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Autocorrelation as a source of truncated Lévy flights in foreign exchange rates

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  • Figueiredo, Annibal
  • Gleria, Iram
  • Matsushita, Raul
  • Da Silva, Sergio

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We suggest that the ultraslow speed of convergence associated with truncated Lévy flights (Phys. Rev. Lett. 73 (1994) 2946) may well be explained by autocorrelations in data. We show how a particular type of autocorrelation generates power laws consistent with a truncated Lévy flight. Stock exchanges have been suggested to be modeled by a truncated Lévy flight (Nature 376 (1995) 46; Physica A 297 (2001) 509; Econom. Bull. 7 (2002) 1). Here foreign exchange rate data are taken instead. Scaling power laws in the “probability of return to the origin” are shown to emerge for most currencies. A novel approach to measure how distant a process is from a Gaussian regime is presented.

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  • Figueiredo, Annibal & Gleria, Iram & Matsushita, Raul & Da Silva, Sergio, 2003. "Autocorrelation as a source of truncated Lévy flights in foreign exchange rates," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 323(C), pages 601-625.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:323:y:2003:i:c:p:601-625
    DOI: 10.1016/S0378-4371(03)00029-3
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    1. Annibal Figueiredo & Iram Gleria & Raul Matsushita & Sergio Da Silva, 2004. "On the origins of truncated Lévy flights," Finance 0404013, EconWPA.
    2. Matsushita, Raul & Gleria, Iram & Figueiredo, Annibal & Rathie, Pushpa & Da Silva, Sergio, 2004. "Exponentially damped Lévy flights, multiscaling, and exchange rates," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 333(C), pages 353-369.
    3. Liu, Lei & Hu, Fei, 2013. "Cascade-like and scaling behavior of wind velocity increments in the atmospheric surface layer," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 392(23), pages 5808-5816.
    4. da Silva, Roberto & Zembrzuski, Marcelo & Correa, Fabio C. & Lamb, Luis C., 2010. "Stock markets and criticality in the current economic crisis," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 389(23), pages 5460-5467.
    5. Medino, Ary V. & Lopes, Sílvia R.C. & Morgado, Rafael & Dorea, Chang C.Y., 2012. "Generalized Langevin equation driven by Lévy processes: A probabilistic, numerical and time series based approach," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 391(3), pages 572-581.
    6. Sergio Da Silva, 2004. "Autocorrelation and the Sum of Stochastic Variables," Finance 0405020, EconWPA.
    7. Gleria, Iram & Figueiredo, Annibal & Matsushita, Raul & Rathie, Pushpa & Da Silva, Sergio, 2004. "Exponentially damped Lévy flights, multiscaling and slow convergence in stockmarkets," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 342(1), pages 200-206.
    8. Figueiredo, Annibal & Gleria, Iram & Matsushita, Raul & Da Silva, Sergio, 2004. "Lévy flights, autocorrelation, and slow convergence," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 337(3), pages 369-383.
    9. Matsushita, Raul & Rathie, Pushpa & Da Silva, Sergio, 2003. "Exponentially damped Lévy flights," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 326(3), pages 544-555.
    10. Sergio Da Silva, 2004. "International Finance, Levy Distributions, and the Econophysics of Exchange Rates," International Finance 0405018, EconWPA.

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