Using the Scaling Analysis to Characterize Financial Markets
The scaling properties encompass in a simple analysis many of the volatility characteristics of financial markets. That is why we use them to probe the different degree of markets development. We empirically study the scaling properties of daily Foreign Exchange rates, Stock Market indices and fixed income instruments by using the generalized Hurst approach. The robustness of the results is tested by both Monte- Carlo studies and a computation of the scaling in the frequency-domain. We show that the scaling exponents are associated with characteristics of the specific markets and can be used to differentiate markets in their stage of development.
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