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Nonlinear Mean Reversion in Stock Prices


  • S. Manzan


We investigate evidence for nonlinear mean reversion in yearly S\&P500 data from 1871 until 2001. We find that up to 1990 there is significant evidence of nonlinear mean reversion. In particular, stock prices are characterized by a persistent process close to the fundamental value. However, when prices deviate significantly a mean reverting regime is activated and prices adjust to fundamental values. Instead, the stock price run-up of the late 90s exacerbated the persistence of the deviations and there is no evidence for a mean reverting regime that drives prices back to fundamentals.

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  • S. Manzan, 2004. "Nonlinear Mean Reversion in Stock Prices," Computing in Economics and Finance 2004 264, Society for Computational Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sce:scecf4:264

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    nonlinear time series; mean reversion;

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    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes

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