Härdle, Wolfgang Karl Hautsch, Nikolaus Pigorsch, Uta
Year of Publication:
SFB 649 Discussion Paper No. 2008,045
Measuring and modeling financial volatility is the key to derivative pricing, asset allocation and risk management.The recent availability of high-frequency data allows for refined methods in this field.In particular, more precise measures for the daily or lower frequency volatility can be obtained by summing over squared high-frequency returns.In turn, this so-called realized volatility can be used for more accurate model evaluation and description of the dynamic and distributional structure of volatility. Moreover, non-parametric measures af systematic risk are attainable, that can straightforwardly be used to model the commonly observed time-variation in the betas. The discussion of these new measures and methods is accompanied by an empirical illustration using high-frequency data of the IBM incorpration and the DJIA index.