The Signal of Volatility
AbstractThe present study addresses the economic interpretation of stock market volatility. We argue that its character is inherently ambivalent, being considered as an indicator of either information flow or uncertainty.We discriminate between these views by measuring the fraction of price changes that feeds into other markets depending on the prevailing level of volatility. This exploits the revealed reaction of investors to gauge the degree of information and uncertainty ascribed to volatility. We estimate simultaneous timevarying coefficient models, using data of US and further stock markets. We find the signal of volatility to depend crucially on the combination of its ”sender” and ”receiver”.
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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Information; Uncertainty; Spillover; Simultaneous Equations; Identification;
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- G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
- C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models
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