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Gain/loss asymmetry in time series of individual stock prices and its relationship to the leverage effect


  • Johannes Vitalis Siven
  • Jeffrey Todd Lins


Previous research has shown that for stock indices, the most likely time until a return of a particular size has been observed is longer for gains than for losses. We establish that this so-called gain/loss asymmetry is present also for individual stocks and show that the phenomenon is closely linked to the well-known leverage effect -- in the EGARCH model and a modified retarded volatility model, the same parameter that governs the magnitude of the leverage effect also governs the gain/loss asymmetry.

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  • Johannes Vitalis Siven & Jeffrey Todd Lins, 2009. "Gain/loss asymmetry in time series of individual stock prices and its relationship to the leverage effect," Papers 0911.4679,, revised Nov 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:0911.4679

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