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Nonlinear Dynamics of Daily Cash Prices


  • Seung-Ryong Yang
  • B. Wade Brorsen


Daily cash price changes are not normally distributed. Their empirical distributions have fat tails and most are skewed. In addition, they are not independent. Among the diffusion-jump, extended generalized autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity (GARCH), and deterministic chaos processes, a GARCH process with residuals following a student distribution is the most likely. Our GARCH model reduces leptokurtosis, removes nonlinear dependence, and provides a considerable improvement over the i.i.d. normal model. The GARCH process is not well calibrated because it cannot explain all the observed nonnormality, but it does yield asymptotically valid hypothesis tests.

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  • Seung-Ryong Yang & B. Wade Brorsen, 1992. "Nonlinear Dynamics of Daily Cash Prices," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 74(3), pages 706-715.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:74:y:1992:i:3:p:706-715.

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