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Forecasting S&P 500 Daily Volatility using a Proxy for Downward Price Pressure


  • Visser, Marcel P.


This paper decomposes volatility proxies according to upward and downward price movements in high-frequency financial data, and uses this decomposition for forecasting volatility. The paper introduces a simple Garch-type discrete time model that incorporates such high-frequency based statistics into a forecast equation for daily volatility. Analysis of S&P 500 index tick data over the years 1988-2006 shows that taking into account the downward movements improves forecast accuracy significantly. The R2 statistic for evaluating daily volatility forecasts attains a value of 0.80, both for in-sample and out-of-sample prediction.

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  • Visser, Marcel P., 2008. "Forecasting S&P 500 Daily Volatility using a Proxy for Downward Price Pressure," MPRA Paper 11100, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:11100

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    1. Fulvio Corsi & Roberto RenĂ², 2012. "Discrete-Time Volatility Forecasting With Persistent Leverage Effect and the Link With Continuous-Time Volatility Modeling," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(3), pages 368-380, January.
    2. Andrew J. Patton & Kevin Sheppard, 2015. "Good Volatility, Bad Volatility: Signed Jumps and The Persistence of Volatility," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 97(3), pages 683-697, July.

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    volatility proxy; downward absolute power variation; log-Garch; volatility asymmetry; leverage effect; SP500; volatility forecasting; high-frequency data;

    JEL classification:

    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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