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Asymmetry and Leverage in Realized Volatility

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  • Manabu Asai

    (Faculty of Economics, Soka University)

  • Michael McAleer

    (Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tinbergen Institute and Center for International Research on the Japanese Economy (CIRJE), Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

  • Marcelo C. Medeiros

    (Department of Economics Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)

Abstract

A wide variety of conditional and stochastic variance models has been used to estimate latent volatility (or risk). In both the conditional and stochastic volatility literature, there has been some confusion between the definitions of asymmetry and leverage. In this paper, we first show the relationship among conditional, stochastic, integrated and realized volatilities. Then we develop a new asymmetric volatility model, which takes account of small and large, and positive and negative, shocks. Using the new specification, we examine alternative volatility models that have recently been developed and estimated in order to understand the differences and similarities in the definitions of asymmetry and leverage. We extend the new specification to realized volatility by taking account of measurement errors. As an empirical example, we apply the new model to the realized volatility of Standard and Poor's 500 Composite Index using Efficient Importance Sampling to show that the new specification of asymmetry significantly improves the goodness of fit, and that the out-of-sample forecasts and VaR thresholds are satisfactory.

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Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-656.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2009
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Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:2009cf656

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  1. Siem Jan Koopman & Marcel Scharth, 2011. "The Analysis of Stochastic Volatility in the Presence of Daily Realised Measures," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 11-132/4, Tinbergen Institute.

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