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Answering the Skeptics: Yes, Standard Volatility Models Do Provide Accurate Forecasts

Torben Andersen () and Tim Bollerslev ()

International Economic Review, 1998, vol. 39, issue 4, 885-905

Abstract: A voluminous literature has emerged for modeling the temporal dependencies in financial market volatility using ARCH and stochastic volatility models. While most of these studies have documented highly significant in-sample parameter estimates and pronounced intertemporal volatility persistence, traditional ex post forecast evaluation criteria suggest that the models provide seemingly poor volatility forecasts. Contrary to this contention, the authors show that volatility models produce strikingly accurate interdaily forecasts for the latent volatility factor that would be of interest in most financial applications. New methods for improved ex post interdaily volatility measurements based on high-frequency intradaily data are also discussed. Copyright 1998 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

Date: 1998
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