Empirical Asset Return Distributions: Is Chaos the Culprit?

18 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2003 Last revised: 16 Sep 2010

Date Written: October 1, 2002


This paper employs Rescaled-range analysis; the Correlation Dimension test, and the BDS test, to analyze lengthy daily time series of financial data. Two equity and two commodity indices are examined. The results reject the hypothesis that the series are purely random, independent and identically distributed. Rather they suggest consistency with the Pareto-Levy family of processes. Motivated by the capacity of certain chaotic models to generate data consistent with these processes we accumulate evidence consistent with a strange attractor, a long-term memory effect, and a-periodic motion. The evidence is consistent with insights derived from the theory of nonlinear dynamics.

Keywords: Nonlinear Dynamics, BDS test, Chaos

JEL Classification: C500

Suggested Citation

Muckley, Cal B., Empirical Asset Return Distributions: Is Chaos the Culprit? (October 1, 2002). Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=364720 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.364720

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