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An Empirical Analysis of Dynamic Multiscale Hedging Using Wavelet Decomposition

Journal of Futures Markets, 32 (3):272-299

28 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2011 Last revised: 10 Dec 2014

Thomas Conlon

University College Dublin

John Cotter

University College Dublin; Anderson School of Management

Date Written: February 7, 2011


This paper investigates the hedging effectiveness of a dynamic moving window OLS hedging model, formed using wavelet decomposed time-series. The wavelet transform is applied to calculate the appropriate dynamic minimum-variance hedge ratio for various hedging horizons for a number of assets. The effectiveness of the dynamic multiscale hedging strategy is then tested, both in- and out-of-sample, using standard variance reduction and expanded to include a downside risk metric, the time horizon dependent Value-at-Risk. Measured using variance reduction, the effectiveness converges to one at longer scales, while a measure of VaR reduction indicates a portion of residual risk remains at all scales. Analysis of the hedge portfolio distributions indicate that this unhedged tail risk is related to excess portfolio kurtosis found at all scales.

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Conlon, Thomas and Cotter, John, An Empirical Analysis of Dynamic Multiscale Hedging Using Wavelet Decomposition (February 7, 2011). Journal of Futures Markets, 32 (3):272-299. Available at SSRN: or

Thomas Conlon (Contact Author)

University College Dublin ( email )

Smurfit Graduate Business School
Co. Dublin, n/a


John Cotter

Anderson School of Management ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
United States

University College Dublin ( email )

School of Business, Carysfort Avenue
Blackrock, Co. Dublin
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