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Validity of discrete-time stochastic volatility models in non-synchronous equity markets


  • Per Bjarte Solibakke


The paper investigates the validity of versions of discrete-time stochastic volatility models for index series known to contain component stocks exhibiting non-synchronous trading. The efficient method of moments (EMM) is used to fit versions of the discrete-time stochastic volatility (SV) model. The EMM methodology confronts moment conditions generated by a score generator (SNP) that are valid by construction. The moment generator suggests non-linearity in the index series. The EMM construction shows that a classical discrete time stochastic volatility model is rejected. An extended model incorporating an asymmetric volatility specification validates all the moment scores. Option values from Black and Scholes (BS) and Monte Carlo simulations (MC) seem significantly different. The results suggest that BS does not price asymmetry adequately. Asymmetry suggests increased market risk inducing higher BS call prices and lower (higher) BS put pricing for ATM and OTM options (ITM) relative to MC.

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  • Per Bjarte Solibakke, 2003. "Validity of discrete-time stochastic volatility models in non-synchronous equity markets," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(5), pages 420-448.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjfi:v:9:y:2003:i:5:p:420-448 DOI: 10.1080/1351847032000087795

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