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Variance Spillover and Skewness in Financial Asset Returns


  • Bob Korkie
  • Ranjini Sivakumar
  • Harry J. Turtle


Bond and stock returns have been observed in the literature to exhibit unconditional skewness and temporal persistence in conditional skewness. We demonstrate that observed persistence in conditional third central moments can be due to the spillover of conditional variance dynamics. The confounding of true skewness and a variance spillover effect is problematic for financial modeling. Using market data, we empirically demonstrate that a simple standardization approach removes the variance-induced skewness persistence. An important implication is that more parsimonious return and asset pricing models result if skewness persistence need not be modeled. Copyright 2006 by the Eastern Finance Association.

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  • Bob Korkie & Ranjini Sivakumar & Harry J. Turtle, 2006. "Variance Spillover and Skewness in Financial Asset Returns," The Financial Review, Eastern Finance Association, vol. 41(1), pages 139-156, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:finrev:v:41:y:2006:i:1:p:139-156

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    1. Do, Hung Xuan & Brooks, Robert & Treepongkaruna, Sirimon & Wu, Eliza, 2016. "Stock and currency market linkages: New evidence from realized spillovers in higher moments," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 167-185.
    2. Do, Hung Xuan & Brooks, Robert & Treepongkaruna, Sirimon, 2015. "Realized spill-over effects between stock and foreign exchange market: Evidence from regional analysis," Global Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 24-37.
    3. I-Hsuan Ethan Chiang, 2016. "Skewness And Coskewness In Bond Returns," Journal of Financial Research, Southern Finance Association;Southwestern Finance Association, vol. 39(2), pages 145-178, June.

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