Discussion paper series // Zentrum für Finanzen und Ökonometrie, Universität Konstanz 2007,01
Modelling and forecasting the covariance of financial return series has always been a challenge due to the so-called curse of dimensionality. This paper proposes a methodology that is applicable in large dimensional cases and is based on a time series of realized covariance matrices. Some solutions are also presented to the problem of non-positive definite forecasts. This methodology is then compared to some traditional models on the basis of its forecasting performance employing Diebold-Mariano tests. We show that our approach is better suited to capture the dynamic features of volatilities and covolatilities compared to the sample covariance based models.