is a Brownian motion. We consider the realised bipower variation process V (Y; r, s) n t = n r+s