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Finite Sample Accuracy of Integrated Volatility Estimators

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  • Morten Ørregaard Nielsen

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    (Queen's University and CREATES)

  • Per Houmann Frederiksen

    (Nordea Bank)

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We consider the properties of three estimation methods for integrated volatility, i.e. realized volatility, the Fourier estimator, and the wavelet estimator, when a typical sample of high-frequency data is observed. We employ several different generating mechanisms for the instantaneous volatility process, e.g. Ornstein-Uhlenbeck, long memory, and jump processes. The possibility of market microstructure contamination is also entertained using a model with bid-ask bounce in which case alternative estimators with theoretical justification under market microstructure noise are also examined. The estimation methods are compared in a simulation study which reveals a general robustness towards persistence or jumps in the latent stochastic volatility process. However, bid-ask bounce effects render realized volatility and especially the wavelet estimator less useful in practice, whereas the Fourier method remains useful and is superior to the other two estimators in that case. More strikingly, even compared to bias correction methods for microstructure noise, the Fourier method is superior with respect to RMSE while having only slightly higher bias.

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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1225.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2005
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Keywords: Bid-ask bounce; finite sample bias; integrated volatility; long memory; market microstructure; Monte Carlo simulation; realized volatility; wavelet;

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  1. Torben G. Andersen & Tim Bollerslev & Francis X. Diebold, 2007. "Roughing It Up: Including Jump Components in the Measurement, Modeling and Forecasting of Return Volatility," CREATES Research Papers 2007-18, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
  2. Bent Jesper Christensen & Morten Ørregaard Nielsen, 2007. "The Effect of Long Memory in Volatility on Stock Market Fluctuations," CREATES Research Papers 2007-03, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
  3. Neil Shephard & Ole E. Barndorff-Nielsen, 2005. "Variation, jumps, market frictions and high frequency data in financial econometrics," Economics Series Working Papers 240, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  4. Torben G. Andersen & Tim Bollerslev & Per Frederiksen & Morten �rregaard Nielsen, 2010. "Continuous-time models, realized volatilities, and testable distributional implications for daily stock returns," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(2), pages 233-261.
  5. Neil Shephard, 2005. "Limit theorems for bipower variation in financial econometrics," Economics Series Working Papers 2005-FE-09, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  6. Bent Jesper Christensen & Morten Ørregaard Nielsen, 2005. "The Implied-Realized Volatility Relation with Jumps in Underlying Asset Prices," Working Papers 1186, Queen's University, Department of Economics.

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