Normal Mixture Garch(1,1): Applications to Exchange Rate Modelling

ISMA Centre Finance Discussion Paper No. 2004-06

83 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2004

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Carol Alexander

University of Sussex Business School

Emese Lazar

University of Reading - ICMA Centre

Date Written: March 2004

Abstract

Some recent specifications for GARCH error processes explicitly assume a conditional variance that is generated by a mixture of normal components, albeit with some parameter restrictions. This paper analyses the general normal mixture GARCH(1,1) model which can capture time-variation in both conditional skewness and kurtosis. A main focus of the paper is to provide conclusive evidence that, for modelling exchange rates, generalized two component normal mixture GARCH(1,1) models perform better than those with three or more components, and better than symmetric and skewed Student's t-GARCH models. In addition to the extensive empirical results based on simulation and on historical data on three US dollar foreign exchange rates (British pound, Euro and Japanese yen) we derive: expressions for the conditional and unconditional moments of all models; parameter conditions to ensure that the second and fourth conditional and unconditional moments are positive and finite; and analytic derivatives for the maximum likelihood estimation of the model parameters and standard errors of the estimates.

Keywords: Volatility regimes, conditional excess kurtosis, normal mixture, heavy tails, exchange rates, conditional heteroscedasticity, GARCH models

JEL Classification: C22, C51, C52

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Carol and Lazar, Emese, Normal Mixture Garch(1,1): Applications to Exchange Rate Modelling (March 2004). ISMA Centre Finance Discussion Paper No. 2004-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=557362 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.557362

Carol Alexander (Contact Author)

University of Sussex Business School ( email )

Falmer, Brighton BN1 9SL
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.carolalexander.org

Emese Lazar

University of Reading - ICMA Centre ( email )

Whiteknights Park
P.O. Box 242
Reading RG6 6BA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1183 786675 (Phone)
+44 (0)1189 314741 (Fax)

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