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Rangebased estimation of stochastic volatility models
, 2002
"... We propose using the price range in the estimation of stochastic volatility models. We show theoretically, numerically, and empirically that rangebased volatility proxies are not only highly efficient, but also approximately Gaussian and robust to microstructure noise. Hence rangebased Gaussian qu ..."
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We propose using the price range in the estimation of stochastic volatility models. We show theoretically, numerically, and empirically that rangebased volatility proxies are not only highly efficient, but also approximately Gaussian and robust to microstructure noise. Hence rangebased Gaussian quasimaximum likelihood estimation produces highly efficient estimates of stochastic volatility models and extractions of latent volatility. We use our method to examine the dynamics of daily exchange rate volatility and find the evidence points strongly toward twofactor models with one highly persistent factor and one quickly meanreverting factor. VOLATILITY IS A CENTRAL CONCEPT in finance, whether in asset pricing, portfolio choice, or risk management. Not long ago, theoretical models routinely assumed constant volatility ~e.g., Merton ~1969!, Black and Scholes ~1973!!. Today, however, we widely acknowledge that volatility is both time varying and predictable ~e.g., Andersen and Bollerslev ~1997!!, andstochastic volatility models are commonplace. Discrete and continuoustime stochastic volatility models are extensively used in theoretical finance, empirical finance, and financial econometrics, both in academe and industry ~e.g., Hull and
Maximum likelihood estimation for stochastic volatility models
 JOURNAL OF FINANCIAL ECONOMICS
, 2007
"... We develop and implement a method for maximum likelihood estimation in closedform of stochastic volatility models. Using Monte Carlo simulations, we compare a full likelihood procedure, where an option price is inverted into the unobservable volatility state, to an approximate likelihood procedure ..."
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We develop and implement a method for maximum likelihood estimation in closedform of stochastic volatility models. Using Monte Carlo simulations, we compare a full likelihood procedure, where an option price is inverted into the unobservable volatility state, to an approximate likelihood procedure where the volatility state is replaced by proxies based on the implied volatility of a shortdated atthemoney option. The approximation results in a small loss of accuracy relative to the standard errors due to sampling noise. We apply this method to market prices of index options for several stochastic volatility models, and compare the characteristics of the estimated models. The evidence for a general CEV model, which nests both the affine Heston model and a GARCH model, suggests that the elasticity of variance of volatility lies between that assumed by the two nested models.
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.
Variation, jumps, market frictions and high frequency data in financial econometrics
, 2005
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Some Like it Smooth, and Some Like it Rough: Untangling Continuous and Jump Components in Measuring, Modeling, and Forecasting Asset Return Volatility
, 2003
"... A rapidly growing literature has documented important improvements in volatility measurement and forecasting performance through the use of realized volatilities constructed from highfrequency returns coupled with relatively simple reduced form time series modeling procedures. Building on recent th ..."
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A rapidly growing literature has documented important improvements in volatility measurement and forecasting performance through the use of realized volatilities constructed from highfrequency returns coupled with relatively simple reduced form time series modeling procedures. Building on recent theoretical results from BarndorffNielsen and Shephard (2003c) for related bipower variation measures involving the sum of highfrequency absolute returns, the present paper provides a practical framework for nonparametrically measuring the jump component in the realized volatility measurements. Exploiting these ideas for a decade of highfrequency fiveminute returns for the DM/ $ exchange rate, the S&P500 aggregate market index, and the 30year U.S. Treasury Bond, we find the jump components to be distinctly less persistent than the contribution to the overall return variability originating from the continuous sample path component of the price process. Explicitly including the jump measure as an additional explanatory variable in an easytoimplement reduced form model for the realized volatilities results in highly significant jump coefficient estimates at the daily, weekly and quarterly forecasts horizons. As such, our results hold promise for improved financial asset allocation, risk management, and derivatives pricing, by separate modeling, forecasting and pricing of the continuous and jump components of the total return variability.
A DiscreteTime Model for Daily S&P500 Returns and Realized Variations: Jumps and Leverage Effects
, 2007
"... We develop an empirically highly accurate discretetime daily stochastic volatility model that explicitly distinguishes between the jump and continuoustime components of price movements using nonparametric realized variation and Bipower variation measures constructed from highfrequency intraday dat ..."
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We develop an empirically highly accurate discretetime daily stochastic volatility model that explicitly distinguishes between the jump and continuoustime components of price movements using nonparametric realized variation and Bipower variation measures constructed from highfrequency intraday data. The model setup allows us to directly assess the structural interdependencies among the shocks to returns and the two different volatility components. The model estimates suggest that the leverage effect, or asymmetry between returns and volatility, works primarily through the continuous volatility component. The excellent fit of the model makes it an ideal candidate for an easytoimplement auxiliary model in the context of indirect estimation of empirically more realistic continuoustime jump diffusion and Lévydriven stochastic volatility models, effectively incorporating the interdaily dependencies inherent in the highfrequency intraday data.
Variational Sums and Power Variation: a unifying approach to model selection and estimation in semimartingale models
 Statistics & Decisions
, 2003
"... In the framework of general semimartingale models we provide limit theorems for variational sums including the pth power variation, i.e. the sum of pth absolute powers of increments of a process. This gives new insight in the use of quadratic and realised power variation as an estimate for the ..."
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In the framework of general semimartingale models we provide limit theorems for variational sums including the pth power variation, i.e. the sum of pth absolute powers of increments of a process. This gives new insight in the use of quadratic and realised power variation as an estimate for the integrated volatility in finance. It also provides a criterion to decide from high frequency data, whether a jump component should be included in the model. Furthermore, results on the asymptotic behaviour of integrals with respect to Levy processes, estimates for integrals with respect to Levy measures and nonparametric estimation for Levy processes will be derived and viewed in the framework of variational sums.
Edgeworth expansions for realized volatility and related estimators
, 2005
"... This paper shows that the asymptotic normal approximation is often insufficiently accurate for volatility estimators based on high frequency data. To remedy this, we derive Edgeworth expansions for such estimators. The expansions are developed in the framework of smallnoise asymptotics. The results ..."
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This paper shows that the asymptotic normal approximation is often insufficiently accurate for volatility estimators based on high frequency data. To remedy this, we derive Edgeworth expansions for such estimators. The expansions are developed in the framework of smallnoise asymptotics. The results have application to CornishFisher inversion and help setting intervals more accurately than those relying on normal distribution.
Stochastic Volatility
, 2005
"... Stochastic volatility (SV) is the main concept used in the fields of financial economics and mathematical finance to deal with the endemic timevarying volatility and codependence found in financial markets. Such dependence has been known for a long time, early comments include Mandelbrot (1963) and ..."
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Stochastic volatility (SV) is the main concept used in the fields of financial economics and mathematical finance to deal with the endemic timevarying volatility and codependence found in financial markets. Such dependence has been known for a long time, early comments include Mandelbrot (1963) and Officer (1973). It was also clear to the founding fathers of modern continuous time finance that homogeneity was an unrealistic if convenient simplification, e.g. Black and Scholes (1972, p. 416) wrote “... there is evidence of nonstationarity in the variance. More work must be done to predict variances using the information available. ” Heterogeneity has deep implications for the theory and practice of financial economics and econometrics. In particular, asset pricing theory is dominated by the idea that higher rewards may be expected when we face higher risks, but these risks change through time in complicated ways. Some of the changes in the level of risk can be modelled stochastically, where the level of volatility and degree of codependence between assets is allowed to change over time. Such models allow us to explain, for example, empirically observed departures from BlackScholesMerton prices for options and understand why we should expect to see occasional dramatic moves in financial markets. The outline of this article is as follows. In section 2 I will trace the origins of SV and provide links with the basic models used today in the literature. In section 3 I will briefly discuss some of the innovations in the second generation of SV models. In section 4 I will briefly discuss the literature on conducting inference for SV models. In section 5 I will talk about the use of SV to price options. In section 6 I will consider the connection of SV with realised volatility. A extensive reviews of this literature is given in Shephard (2005). 2 The origin of SV models The origins of SV are messy, I will give five accounts, which attribute the subject to different sets of people.