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A Dynamic Analysis of Moving Average Rules

  • Chiarella, C.
  • He, X.-Z.

    (University of Technology, Sydney)

  • Hommes, C.H.


    (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

The use of various moving average rules remains popular with financial market practitioners. These rules have recently become the focus of a number empirical studies, but there have been very few studies of financial market models where some agents employ technical trading rules also used in practice. In this paper we propose a dynamic financial market model in which demand for traded assets has both a fundamentalist and a chartist component. The chartist demand is governed by the difference between current price and a (long run) moving average. Both types of traders are boundedly rational in the sense that, based on a fitness measure such as realized capital gains, traders switch from a strategy with low fitness to the one with high fitness. We characterize the stability and bifurcation properties of the underlying deterministic model via the reaction coefficient of the fundamentalists, the extrapolation rate of the chartists and the lag lengths used for the moving averages. By increasing the intensity of choice to switching strategies, we then examine various rational routes to randomness for different moving average rules. The price dynamics of the moving average rule is also examined and one of our main findings is that an increase of the window length of the moving average rule can destabilize an otherwise stable system, leading to more complicated, even chaotic behaviour. The analysis of the corresponding stochastic model is able to explain various market price phenomena, including temporary bubbles, sudden market crashes, price resistance and price switching between different levels.

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Paper provided by Universiteit van Amsterdam, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance in its series CeNDEF Working Papers with number 04-14.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ams:ndfwpp:04-14
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