The new impact curve: A variational approach

Mardi | 2017-01-17
16h00-17h20 en sully05

clément GOULET – Matthieu GARCIN

In this paper, we propose an innovative methodology for modelling the news impact curve. The news impact curve provides a non-linear relation between past returns and current volatility and thus enables to forecast volatility. Our news impact curve is the solution of a dynamic optimization problem based on variational calculus. Consequently, it is a non-parametric and smooth curve. To our knowledge, this is the first time that such a method is used for volatility modelling. Applications on simulated heteroskedastic processes as well as on financial data show a better accuracy in estimation and forecast for this approach than for standard parametric (symmetric or asymmetric ARCH) or non-parametric (Kernel-ARCH) econometric techniques.