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Regime-Switching and the Estimation of Multifractal Processes

Authors: Calvet, Laurent
Fisher, Adlai
Keywords: Forecasting;long memory;Markov regime-switching;maximum likelihood estimation;scaling;stochastic volatility;time deformation;volatility component;Vuong test
Issue Date: 2-Mar-2002
Series/Report no.: FIN-02-064
Abstract: We propose a discrete-time stochastic volatility model in which regimeswitching serves three purposes. First, changes in regimes capture low frequency variations, which is their traditional role. Second, they specify intermediate frequency dynamics that are usually assigned to smooth autoregressive processes. Finally, high frequency switches generate substantial outliers. Thus, a single mechanism captures three important features of the data that are typically addressed as distinct phenomena in the literature. Maximum likelihood estimation is developed and shown to perform well in finite sample. We estimate on exchange rate data a version of the process with four parameters and more than a thousand states. The estimated model compares favorably to earlier specifications both in- and out-of-sample. Multifractal forecasts slightly improve on GARCH(1,1) at daily and weekly intervals, and provide considerable gains in accuracy at horizons of 10 to 50 days.
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