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It’s all about volatility (of volatility): evidence from a two-factor stochastic volatility model

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  • Stefano Grassi

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  • Paolo Santucci de Magistris

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The persistent nature of equity volatility is investigated by means of a multi-factor stochastic volatility model with time varying parameters. The parameters are estimated by means of a sequential indirect inference procedure which adopts as auxiliary model a time-varying generalization of the HAR model for the realized volatility series. It emerges that during the recent financial crisis the relative weight of the daily component dominates over the monthly term. The estimates of the two factor stochastic volatility model suggest that the change in the dynamic structure of the realized volatility during the financial crisis is due to the increase in the volatility of the persistent volatility term. As a consequence of the dynamics in the stochastic volatility parameters, the shape and curvature of the volatility smile evolve trough time.

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  • Stefano Grassi & Paolo Santucci de Magistris, 2013. "It’s all about volatility (of volatility): evidence from a two-factor stochastic volatility model," CREATES Research Papers 2013-03, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University.
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    Time-Varying Parameters; On-line Kalman Filter; Simulation-based inference; Predictive Likelihood; Volatility Factors;

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    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • C00 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - General
    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics

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