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Rethinking Long Memory and Structural Breaks in the Forward Premium


  • Xiao-Ming Li


type="main" xml:id="sjpe12053-abs-0001"> This paper documents new results that the ability of structural breaks to explain away non-stationary long memory in the forward premium weakens considerably with higher-frequency data. For daily data, removing structural breaks does not make non-stationary long memory stationary, contrary to the evidence for monthly data reported in the recent literature. Simulating data on a daily basis, we show that using monthly data tends to overstate the importance of structural breaks, and obfuscate the true nature of persistence, in the forward premium. Our results thus corroborate earlier findings that long memory bears primary responsibility for the forward premium anomaly.

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  • Xiao-Ming Li, 2014. "Rethinking Long Memory and Structural Breaks in the Forward Premium," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 61(4), pages 455-485, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:61:y:2014:i:4:p:455-485

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    1. Cho, Dooyeon, 2018. "On the persistence of the forward premium in the joint presence of nonlinearity, asymmetry, and structural changes," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 70(C), pages 310-319.

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