Tail Index and Quantile Estimation with Very High Frequency Data

WP #116

Posted: 8 Jan 1997

See all articles by Casper G. de Vries

Casper G. de Vries

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Tinbergen Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Jon Danielsson

London School of Economics - Systemic Risk Centre

Date Written: August 1996

Abstract

Precise estimation of the tail shape of forex returns is of critical importance for proper risk assessment. We improve upon the efficiency of conventional estimators that rely on a first order expansion of the tail shape, by using the second order expansion. Here we advocate a moments estimator for the second term. The paper uses both Monte Carlo simulations and the high frequency foreign exchange recordings collected by the Olsen corporation to illustrate the technique.

JEL Classification: C15, G12

Suggested Citation

De Vries, Casper and Danielsson, Jon, Tail Index and Quantile Estimation with Very High Frequency Data (August 1996). WP #116, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=8013

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