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The Predictive Ability of Several Models of Exchange Rate Volatility

  • West, K.D.
  • Cho, D.

We compare the out-of-sample forecasting performance of univariate homoskedastic, GARCH, autoregressive and nonparametric models for conditional variances, using five bilateral weekly exchange rates for the dollar, 1973-1989. For a one week horizon, GARCH models tend to make slightly more accurate forecasts. For longer horizons, it is difficult to find grounds for choosing between the various models. None of the models perform well in a conventional test of forecast efficiency.

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Paper provided by Wisconsin Madison - Social Systems in its series Working papers with number 9317.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 1993
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Handle: RePEc:att:wimass:9317
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