Realized Volatility and Correlation in Grain Futures Markets: Testing for Spill-Over Effects
29 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2005
Date Written: August 2005
Fluctuations in commodity prices are a major concern to many market participants. This paper uses realized volatility methods to calculate daily volatility and correlation estimates for three grain futures prices (corn, soybean and wheat). The realized volatility estimates exhibit the properties consistent with the stylized facts observed in earlier studies. According to daily realized correlations and regression coefficients, the spot returns from the three grain futures are positively related. The realized estimates are then used to evaluate the degree of volatility transmissions across grain future prices. The impulse response analysis is conducted by fitting the vector autoregressive model to realized volatility and correlation estimates, using the bootstrap method for statistical inference. The results indicate that there exist rich dynamic interactions among the volatilities and correlations across the grain futures markets.
Keywords: Volatility Transmission, Vector Autoregressive Model, Impulse Response Analysis, Bootstrap
JEL Classification: G13, C32
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