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Modeling and Forecasting the Dynamics in Romanian Stock Market Indices Using Threshold Models


  • Acatrinei, Marius Cristian

    () (National Institute for Economic Research, Romanian Academy)

  • Caraiani, Petre

    () (Institute for Economic Forecasting, Romanian Academy)


We investigate the existence of nonlinear patterns in the dynamics of the main stock index returns in Romania. We use daily closing data of the BET stock index series from 2004 to early 2010. Based on several tests for nonlinearity we reject the null hypothesis of linearity. We use several types of threshold models and compare their fitness and forecasting performance with basic AR models. We found that the LSTAR and SETAR models fit best the data; however, they cannot outperform the simpler AR models in forecasting. These results suggest that although there are nonlinear features in data, the threshold models are not complex enough to reveal the data complexity.

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  • Acatrinei, Marius Cristian & Caraiani, Petre, 2011. "Modeling and Forecasting the Dynamics in Romanian Stock Market Indices Using Threshold Models," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(2), pages 42-54, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rjr:romjef:v::y:2011:i:2:p:42-54

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    1. Andrei ANGHEL & Dalina DUMITRESCU & Cristiana TUDOR, 2015. "Modeling Portfolio Returns On Bucharest Stock Exchange Using The Fama-French Multifactor Model," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(1), pages 22-46, March.

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    Nonlinear Models; Forecasting Models; Threshold Autoregression; Smooth Transition Autoregression; Simulation Techniques;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection


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