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Which power variation predicts volatility well?

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  • Ghysels, Eric
  • Sohn, Bumjean

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We estimate MIDAS regressions with various (bi)power variations to predict future volatility - measured via increments in quadratic variation. Instead of pre-determining the (bi)power variation we parameterize it and estimate the intra-daily return power transformation that optimally predicts future increments in quadratic variation. We find that the longer the prediction horizon, the smaller the optimal power transformation.

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  • Ghysels, Eric & Sohn, Bumjean, 2009. "Which power variation predicts volatility well?," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 16(4), pages 686-700, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:empfin:v:16:y:2009:i:4:p:686-700
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