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Non-fixed stationary “conversion”

Dear users of StackExchange, I was wondering why the log returns of a fixed period of time is such a common use in "transforming" a time series into a more stationary one? I thought that ...
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Do I use % return, log return or diff of prices to plot ACF?

I am reading a book on time series. To make a non-stationary series stationary, sometimes we need to difference the series. When it comes to finance, prices are non-stationary. Many authors fit ARMA ...
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open-close intraday demeaned log return calculation

open-close return is basically what I feed into the realized kernel volatility and recently I noticed the realized kernel covariance/variance is generating negative value so I had to retrace my ...
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weekly returns and the daily returns scaled to weekly

I am new in this blog and first of all I want to apologise for my english. I have to calculate, for a university project, the weekly returns and daily scaled returns to weekly for few stocks For ...
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Log excess returns calculation

I need to calculate log excess returns. I'm given market level monthly total return index, price index and a risk-free rate (from Fama/French 3/5/etc. factors). I'm not sure whether I'm calculating ...
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Variance of Log Returns

Consider an asset held for $n$ time periods with weakly stationary log-returns $r_t$, $1≤t≤n$. Show that $var(r_1 +r_2 +r_3 +r_4)=var(r_1 +r_2 +r_3)+var(r_1)(1+2ρ_3 +2ρ_2 +2ρ_1)$, where $ρ_k$ is the ...
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LogNormal VaR Formula Risk Metrics

https://web.mst.edu/~huwen/teaching_VaR_Weiqian_Li.pdf On page 6, the paper above mentions RiskMetrics would use the following VaR formula: ...
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Converting Euro returns into USD terms

I have a series of log returns calculated on an index that is priced in Euro terms, and I'd like to convert those returns into USD terms. Would it be mathematically correct to calculate log returns on ...
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Forecasting returns and volatility using ARIMA-GARCH model in R

I am using rugarch package in R to forecast returns and volatility of a stock. I train an ARIMA (p ,d q) + GARCH(s, r) model on ...
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finding optimal weight using Kelly criterion

Question: Suppose you have two strategies. Strategy 1 gains 8% with probability p, and loses 5% with probability 1-p, where p = 0.53. Strategy 2 gains 8% with probability q, and loses 5% with ...
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Using Taylor formula with logarithmic returns

I would like to calculate PnL scenarios for an FX portfolio using Taylor series approximation: $$ \begin{align} \text{PnL} \approx \delta \Delta r + \frac{1}{2} (\Delta r)^2 \Gamma \end{align} $$ I ...
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Industry or academic standard frequency to report the return, standard deviation, and Sharpe ratio?

Everyone (funds, banks, academics, financial information sites etc.) reports the annualized return, standard deviation, and Sharpe ratio. Yet we never get to know what the basis of their computation ...
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Do stock returns show positive skewness?

Do highly liquid (blue chip) stocks exhibit positive skewness more than negative skewness? If so, would positive, rather than negative, skewness be an appropriate and intuitive prior when modeling ...
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How to exclude N/A while calculating daily log returns

I have daily price data of hundreds of companies from 2010-01-01 to 2020-08-21, there are many missing values in my data frame. if I use na.omit, it deletes all my data. I try to use ROC(), but it ...
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Calculating excess returns with 3M T-Bill

I have to calculate weekly log excess returns using the 3-month T-bill. However I am not really sure if I am doing this correctly. This is what I did: first I calculated the returns with ln(price/...
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Why do cumulative returns have a bimodal distribution?

Regular returns (log-differenced prices) have statistical distributions that are bell-shaped and unimodal (one mode/peak) despite being non-normal and fat-tailed. Cumulative returns, on the other hand,...
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Predict Log Stock Return Direction and Trading Strategy

The $k$ period log return is defined as $$r_{t}(k)=log(S_{t}/S_{t-k}),$$ Where $S_{t}$ is the stock closing price at time $t$. For argument sake, assume that by time I mean a stock trading day and ...
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Normality or Log-Normality of Regular Returns

Another old question on this site (How to simulate stock prices with a Geometric Brownian Motion?) inspired me to ask the following question: if we assume that regular returns could be normally ...
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About the log return in the Black&Scholes model

I'm currently studying the Black&Scholes model and I'm not sure about the following thing: the log return, say r, doesn't evolve in time? I mean, dr/dt = 0, its derivative is zero? Does only its ...
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The use of volatility from log returns and raw return

As far as I know, we usually use log returns( $ln\frac{p_{t+1}}{p_{t}}$ ) in quantitative finance. For example, let's say we have lots of monthly log returns data, $R_m$. Then, we can get the mean ...
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Campbell Shiller log linear relation

I am trying to derive the campbell shiller log linear relation, and i got stuck with something (i believe) quite simple. Before we are using the first-order tayler expansion is where i got stuck, ...
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What benefits do using log returns for model training provide?

I came across a paper that uses Support Vector Machines to classify a buy/sell/hold decision each hour at the $\pm$0.5% threshold. The paper can bee seen here. The ...
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Lognormal asymmetry implication on Value at Risk

To examine the Value at Risk implications for a portfolio consisting of a spot and futures time series I have generated a 1-day monte carlo simulation. I was long in the spot and short in the future (...
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arithmetic mean of log returns that starts and ends with the same price in a time series

quick question: arithmetic mean of log returns that starts and ends with the same price in a time series say a stock time series starts at t0 price 100 fluctuates in between the time series and ends ...
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Fitting a non-stationary GARCH model

I'm very new to financial time series. I have a dataset containing the daily simple returns of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and I want to model a (univariate) GARCH model for the daily logreturns. ...
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Expected value and variance of the stock log-returns under Local Volatility framework

I want to calculate the expected value and the variance of the stock process log-returns in the Local Volatility setting (and the realized/terminal correlation but let us begin in the one-dimentional ...
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Sharpe ratio of annualized log returns

I have returns from the last 12 months on a portfolio, and i have risk free rate for the latest year, on daily basis. I have annualized the risk free rate, and i am using log returns for the period. ...
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How To Understand the Drift of ln(S) if S Follows Geometric Brownian Motion

As we know, if an asset S follows geometric Brownian motion, under risk neutral measure, it can be expressed as $\frac{dS}{S}=rdt+\sigma dW$, by applying Ito's lemma, $d(lnS)=(r-0.5*σ^2)dt+σdW(t)$, ...
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Stock Prices are Lognormal - Formal Definition

I'm struggling with what the exact meaning of "stock prices are lognormal" (and its use to show normality of returns). My assumption was that given ${S_t}$ are stock prices and returns are ...
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Log returns vs normal returns with weekly prices

I am constructing equity factors and I am given weekly prices for several thousand stocks. Every year the portfolio should be rebalanced, so I am always calculating the returns for a single year. Now ...
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Returns and logreturns differences

I have a time series of stock prices and I tried to calculate simple returns and log returns. However, I end up that simple returns has positive mean, but log returns has negative mean. Is it possible ...
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Turning a spread always-positive for profit calculations?

I have a strange problem. I am running a backtest on a strategy whose signal is based on a spread. Naturally, a spread can go negative or positive. If I try to calculate the log return of a difference ...
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Convert arithmetic returns to log returns [closed]

I have a series of arithmetic returns and I need log returns. I do not have the underlying prices. How do I convert? All the posts I have found explain why using one versus the other is appropriate ...
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Portfolio & Asset Returns across Multiple Periods

The stocks of CK Tan's, Robertson's, and Tamashimaya are held by the hedge fund SSK. They hold an equally weighted portfolio. The end-of month prices of the stock during five months this year is given ...
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Why can we assume that asset return rates are normally (or lognormally) distributed?

In many theories of financial mathematics it is assumed that asset return rates are normally distributed (e.g. VaR models) or lognormally distributed (e.g. Black-Scholes model). In practice, asset ...
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Calculate return for a set of securities downloaded using quantmod

I downloaded adjusted closing price using quantmod for a set of securities. I want to calculate daily/weekly/monthly return for all securities. Usual dailyReturn, weeklyReturn etc not working. What do ...
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Which are the practical implications that the continuously compounded rate of return can be smaller than the expected rate of return?

I'm reading Hull's Options, Futures and other Derivatives and it intrigues me that the distribution of the continuously compounded rate of return x is: $x \sim \phi(\mu - \frac{\sigma^2}{2}, \frac{\...
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Applying portfolio variance weight based on logarithmic returns?

The expected logarithmic return of a portfolio is calculated as : $$𝐸_p = \log\left(\sum_i w_i e^{R_i}\right)$$ Therefore, I was wondering that how can I apply weight to use with the variance based ...
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Distribution of simple returns vs logreturns

I understand that stock prices are conditionally modeled using a log normal distribution by the relationship $ y_t/y_{t−1}∼logN(μ_{daily},σ^2_{daily})$ $y_t∼logN(log(y_{t-1})+μ_{daily},σ^2_{daily}))$ ...
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Simulated Sharpe Ratio Calculation for Leveraged Portfolio

I've written some VBA code to simulate the effect of borrowing money, investing it, and repaying the loan daily. PseduoCode: Start with a portfolio value of P = 1 Each day borrow P, invest 2*P, ...
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Log likelihood function, GARCH(1,1) with asymmetric term

I am modelling a GARCH(1,1) and a GARCH(1,1) with an asymmetric term. $$h(t)=\omega+\alpha\varepsilon(t-1)^2+\beta\sigma(t-1)^2$$ and $$h(t)=\omega+\alpha u(t-1)^2+\beta\sigma(t-1)^2 + \gamma (u(...
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Why should we use log returns? Log normality

According to this link, there are some reasons we have to use log returns. But I can not understand the first reason provided in the link: First, log-normality: if we assume that prices are ...
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What is, here, the relationship between “compound” and “arithmetic return” and “volatility”?

I'm trying to find the exact (ie, not an approximate) relation between the "Compound Return", "Arithmetic Return", and the "Annualised Volatility" as given the assumptions below, and from there the ...
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Log returns of individual assets and calculating portfolio returns

I am researching optimal asset allocations and am wondering if I am making mistake(s) in calculating the portfolio return. I have three assets, of which I have monthly return data. I have calculated ...
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Are Kenneth French Research Returns log-Returns?

Does anyone know if Kenneth French's return data on his website is log returns?
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Cumulative Return on Futures

In my current backtesting, I am using log returns as a proxy for simple returns via the relationship $\ln(1 + r) \approx r$ for small enough r. This gives me wonderful properties like time additivity, ...
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Returns vs log returns formula [closed]

Probably something very simple I'm missing, but if returns is: $R = \frac{V_f}{V_i} -1$ Then why is log returns $R = log(\frac{V_f}{V_i})$ instead of $R = log(\frac{V_f}{V_i} -1)$?
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Which method would you use to compare if a time series of financial returns has more “clusterized volatility” than another?

It is known that the historical series of financial returns are characterized by the so-called volatility clustering. Suppose we approximate the number of two-type clusters, namely the high and low ...
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Black Scholes and the Log Normal Distribution

Why does the Black Scholes Equation imply the returns are log-normally distributed?? How can we tell that the returns of the underlying asset wouldnt be normally distributed??
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Should log returns be used in multilinear regressions?

As the title already says, should log returns, instead of simple returns, be used in regression analysis? In this case, I want to analyse the impact of specific factors (Dividend yield etc.) on the ...