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Low-frequency components and the Weekend effect revisited: Evidence from Spectral Analysis


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  • Francois-Éric Racicot

    (Chaire d'information financière et organisationnelle ESG-UQAM, Laboratory for Research in Statistics and Probability, and UQO)


We revisit the well-known weekend anomaly (Gibbons and Hess, 1981; Harris, 1986; Smirlock and Straks, 1986; Connolly, 1989; Giovanis, 2010) using an established macroeconometric technique known as spectral analysis (Granger, 1964; Sargent, 1987). Our findings show that using regression analysis with dichotomous variables, spectral analysis helps establishing the robustness of the estimated parameters based on a sample of the S&P500 for the 1972-1973 period. As further evidence of cycles in financial times series, we relate our application of spectral analysis to the recent literature on low-frequency components in asset returns (Barberis et al., 2001; Grüne and Semmler, 2008; Semmler et al., 2009). We suggest investment practitioners to consider using spectral analysis for establishing the ‘stylized facts’ of the financial time series under scrutiny and for regression models validation purposes.

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Paper provided by Département des sciences administratives, UQO in its series RePAd Working Paper Series with number UQO-DSA-wp052011.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 30 May 2011
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Handle: RePEc:pqs:wpaper:052011

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Keywords: Spectral Analysis; Weekend Anomaly; Financial Cycles; Low-frequency Components; Asset Returns.;

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  1. Francois-Éric Racicot, 2007. "Techniques alternatives d’estimation et tests en présence d’erreurs de mesure sur les variables explicatives," RePAd Working Paper Series UQO-DSA-wp022007, Département des sciences administratives, UQO.
  2. Francois-Éric Racicot & Raymond Théoret, 2008. "Optimal Instrumental Variables Generators Based on Improved Hausman Regression, with an Application to Hedge Funds Returns," RePAd Working Paper Series UQO-DSA-wp012008, Département des sciences administratives, UQO.
  3. Keim, Donald B., 1983. "Size-related anomalies and stock return seasonality : Further empirical evidence," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 12(1), pages 13-32, June.
  4. Francois-Éric Racicot, 2000. "Estimation et tests en présence d'erreurs de mesure sur les variables explicatives : vérification empirique par la méthode de simulation Monte Carlo," RePAd Working Paper Series UQO-DSA-wp022008, Département des sciences administratives, UQO.
  5. Coen, Alain & Racicot, Francois-Eric, 2007. "Capital asset pricing models revisited: Evidence from errors in variables," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 95(3), pages 443-450, June.
  6. Grüne, Lars & Semmler, Willi, 2008. "Asset pricing with loss aversion," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 32(10), pages 3253-3274, October.
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  1. Guglielmo Maria Caporale & Luis A. Gil-Alana & Alex Plastun & Inna Makarenko, 2014. "The Weekend Effect: A Trading Robot and Fractional Integration Analysis," CESifo Working Paper Series 4849, CESifo Group Munich.


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