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Modeling CAC40 Volatility Using Ultra-high Frequency Data

Degiannakis, Stavros and Floros, Christos (2013): Modeling CAC40 Volatility Using Ultra-high Frequency Data. Published in: Research in International Business and Finance No. 28 (2013): pp. 68-81.


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Fractionally integrated autoregressive moving average (ARFIMA) and Heterogeneou Autoregressive (HAR) models are estimated and their ability to predict the one-trading-day-ahead CAC40 realized volatility is investigated. In particular, this paper follows three steps: (i) The optimal sampling frequency for constructing the CAC40 realized volatility is examined based on the volatility signature plot. Moreover, the realized volatility is adjusted to the information that flows into the market when it is closed. (ii) We forecast the one-day-ahead realized volatility using the ARFIMA and the HAR models. (iii) The accuracy of the realized volatility forecasts is investigated under the superior predictive ability framework. According to the predicted mean squared error, a simple ARFIMA model provides accurate one-trading day-ahead forecasts of CAC40 realized volatility. The evaluation of model's predictability illustrates that the ARFIMA forecasts of realized volatility (i) are statistically superior compared to its competing models, and (ii) provide adequate one-trading-day-ahead Value-at-Risk forecasts.

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