Peaks or Tails - What Distinguishes Financial Data?
Posted: 11 Apr 2001
We argue against the view that it is mostly the peaks of the empirical densities of stock returns (and of other risky returns as well) that set such data aside from "normal" variables. We show that peaks depend on sample size and on the way returns are standardized, and that for given data sets of stock returns, both higher peaks and lower peaks than in a standard normal case can be obtained.
Keywords: empirical densities, heavy tails
JEL Classification: C13, C14
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