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The continuous time random walk formalism in financial markets

  • Jaume Masoliver

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    (Departament de Física Fonamental, Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal, 647, 08028-Barcelona, Spain)

  • Miquel Montero

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    (Departament de Física Fonamental, Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal, 647, 08028-Barcelona, Spain)

  • Josep Perello

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    (Departament de Física Fonamental, Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal, 647, 08028-Barcelona, Spain)

We adapt the continuous time random walk (CTRW) formalism to describe the asset price evolution. We show some of the problems that can be treated using this approach. We basically focus on two aspects: (i) the derivation of the price distribution from high-frequency data; and (ii) the inverse problem, that is, obtaining information on the market microstructure as reflected by high-frequency data knowing only the daily volatility. We apply the formalism to actual financial data and try to show that the CTRW offers alternative tools to deal with several complex issues of financial markets.

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Paper provided by Society for Computational Economics in its series Modeling, Computing, and Mastering Complexity 2003 with number 24.

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