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Estimating volatility on overlapping returns when returns are autocorrelated


  • Roy Kluitman
  • Philip Hans Franses


Overlapping financial returns are sometimes used to increase the efficiency and power of statistical tests and for Value-at-Risk analysis. This is particularly useful when there are not many observations, such as daily returns for emerging markets. Sometimes, returns show autocorrelation. In this paper, unbiased variance estimators are derived for overlapping returns when the returns are generated by AR(1) or MA(1) processes. A limited Monte Carlo experiment reveals that alternative estimators can suffer from substantial bias. The relevance of using proper estimators is emphasized by considering daily returns for six emerging markets.

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  • Roy Kluitman & Philip Hans Franses, 2002. "Estimating volatility on overlapping returns when returns are autocorrelated," Applied Mathematical Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(3), pages 179-188.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apmtfi:v:9:y:2002:i:3:p:179-188
    DOI: 10.1080/13504860210162029

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    1. Andrew W. Lo, A. Craig MacKinlay, 1988. "Stock Market Prices do not Follow Random Walks: Evidence from a Simple Specification Test," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 1(1), pages 41-66.
    2. Pauline Bod & David Blitz & Philip Hans Franses & Roy Kluitman, 2002. "An unbiased variance estimator for overlapping returns," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(3), pages 155-158.
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