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An empirical investigation of continuoustime equity return models
 Journal of Finance
, 2002
"... This paper extends the class of stochastic volatility diffusions for asset returns to encompass Poisson jumps of timevarying intensity. We find that any reasonably descriptive continuoustime model for equityindex returns must allow for discrete jumps as well as stochastic volatility with a pronou ..."
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This paper extends the class of stochastic volatility diffusions for asset returns to encompass Poisson jumps of timevarying intensity. We find that any reasonably descriptive continuoustime model for equityindex returns must allow for discrete jumps as well as stochastic volatility with a pronounced negative relationship between return and volatility innovations. We also find that the dominant empirical characteristics of the return process appear to be priced by the option market. Our analysis indicates a general correspondence between the evidence extracted from daily equityindex returns and the stylized features of the corresponding options market prices. MUCH ASSET AND DERIVATIVE PRICING THEORY is based on diffusion models for primary securities. However, prescriptions for practical applications derived from these models typically produce disappointing results. A possible explanation could be that analytic formulas for pricing and hedging are available for only a limited set of continuoustime representations for asset returns
The CrossSection of Volatility and Expected Returns
 Journal of Finance
, 2006
"... We especially thank an anonymous referee and Rob Stambaugh, the editor, for helpful suggestions that greatly improved the article. Andrew Ang and Bob Hodrick both acknowledge support from the NSF. ..."
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We especially thank an anonymous referee and Rob Stambaugh, the editor, for helpful suggestions that greatly improved the article. Andrew Ang and Bob Hodrick both acknowledge support from the NSF.
The Dynamics of Stochastic Volatility: Evidence from Underlying and Option Markets
, 2000
"... This paper proposes and estimates a more general parametric stochastic variance model of equity index returns than has been previously considered using data from both underlying and options markets. The parameters of the model under both the objective and riskneutral measures are estimated simultane ..."
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This paper proposes and estimates a more general parametric stochastic variance model of equity index returns than has been previously considered using data from both underlying and options markets. The parameters of the model under both the objective and riskneutral measures are estimated simultaneously. I conclude that the square root stochastic variance model of Heston (1993) and others is incapable of generating realistic returns behavior and find that the data are more accurately represented by a stochastic variance model in the CEV class or a model that allows the price and variance processes to have a timevarying correlation. Specifically, I find that as the level of market variance increases, the volatility of market variance increases rapidly and the correlation between the price and variance processes becomes substantially more negative. The heightened heteroskedasticity in market variance that results generates realistic crash probabilities and dynamics and causes returns to display values of skewness and kurtosis much more consistent with their sample values. While the model dramatically improves the fit of options prices relative to the square root process, it falls short of explaining the implied volatility smile for shortdated options.
Separating microstructure noise from volatility
, 2006
"... There are two variance components embedded in the returns constructed using high frequency asset prices: the timevarying variance of the unobservable efficient returns that would prevail in a frictionless economy and the variance of the equally unobservable microstructure noise. Using sample moment ..."
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There are two variance components embedded in the returns constructed using high frequency asset prices: the timevarying variance of the unobservable efficient returns that would prevail in a frictionless economy and the variance of the equally unobservable microstructure noise. Using sample moments of high frequency return data recorded at different frequencies, we provide a simple and robust technique to identify both variance components. In the context of a volatilitytiming trading strategy, we show that careful (optimal) separation of the two volatility components of the observed stock returns yields substantial utility gains.
MICROSTRUCTURE NOISE, REALIZED VARIANCE, AND OPTIMAL SAMPLING
, 2005
"... Observed asset prices are known to deviate from their efficient values due to market microstructure frictions. This paper studies the effects of market microstructure noise on nonparametric estimates of the efficient price integrated variance. Specifically, we consider both asymptotic and finite sam ..."
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Observed asset prices are known to deviate from their efficient values due to market microstructure frictions. This paper studies the effects of market microstructure noise on nonparametric estimates of the efficient price integrated variance. Specifically, we consider both asymptotic and finite sample effects of general market microstructure noise on realized variance estimates. The finite sample results culminate in a variance/bias tradeoff that serves as a basis for an optimal sampling theory. Our theory also considers the effects of prefiltering the data and proposes a novel biascorrection. We show that this theory is easily implementable in practise requiring only the calculation of sample moments of the observable highfrequency return data.
Jumps in financial markets: A new nonparametric test and jump clustering
, 2007
"... This article introduces a new nonparametric test to detect jump arrival times and realized jump sizes in asset prices up to the intraday level. We demonstrate that the likelihood of misclassification of jumps becomes negligible when we use highfrequency returns. Using our test, we examine jump dyn ..."
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This article introduces a new nonparametric test to detect jump arrival times and realized jump sizes in asset prices up to the intraday level. We demonstrate that the likelihood of misclassification of jumps becomes negligible when we use highfrequency returns. Using our test, we examine jump dynamics and their distributions in the U.S. equity markets. The results show that individual stock jumps are associated with prescheduled earnings announcements and other companyspecific news events. Additionally, S&P 500 Index jumps are associated with general market news announcements. This suggests different pricing models for individual equity options versus index options. (JEL G12, G22, G14) Financial markets sometimes generate significant discontinuities, socalled jumps, in financial variables. A number of recent empirical and theoretical studies proved the existence of jumps and their substantial impact on financial management, from portfolio and risk management to option and bond pricing
Frailty Correlated Default
, 2008
"... This paper shows that the probability of extreme default losses on portfolios of U.S. corporate debt is much greater than would be estimated under the standard assumption that default correlation arises only from exposure to observable risk factors. At the high confidence levels at which bank loan p ..."
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This paper shows that the probability of extreme default losses on portfolios of U.S. corporate debt is much greater than would be estimated under the standard assumption that default correlation arises only from exposure to observable risk factors. At the high confidence levels at which bank loan portfolio and CDO default losses are typically measured for economiccapital and rating purposes, our empirical results indicate that conventionally based estimates are downward biased by a full order of magnitude on test portfolios. Our estimates are based on U.S. public nonfinancial firms existing between 1979 and 2004. We find strong evidence for the presence of common latent factors, even when controlling for observable factors that provide the most accurate available model of firmbyfirm default probabilities. ∗ We are grateful for financial support from Moody’s Corporation and Morgan Stanley, and for research assistance from Sabri Oncu and Vineet Bhagwat. We are also grateful for remarks from Torben Andersen, André Lucas, Richard Cantor, Stav Gaon, Tyler Shumway, and especially Michael Johannes. This revision is much improved because of suggestions by a referee, an associate editor, and Campbell Harvey. We are thankful to Moodys and to Ed Altman for generous assistance with data. Duffie is at The Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. Eckner and Horel are at Merrill Lynch. Saita is at Lehman
Smooth Particle Filters for Likelihood Evaluation and Maximisation
, 2002
"... In this paper, a method is introduced for approximating the likelihood for the unknown parameters of a state space model. The approximation converges to the true likelihood as the simulation size goes to infinity. In addition, the approximating likelihood is continuous as a function of the unknown p ..."
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In this paper, a method is introduced for approximating the likelihood for the unknown parameters of a state space model. The approximation converges to the true likelihood as the simulation size goes to infinity. In addition, the approximating likelihood is continuous as a function of the unknown parameters under rather general conditions. The approach advocated is fast, robust and avoids many of the pitfalls associated with current techniques based upon importance sampling. We assess the performance of the method by considering a linear state space model, comparing the results with the Kalman filter, which delivers the true likelihood. We also apply the method to a nonGaussian state space model, the Stochastic Volatility model, finding that the approach is efficient and effective. Applications to continuous time finance models are also considered. A result is established which allows the likelihood to be estimated quickly and efficiently using the output from the general auxilary particle filter.
Robust Numerical Methods for Contingent Claims under Jump Diffusion Processes
 IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis
, 2003
"... An implicit method is developed for the numerical solution of option pricing models where it is assumed that the underlying process is a jump diffusion. This method can be applied to a variety of contingent claim valuations, including American options, various kinds of exotic options, and models wit ..."
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An implicit method is developed for the numerical solution of option pricing models where it is assumed that the underlying process is a jump diffusion. This method can be applied to a variety of contingent claim valuations, including American options, various kinds of exotic options, and models with uncertain volatility or transaction costs. Proofs of timestepping stability and convergence of a fixed point iteration scheme are presented. For typical model parameters, it is shown that the fixed point iteration reduces the error by two orders of magnitude at each iteration. The correlation integral is computed using a fast Fourier transform (FFT) method. Techniques are developed for avoiding wraparound effects. Numerical tests of convergence for a variety of options are presented.
News Arrival, Jump Dynamics, and Volatility Components for Individual Stock Returns
, 2003
"... This paper models components of the return distribution, which are assumed to be directed by a latent news process. The conditional variance of returns is a combination of jumps and smoothly changing components. A heterogeneous Poisson process with a timevarying conditional intensity parameter gove ..."
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This paper models components of the return distribution, which are assumed to be directed by a latent news process. The conditional variance of returns is a combination of jumps and smoothly changing components. A heterogeneous Poisson process with a timevarying conditional intensity parameter governs the likelihood of jumps. Unlike typical jump models with stochastic volatility, previous realizations of both jump and normal innovations can feed back asymmetrically into expected volatility. This model improves forecasts of volatility, particularly after large changes in stock returns. We provide empirical evidence of the impact and feedback effects of jump versus normal return innovations, leverage effects, and the timeseries dynamics of jump clustering. THERE IS A WIDESPREAD PERCEPTION in the financial press that volatility of asset returns has been changing. The new economy is introducing more uncertainty. Indeed, it can be argued that volatility is being transferred from the economy at large into the financial markets, which bear the necessary adjustment shocks. 1