On a universal mechanism for long ranged volatility correlations

Jean-Philippe Bouchaud 1, 2, Irene Giardina 3, Marc Mézard 4

Quantitative Finance 1 (2001) 212-216

We propose a general interpretation for long-range correlation effects in the activity and volatility of financial markets. This interpretation is based on the fact that the choice between `active’ and `inactive’ strategies is subordinated to random-walk like processes. We numerically demonstrate our scenario in the framework of simplified market models, such as the Minority Game model with an inactive strategy. We show that real market data can be surprisingly well accounted for by these simple models.

  • 1. Service de physique de l’état condensé (SPEC),
  • 2. Science & Finance,
    Science et Finances
  • 3. Service de Physique Théorique (SPhT),
    CNRS : URA2306 – CEA : DSM/SPHT
  • 4. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI – Paris Sud
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