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l1-Penalized Likelihood Smoothing of Volatility Processes allowing for Abrupt Changes

  • David Neto
  • Sylvain Sardy
  • Paul Tseng
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    We consider the problem of estimating the volatility of a financial asset from a time series record of length T. We believe the underlying volatility process is smooth, possibly stationary, and with potential abrupt changes due to market news. By drawing parallels between time series and regression models, in particular between stochastic volatility models and Markov random fields smoothers, we propose a semiparametric estimator of volatility. Our Bayesian posterior mode estimate is the solution to an l1-penalized likelihood optimization that we solve with an interior point algorithm that is efficient since its complexity is bounded by O(T^3/2). We apply our volatility estimator to real financial data, diagnose the model and perform back-testing to investigate to forecasting power of the method by comparison to (I)GARCH.

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    Paper provided by Institut d'Economie et Econométrie, Université de Genève in its series Research Papers by the Institute of Economics and Econometrics, Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva with number 2009.05.

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    Length: 27 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:gen:geneem:2009.05
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