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Forecasting implied volatility indices worldwide: A new approach

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  • Degiannakis, Stavros
  • Filis, George
  • Hassani, Hossein

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This study provides a new approach for implied volatility indices forecasting. We assess whether non-parametric techniques provide better predictions of implied volatility compared to standard forecasting models, such as AFRIMA and HAR. A combination of Singular Spectrum Analysis (SSA) and Holt-Winters (HW) model is applied on eight implied volatility indices for the period from February, 2001 to July, 2013. The findings confirm that the SSA-HW provides statistically superior one trading day and ten trading days ahead implied volatility forecasts world widely. Model-averaged forecasts suggest that the forecasting accuracy is further enhanced, for the ten-days ahead, when the SSA-HW is combined with an ARI(1,1) model. Additionally, the trading game reveals that the SSA-HW and the ARI-SSA-HW are able to generate significant average positive net daily returns in the out-of-sample period. The results are important for option pricing, portfolio management, value-at-risk and economic policy.

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  • Degiannakis, Stavros & Filis, George & Hassani, Hossein, 2015. "Forecasting implied volatility indices worldwide: A new approach," MPRA Paper 72084, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Implied Volatility; Volatility Forecasting; Singular Spectrum Analysis; ARFIMA; HAR; Holt-Winters; Model Confidence Set; Combined Forecasts.;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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