Statistics and Its Interface
Volume 11 (2018)
On the surprising explanatory power of higher realized moments in practice
Pages: 153 – 168
Realized moments of higher order computed from intraday returns have been introduced in recent years. The literature indicates that realized skewness is an important factor in explaining future asset returns. However, the literature mainly focuses on the whole market, as well as the monthly or weekly scale. In this paper, we conduct an extensive empirical analysis to investigate the forecasting abilities of realized skewness and realized kurtosis towards an individual stock’s future return and variance in the daily scale. It is found that realized kurtosis possesses significant forecasting power for the stock’s future variance and in contrast with the existing literature, realized skewness is lack of explanatory power of future daily returns for individual stocks in the short term.
high-frequency, realized variance, realized kurtosis, linear regression, trading volume
2010 Mathematics Subject Classification
Primary 62P20. Secondary 91B84.
The second author’s research is partially supported by HK GRF Grant (17332416). The third author’s research is partially supported by HK GRF Grant (17303315).
Paper received on 18 April 2017.