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Empirical Analyses of Industry Stock Index Return Distributions for the Taiwan Stock Exchange


  • Svetlozar T. Rachev

    (School of Economics and Business Engineering, University of Karlsruhe)

  • Chufang Wu

    (Department of Applied Mathematics, National Donghua University of Taiwan)

  • Frank J. Fabozzi

    (Finance and Becton Fellow, School of Management, Yale University)


We study the daily return distributions for 22 industry stock indexes on the Tai-wan Stock Exchange under the unconditional homoskedastic independent, identically distributed and the conditional heteroskedastic GARCH models. Two distribution hypotheses are tested: the Gaussian and the stable Paretian distributions. The performance of the stable Paretian distribution is better than that of the Gaussian distribution. A back-testing example is provided to give evidence on the superiority of the stable ARMA-GARCH to the normal ARMA-GARCH.

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  • Svetlozar T. Rachev & Chufang Wu & Frank J. Fabozzi, 2007. "Empirical Analyses of Industry Stock Index Return Distributions for the Taiwan Stock Exchange," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 8(1), pages 21-31, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cuf:journl:y:2007:v:8:i:1:p:21-31

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    1. Yuri Heymann, 2016. "A test of financial time-series data to discriminate among lognormal, Gaussian and square-root random walks," Computational Statistics, Springer, vol. 31(4), pages 1373-1383, December.

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    Stable distributions; ARMA-GARCH; Heavy tails; Volatility clustering; Value at risk;

    JEL classification:

    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)


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