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A directional-change events approach for studying financial time series

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  • Aloud, Monira
  • Tsang, Edward
  • Olsen, Richard
  • Dupuis, Alexandre

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Financial markets witness high levels of activity at certain times, but remain calm at others. This makes the flow of physical time discontinuous. Therefore using physical time scales for studying financial time series, runs the risk of missing important activities. An alternative approach is the use of an event-based time that captures periodic activities in the market. In this paper, we use a special type of event, called a directional-change event, and show its usefulness in capturing periodic market activities. Our study confirms that the length of the price curve coastline as defined by directional-change events, turns out to be a long one.

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  • Aloud, Monira & Tsang, Edward & Olsen, Richard & Dupuis, Alexandre, 2011. "A directional-change events approach for studying financial time series," Economics Discussion Papers 2011-28, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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    2. Richard B. Olsen & Ulrich A. Müller & Michel M. Dacorogna & Olivier V. Pictet & Rakhal R. Davé & Dominique M. Guillaume, 1997. "From the bird's eye to the microscope: A survey of new stylized facts of the intra-daily foreign exchange markets (*)," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 1(2), pages 95-129.
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    1. Monira Essa Aloud, 2016. "Profitability of Directional Change Based Trading Strategies: The Case of Saudi Stock Market," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 6(1), pages 87-95.
    2. Ma, Junjun & Xiong, Xiong & He, Feng & Zhang, Wei, 2017. "Volatility measurement with directional change in Chinese stock market: Statistical property and investment strategy," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 471(C), pages 169-180.

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    Keywords

    Directional-change event; intrinsic time; high-frequency finance; foreign exchange market; time-series analysis;

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    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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