Forecasting Realized Stock-Market Volatility: Do Industry Returns Have Predictive Value?
38 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2021
Date Written: December 8, 2020
Yes, they do. Utilizing a machine-learning technique known as random forests to compute forecasts of realized (good and bad) stock market volatility, we show that incorporating the information in lagged industry returns can help improve out-of sample forecasts of aggregate stock market volatility. While the predictive contribution of industry level returns is not constant over time, industrials and materials play a dominant predictive role during the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, highlighting the informational value of real economic activity on stock market volatility dynamics. Finally, we show that incorporating lagged industry returns in aggregate level volatility forecasts benefits forecasters who are particularly concerned about under-predicting market volatility, yielding greater economic benefits for forecasters as the degree of risk aversion increases.
Keywords: Stock market, Realized volatility, Industry returns, Market efficiency and information
JEL Classification: G17, Q02, Q47
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