Common stochastic volatility trend in European exchange rates



McMillan D (2001) Common stochastic volatility trend in European exchange rates. Applied Economics Letters, 8 (9), pp. 605-608.

This paper examines the nature of stochastic volatility in the deutschemark/dollar and French franc/dollar exchange rates. In particular using a multivariate random walk stochastic volatility model the study examined whether volatility in each series can be ascribed to a single common trend. Results for univariate stochastic volatility models show very high persistence in the autoregressive component of volatility supporting the model specification where volatility follows a random walk. Estimation of the multivariate model reveals a very high correlation between the volatility innovations, and suggests that they follow a common trend, in essence the volatilities are cointegrated. A multivariate model with a single volatility trend is then estimated. Finally, support for this specification is further received when estimation of a stochastic volatility model for the ratio of the two series reveals no stochastic volatility present.

Applied Economics Letters: Volume 8, Issue 9

Publication date31/12/2001
Publication date online06/10/2010
PublisherTaylor and Francis

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Professor David McMillan
Professor David McMillan

Professor in Finance, Accounting & Finance