Bayesian Inference for Generalised Markov Switching Stochastic Volatility Models
CEREMADE Journal Working Paper No.0414
47 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2006
Date Written: 2004
We study a Markov switching stochastic volatility model with heavy tail innovations in the observable process. Due to the economic interpretation of the hidden volatility regimes, these models have many financial applications like asset allocation, option pricing and risk management. The Markov switching process is able to capture clustering effects and jumps in volatility. Heavy tail innovations account for extreme variations in the observed process. Accurate modelling of the tails is important when estimating quantiles is the major interest like in risk management applications. Moreover we follow a Bayesian approach to filtering and estimation, focusing on recently developed simulation based filtering techniques, called Particle Filters. Simulation based filters are recursive techniques, which are useful when assuming non-linear and non-Gaussian latent variable models and when processing data sequentially. They allow to update parameter estimates and state filtering as new observations become available.
Keywords: Particle Filter, Markov Switching, Stochastic Volatility, Heavy Tails
JEL Classification: C11, C15, C50, C63
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