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Modeling the leverage effect with copulas and realized volatility

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  • Ning, Cathy
  • Xu, Dinghai
  • Wirjanto, Tony S.

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In this paper, we propose the use of static and dynamic copulas to study the leverage effect in the S&P 500 index. Copula models can conveniently separate the leverage effect from the marginal distributions of the return and its volatility. Daily volatility is proxied by a measure of realized volatility, which is constructed from high-frequency data. We uncover a significant leverage effect in the S&P 500 index, and this leverage effect is found to be changing over time in a highly persistent manner. Moreover the dynamic copula models are shown to outperform the static counterparts.

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  • Ning, Cathy & Xu, Dinghai & Wirjanto, Tony S., 2008. "Modeling the leverage effect with copulas and realized volatility," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 5(4), pages 221-227, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:5:y:2008:i:4:p:221-227
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