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Volatility Jumps

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  • Viktor Todorov
  • George Tauchen

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The paper undertakes a non-parametric analysis of the very high frequency movements in stock market volatility using very finely sampled data on the S&P VIX index compiled by the CBOE. The data suggest that stock market volatility is best described as a pure jump process without a continuous component. The finding stands in contrast to nonparametric results, reported here and elsewhere, that the stock price itself is not a pure jump process but rather contains a continuous martingale component. The jumps in stock volatility are found to be so active that this discredits many recently proposed stochastic volatility models, including the classic affine model with compound Poisson jumps that is widely used in financial modeling and practice. Additional empirical work presents strong evidence for many common jumps, or co-jumps, in both the stock price and stock volatility.

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  • Viktor Todorov & George Tauchen, 2010. "Volatility Jumps," Working Papers 10-09, Duke University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:duk:dukeec:10-09
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    Keywords

    Stochastic volatility; activity index; Blumenthal-Getoor index; jumps; VIX index; jump risk premium;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading

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