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Proving the asymptotic distribution of Manipulation-Proof Performance Measure (MPPM) (Paper by Goetzmann et al.)

In Goetzmann et al.'s (2007) paper, the authors derive a "Manipulation-Proof Performance Measure" (MPPM), which is a performance measure that is impervious to performance manipulation by fund managers....
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Asymmetric Volatility Modeling (Interpretation)

I am currently writing a paper on asymmetric volatility modeling of brent, gold, silver, wheat, soybean and corn from 1986-2012 and divided them into 4 sub-sample periods (i.e. 1986-1991, 1991-1997, ...
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Implementing Hanson`s LMSR with Limit Orderbooks

I am trying to integrate Hanson's LMSR (see (see logarithmic market scoring rule)into an order-book with traditional bid/ask-limit orders (in KDB+/Q). The following functions define the basic LMSR ...
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Is it more accurate to analyze returns on a calendar day basis than a trading day basis?

I'm rather new to the actual practice of this kind of analysis, but it just seems wrong to me to throw Mondays' returns in with the rest without accounting for the passage of time on the weekend when ...
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Cointegration stationary test yields different results if the pairs are swapped

I've been backtesting on a spread mean reversion strategy on certain stock pairs. I observe the stationarity via scatterplot and plotting a histogram. Then I verify it using Augmented Dickey Fuller ...
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Is this methodology to calculate Alpha using multi-factor regression model correct?

I am trying to find out Historical Alphas of a bunch of fund returns ${F_i}$ by Using Regression Model$(stepwise)$ with regressors as its underlying exposure-returns(risk-free rate subtracted) i.e. $$...
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ATM volatility versus OTM volatility and directional standard deviation

The forward instrument vol curve is skewed to the downside (50 delta risk reversal, 25 put, 25 call) were trading several ticks to the put). Is there a smaller standard deviation (in price terms) to ...
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Large deviations theory in finance

In probability theory, the theory of large deviations concerns the asymptotic behavior of remote tails of sequences of probability distributions. A related post says: Large deviations theory is ...
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Cash flows regression on macroeconomic data

I'm looking into a research project and am struggling to find any existing work on this or whether I'm asking the right question. My question is to test the relationship between macroeconomic ...
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Which areas of statistical physics do not get enough attention in quantitative finance?

It seems that over the past few decades many ideas from statistical physics have been successfully incorporated into economics and finance to form the sub-discipline of econophysics. However, it is ...
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How do the units compare inside the (rate - 0.5*sigma-squared) correction?

Usually, I find the units of the mean and the standard deviation of a distribution to be (quite obviously) the same. Can anyone come up with a really simple explanation (for MBA students, some of ...
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Test for difference in security returns before and after financial regulation

I'm going to study the effect of corporate credit rating changes (Moody's) on stock prices before and after a specific financial regulation. So far i have used an event study where i have divided the ...
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State Space models with Short Time Series

My problem is that I have a state space model that I estimate using the Berndt–Hall–Hall–Hausman (BHHH) algorithm. The state space model is relatively simple in that the hidden part follows a pure AR(...
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Correlation between idiosyncratic residuals and forward returns

The classic mean-reversion strategy is to calculate an "expected return" (alpha) by computing the raw return for each security and then remove the part which you think is market driven. Statistically ...
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Should I use Resampling or Expectation Maximization to compute a robust covariance matrix?

I have several assets, each with different return histories. Some of the assets have 75 days of return history, others have 40 or so days. In calculating a robust covariance matrix, should I be using ...
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Does the geometric Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process have stationary variance?

I know that the long run variance of the standard OU process is $\lim_{s\rightarrow \infty}\mbox{Var}(P_{t+s}|P_t) = \frac{\sigma^2}{2\theta}$ I'm using the geometric version of the process. I ...
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how to represent financial data as a spatial process

Does any one have a good tutorial , introduction or overview on the web for different ways of representing financial data as a spatial process? Such as those spatial processes often used in geo-...
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Why does the Hurst exponent pseudo code not match the Python implementation?

I am working on understanding the Hurst exponent calculation by Ernest Chan; however, the description of the algorithm does not match the Python implementation. Chan [Algorithmic Trading: Winning ...
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Are intraday volatility estimators useful for close-to-close predictions

I am interested in predicting the PnL of a gamma scalping strategy which trades only once per day. For simplicity, let's say we can always trade at the daily close. So, what I need to predict are the ...
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Estimator for Conditional value at risk (average value at risk)

I am following a book: Advanced Stochastic Models, Risk Assessment, and Portfolio Optimization by Svetlozar T. Rachev, Stoyan V. Stoyanov, Frank J. Fabozzi I'm learning about average value at risk. ...
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How to determine expected returns of an options portfolio?

Lets say I have a delta neutral portfolio, iron condors on spy for example. I'm short a call credit spread and a put credit credit spread of equal widths. I would like to determine the expected ...
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Convolution of Dependent Random Variables with Copulas

Lets say I have 2 different observations which are fitted to a parametric distribution. And lets say that they are dependent and can be modeled by one of the copulas. I want to calculate “a value” ...
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Does Academic Research Destroy Stock Return Predictability?

McLean/Pontiff (2016) give evidence that portfolio returns are 26% lower out-of-sample and 58% lower after publishing an academic paper on variables, which are likely to predict cross-sectional ...
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Statistical methods to compare two financial series data

I have two financial series data, x and x', where x' was formed form ...
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Reduced rank / matrix factorisation techniques and their uses in portfolio optimisation?

I am interested in reduced rank / matrix factorisation techniques and their uses across finance and portfolio optimisation. For example, PCA might be used to reduce the number of components you are ...
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Negative constant in GARCHX model

I am fitting the following ARX(1,1)-GARCHX(1,1,1): \begin{align*} y_t&=c+a_1y_{t-1}+\gamma_1x_t+\varepsilon_t\\ h_t&=\delta+\omega_1h_{t-1}+\theta_1\varepsilon_{t-1}^2+\pi_1x_{1,t} \end{align*...
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LSE GARCH Modells

currently I am working with GARCH Modells. And it came to my attention that for the parameter estimation Maximum Likelihood approaches are commonly used. However I was wondering why Least Squared ...
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subadditivity of VaR

It is known that the VaR (Value at risk) doesn't fulfill subadditivity, i.e. $VaR(X)+VaR(Y) \le VaR(X+Y)$ But for elliptical distributions subadditivity is true. Questions: (1) Which ...
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Simulating t-distributed returns by calibrating degrees of freedom $\nu$ from variance or kurtosis

A slight twist (I hope) on the familiar problem of simulating log returns from a t-distribution. My two questions concern calibration to sample data. First, one can infer the degrees of freedom, $\nu$...
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Can you tell me what this RBloomberg formula means?

I've been asked to re-create a spreadsheet that used RBloomberg using a different data source. But I'm having trouble figuring out exactly what one of the spreadsheet's formulas does. Can anyone tell ...
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seasonality and generalized additive model

I am reading a report which talks about seasonality. There is a chart showing the average returns for each month of the year. In the chart it appears the last 3 months of the year tend to be negative. ...
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Simple EOD computations for tick data

As part of End-Of-Day calculations once a particular market/exchange has closed for all the tickers traded on that market one may typically compute the following properties: OHLC Bid/Ask Price (mean, ...
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What's a sensible way to measure correlation in the volatility surface?

Lets say I construct a parametrisation of the volatility surface that lets me infer dynamics i.e correlation between strike vol. Is computing the sample correlation (after controlling for spot-vol ...
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How do I deal with nonexistant data in a time series with an irregular frequency?

I am trying to do some time series analysis on the margin resulting from three specific commodity futures contracts and ultimately forecast the margin. The margin is calculated as M = F1 + F2 - F3. I ...
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Examining individual portfolio allocation changes over time

I am currently working with a pretty large panel dataset containing the investment holdings of many individuals over time (i.e., for each individual I know the positions per stock over time). I was ...
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Hierarchical copula vs. vine copula

Vine copulas are a sequential cascade of bivariate copulas meant to capture the hierarchical structure in the dependence structure of random variables. How does this relate or differ from the concept ...
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sub-Gaussian random variables in financial economics

Unlike financial time series that typically possess fat tails, sub-Gaussian random variables have strong decay in the tails of their distribution. do sub-Gaussian random variables or processes appear ...
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garch(1,1) Annualised Volitility with python

I am trying to calculate the annualized Volatility of given returns for a stock with Garch(1,1) on python using a code I found online. The value I should be getting is around 27, but the value I am ...
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The distribution of mean reversion time from the OU process

I was reading the paper Statistical Arbitrage in the US Equity Market and I couldn't understand the figure that plots the histogram of the empirical distribution of characteristic time to mean ...
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Proof of variance reduction of bagging

In Lecture 4 of the following course: Advances in Financial Machine Learning: 10 Lectures by Marcos Lopez de Prado link in the proof of variance reduction for a ...
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A bounded random variable is sub-Gaussian, thus financial returns are not bounded?

Bounded random variables are sub-Gaussian, yet I, intuitively, assume financial returns are bounded random variables; however, they are not sub-Gaussian. Am I wrong to assume financial returns are ...
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Why doesn't the first principal component maximize the standard deviation of returns

I am trying to apply PCA to portfolio of securities. My understanding is that the first principal component can be used to evaluate weights for portfolio of maximum variance and each next principal ...
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Asset prices Boom,Bust and Recovery cycles

Is there any systematic way to detect the Boom, bust and Recovery cycles in Asset Prices ? Are there any good references about the Topic ? Thanks in advance.
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Average of R squared correct/allowed/useful?

I just conducted a Fama-Macbeth analysis to estimate the risk premia of Fama/French. In short, I estimated the betas on a company-individual basis first and then conducted a cross-section regression ...
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Correlation coefficient without cash flows?

I'm an intern at a company and one of our tasks is to calculate the the probability of default of both participants of a Swap(a Client and a Bank), for which we first need the correlation coefficient ...
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William K. Bertram's sharpe formula checking

I have some issues to verify by simulation the formulas in the paper of William K. Bertram "Analytic solutions for optimal statistical arbitrage trading". first, the reversion parameter alpha=180 in ...
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Which technique determines if var x1 leads var y? Assuming var x1 may need to be transformed

Suppose I want to predict future changes in variable y (stock price over time). I notice that variable x1, inverted and delayed three months, tends to lead y. Which technique can I use to find other ...
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How to normalize stock exchange indexes

I am doing an academic research in behavioral finance and I need to calculate my abnormal return based on the normalized returns of the stock exchange index being the S&P 500. In other words, I ...
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statsmodels's granger causality tests return value

im a developer(with no background in statistics) and i need to use granger causality test, i cant seem to understand the results of the func. one result: Granger Causality ('number of lags (no zero)'...
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Statistical distribution of MACD

I was (unsuccessfully) trying to find results on what the distribution of the MACD values for a stationary time series with IID returns would be. Are there any such results or any that go in a similar ...