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Perspectives on risk measurement: a critical assessment of PC-GARCH against the main volatility forecasting models

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  • Matei, Marius

    () (ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University, Spain and National Institute for Economic Research, The Romanian Academy)

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The paper makes a critical assessment of the Principal Components-GARCH (PC-GARCH) model and argues why, when dealing with hundreds or thousands of variables, this model comes up as the most appropriate to be used. The suitability originates from the perspective of quality/cost ratio of volatility forecasts, allowing for a trade-off between quality and costs when computational efforts are significant. PC-GARCH not only provides a method that allows for simpler volatility modeling, reducing significantly the computational time and getting rid of any problem that may arise from complex data manipulations, but also improves the modeling process quality by ensuring a stricter control of noise due to more stable correlation estimates.

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  • Matei, Marius, 2012. "Perspectives on risk measurement: a critical assessment of PC-GARCH against the main volatility forecasting models," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(1), pages 95-115, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:rjr:romjef:v::y:2012:i:1:p:95-115
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    1. Andersen, Torben G & Bollerslev, Tim, 1998. "Answering the Skeptics: Yes, Standard Volatility Models Do Provide Accurate Forecasts," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 39(4), pages 885-905, November.
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    1. Acatrinei, Marius & Gorun, Adrian & Marcu, Nicu, 2013. "A DCC-GARCH Model To Estimate the Risk to the Capital Market in Romania," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(1), pages 136-148, March.

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    Keywords

    GARCH models; volatility forecasting; econometric models; evaluating forecasts; nonlinear time series;

    JEL classification:

    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics

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