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Microstructure order flow: statistical and economic evaluation of nonlinear forecasts

  • Mario Cerrato
  • Hyunsok Kim
  • Ronald MacDonald

In this paper we propose a novel empirical extension of the standard market microstructure order flow model. The main idea is that heterogeneity of beliefs in the foreign exchange market can cause model instability and such instability has not been fully accounted for in the existing empirical literature. We investigate this issue using two different data sets and focusing on out- of-sample forecasts. Forecasting power is measured using standard statistical tests and, additionally, using an alternative approach based on measuring the economic value of forecasts after building a portfolio of assets. We nd there is a substantial economic value on conditioning on the proposed models.

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Paper provided by Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow in its series Working Papers with number 2010_30.

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