Big Data Approach to Realised Volatility Forecasting Using HAR Model Augmented With Limit Order Book and News

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Eghbal Rahimikia

University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School; University of Oxford - Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance

Ser-Huang Poon

Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester; Alan Turing Institute

Date Written: September 1, 2020

Abstract

The study determines if information extracted from a big data set that includes limit order book (LOB) and Dow Jones corporate news can help to improve realised volatility forecasting for 23 NASDAQ tickers over the sample from 28 June 2007 to 17 November 2016. The out-of-sample forecasting results indicate that CHAR model outperformed all other models in the HAR-family of models, and there is strong evidence that news and LOB data provide statistically significant improvement in RV forecasts. Specifically, the slope of the bid-side of LOB has better predictive power than the slope from the ask-side. For normal volatility day, the ‘negative’ sentiment derived from the news has a clear impact, while ‘news count’, and to a lesser extent, ‘weak modal’, and ‘uncertainty’ can help to forecast volatility jumps. The depth of the LOB also helps to forecast volatility jumps. Indeed, the findings also suggest normal volatility and volatility jumps should be separately analysed as variables improve the forecasting performance of normal days causes a degradation in the forecasting performance of volatility jumps and vice versa. On the other hand, increasing the estimation sample size causes statistically significant degradation in the forecasting performance of volatility on normal days, especially if it includes extreme volatility period such as the 2008 financial crisis, but a longer sample improves the forecast of volatility jumps.

Keywords: Realised Volatility Forecasting, Heterogeneous Auto-regressive (HAR) models, Limit Order Book (LOB) Data, Dow Jones Corporate News, Big Data

JEL Classification: C22, C51, C53, C55, C58

Suggested Citation

Rahimikia, Eghbal and Poon, Ser-Huang, Big Data Approach to Realised Volatility Forecasting Using HAR Model Augmented With Limit Order Book and News (September 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3684040 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3684040

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Ser-Huang Poon

Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester ( email )

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