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Forecasting currency volatility: A comparison of implied volatilities and AR(FI)MA models

Pong, Shiuyan, Shackleton, Mark B., Taylor, Stephen J. and Xu, Xinzhong 2004. Forecasting currency volatility: A comparison of implied volatilities and AR(FI)MA models. Journal of Banking & Finance 28 (10) , pp. 2541-2563. 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2003.10.015

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We compare forecasts of the realized volatility of the pound, mark and yen exchange rates against the dollar, calculated from intraday rates, over horizons ranging from one day to three months. Our forecasts are obtained from a short memory ARMA model, a long memory ARFIMA model, a GARCH model and option implied volatilities. We find intraday rates provide the most accurate forecasts for the one-day and one-week forecast horizons while implied volatilities are at least as accurate as the historical forecasts for the one-month and three-month horizons. The superior accuracy of the historical forecasts, relative to implied volatilities, comes from the use of high frequency returns, and not from a long memory specification. We find significant incremental information in historical forecasts, beyond the implied volatility information, for forecast horizons up to one week.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Realized volatility ; Fractional integration ; Forecasting ; Implied volatilities ; Exchange rates
ISSN: 0378-4266
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 10:43

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