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Real and complex wavelets in asset classification: An application to the US stock market

Joanna Bruzda ()

Finance Research Letters, 2017, vol. 21, issue C, 115-125

Abstract: In the paper we suggest the use of wavelets to classify equities and industries into defensive and cyclical categories. We demonstrate that real- and complex-valued wavelets better serve the purpose of equity classification than more traditional approaches, and that this takes place through a more reliable and detailed dependence measurement and risk assessment. In particular, we introduce a family of wavelet-based tests of the random walk hypothesis exploring local features of spectra, which enable examining mean reversion and cyclicality of prices. The suggested approach is illustrated with an analysis of daily and monthly US industry indexes.

Keywords: Wavelet transform; Hilbert transform; Defensive asset; Cyclical asset; Financial cycle; Stock grouping (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 C38 G11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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