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Forecasting the Volatility of Nikkei 225 Futures

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  • Manabu Asai

    (Soko University, Japan)

  • Michael McAleer

    (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan; Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Compultense University of Madrid, Spain)

Abstract

For forecasting volatility of futures returns, the paper proposes an indirect method based on the relationship between futures and the underlying asset for the returns and time-varying volatility. For volatility forecasting, the paper considers the stochastic volatility model with asymmetry and long memory, using high frequency data for the underlying asset. Empirical results for Nikkei 225 futures indicate that the adjusted R2 supports the appropriateness of the indirect method, and that the new method based on stochastic volatility models with the asymmetry and long memory outperforms the forecasting model based on the direct method using the pseudo long time series.

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  • Manabu Asai & Michael McAleer, 2017. "Forecasting the Volatility of Nikkei 225 Futures," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 17-017/III, Tinbergen Institute.
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    Keywords

    Forecasting; Volatility; Futures; Realized Volatility; Realized Kernel; Leverage Effects; Long Memory.;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics
    • G17 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Financial Forecasting and Simulation

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