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The Process of price formation and the skewness of asset returns


Reimann, Stefan (2006). The Process of price formation and the skewness of asset returns. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 276, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Distributions of assets returns exhibit a slight skewness. In this note we show that our model of endogenous price formation [Reimann 2006] creates an asymmetric return distribution if the price dynamics are a process in which consecutive trading periods are dependent from each other in the sense that opening prices equal closing prices of the former trading period. The corresponding parameter skewness (preference) parameter is estimated from daily prices from 01/01/1999 - 12/31/2004 for 9 large indices. For the S&P 500, the skewness distribution of all its constituting assets is also calculated. The skewness distribution due to our model is compared with the distribution of the empirical skewness values of the single assets.

Abstract

Distributions of assets returns exhibit a slight skewness. In this note we show that our model of endogenous price formation [Reimann 2006] creates an asymmetric return distribution if the price dynamics are a process in which consecutive trading periods are dependent from each other in the sense that opening prices equal closing prices of the former trading period. The corresponding parameter skewness (preference) parameter is estimated from daily prices from 01/01/1999 - 12/31/2004 for 9 large indices. For the S&P 500, the skewness distribution of all its constituting assets is also calculated. The skewness distribution due to our model is compared with the distribution of the empirical skewness values of the single assets.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:March 2006
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:47
Last Modified:12 Aug 2017 13:01
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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