De Nard, Gianluca Engle, Robert F. Ledoit, Olivier Wolf, Michael
Year of Publication:
Working Paper No. 356
Modeling and forecasting dynamic (or time-varying) covariance matrices has many important applications in finance, such as Markowitz portfolio selection. A popular tool to this end are multivariate GARCH models. Historically, such models did not perform well in large dimensions due to the so-called curse of dimensionality. The recent DCC-NL model of Engle et al. (2019) is able to overcome this curse via nonlinear shrinkage estimation of the unconditional correlation matrix. In this paper, we show how performance can be increased further by using open/high/low/close (OHLC) price data instead of simply using daily returns. A key innovation, for the improved modeling of not only dynamic variances but also of dynamic covariances, is the concept of a regularized return, obtained from a volatility proxy in conjunction with a smoothed sign (function) of the observed return.