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The Swiss Finance Institute at EPFL and the University of Lausanne organize joint research seminars in finance. The seminars attract speakers from academic institutions around the world and cover a variety of topics of interest to both academics and research-oriented professionals.

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How Crashes Develop: Intradaily Volatility and Crash Evolution

David BATES (University of Iowa, Henry B. Tippie College of Business)

June 2, 2017  -  10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

This paper explores whether affine models with volatility jumps estimated on intradaily S&P 500 futures data over 1983-2008 can capture major daily outliers such as the 1987 stock market crash.  I find that intradaily jumps in futures prices are typically small, and that self-exciting but short-lived volatility spikes capture intradaily and daily returns better.  Multifactor models of the evolution of diffusive variance and jump intensities improve fits substantially, including out-of-sample over 2009-16.  The models capture reasonably well the conditional distributions of daily returns and of realized variance outliers, but underpredict realized variance inliers.

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