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Forecasting Expected Shortfall With A Generalized Asymmetric Student-T Distribution

  • John Galbraith


  • Dongming Zhu


Financial returns typically display heavy tails and some skewness, and cinditional vairance models with these features often outperform more limited models. The difference in performance may be especially important in estimating quantities that depend on tail features, including risk measures such as the expected shortfall. Here, using a recent generalization of the asymmetric Student-t distribution to allow separate parameters to control skewness and the thickness of each tail, we fit daily financial returns and forecast expected shortfall for the S&P 500 composite index; the generalized distribution is used for the standardized innovations in a nonlinear, asymmetric GARCH-type model. The results provide empirical evidence for the usefulness of the generalized distribution in improving prediction of downside market risk of financial assets.

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Paper provided by McGill University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 2009-01.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Handle: RePEc:mcl:mclwop:2009-01
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