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A Bayesian Approach to Backtest Overfitting, Jiří Witzany, 2017

A Bayesian Approach to Backtest Overfitting, Jiří Witzany, 2017

Backtest, Bayesian Probability, Bootstrapping, Cross-Validation, Investment Strategy, MCMC, Multiple Testing, optimization, Probability of Backtest Overfitting, Sharpe Ratio

Quantitative investment strategies are often selected from a broad class of candidate models estimated and tested on historical data. Standard statistical technique to prevent model overfitting such as out-sample back-testing turns out to be unreliable in the situation when selection is based on results of too many models tested on the holdout sample. There is an ongoing discussion how to estimate the probability of back-test overfitting and adjust the expected performance indicators like Sharpe ratio in order to reflect properly the effect of multiple testing. We propose a consistent Bayesian approach that consistently yields the desired robust estimates based on an MCMC simulation. The approach is tested on a class of technical trading strategies where a seemingly profitable strategy can be selected in the naïve approach.

04.08.2017

Identifying Price Jumps from Daily Data with Bayesian vs. Non-Parametric Methods, Milan Fičura, Jiří Witzany, 2017

Identifying Price Jumps from Daily Data with Bayesian vs. Non-Parametric Methods, Milan Fičura, Jiří Witzany, 2017

Asset price jumps, Bayesian estimation, Hawkes process, L-Estimator, MCMC, Particle filters, power variation estimators, self-exciting jumps, SVJD

Non-parametric approach to financial time series jump estimation, using the L-Estimator, is compared with the parametric approach utilizing a Stochastic-Volatility-Jump-Diffusion (SVJD) model, estimated with MCMC and extended with Particle Filters to estimate the out-sample evolution of its latent state variables, such as the jump occurrences. The comparison is performed on simulated time series with different kinds of dynamics, including Poisson jumps, self-exciting Hawkes jumps with long-term clustering, as well as co-jumps. In addition to that, a comparison is performed on the real world daily time series of 4 major currency exchange rates. The results from the simulation study show that for the purposes of in-sample estimation does the MCMC based parametric approach significantly outperform the L-Estimator. In the case of the out-sample estimates, based on a combination of MCMC an Particle Filters, used to sequentially estimate the jump occurrences immediately at the times at which the jumps occur, does the parametric approach achieve a similar accuracy as the non-parametric one in the case of the simulations with Poisson jumps that are relatively large, and it outperforms the non-parametric approach in the case of Hawkes jumps when the jumps are large. On the other hand, the L-Estimator provides better results than the parametric approach in all of the cases when the simulated jumps are small (1% or less), regardless of the jump process dynamics. The application of the methods to foreign exchange rate time series further shows that the estimates of the parametric method may be biased in the case when large outlier jumps occur in the time series as well as when the stochastic volatility grows too high (as happened during the crisis). In both of these cases, the non-parametric L-Estimator based approach seems to provide more robust jump estimates, less influenced by the mentioned issues.

04.08.2017

Estimating stochastic volatility and jumps using high-frequency data and Bayesian methods, Milan Fičura, Jiří Witzany, 2015

Estimating stochastic volatility and jumps using high-frequency data and Bayesian methods, Milan Fičura, Jiří Witzany, 2015

bipower variation, Hawkes process, jump clustering, MCMC, realized variance, self-exciting jumps, shrinkage estimator, Stochastic volatility

We are comparing two approaches for stochastic volatility and jumps estimation in the EUR/USD time series - the non-parametric power-variation approach using high-frequency returns, and the parametric Bayesian approach (MCMC estimation of SVJD models) using daily returns. We find that both of the methods do identify continuous stochastic volatility similarly, but they do not identify similarly the jump component. Firstly - the jumps estimated using the non-parametric high-frequency estimators are much more numerous than in the case of the Bayesian method using daily data. More importantly - we find that the probabilities of jump occurrences assigned to every day by both of the methods are virtually no rank-correlated (Spearman rank correlation is 0.0148) meaning that the two methods do not identify jumps at the same days. Actually the jump probabilities inferred using the non-parametric approach are not much correlated even with the daily realized variance and the daily squared returns, indicating that the discontinuous price changes (jumps) observed on high-frequencies may not be distinguishable (from the continuous volatility) on the daily frequency. As an additional result we find strong evidence for jump size dependence and jump clustering (based on the self-exciting Hawkes process) of the jumps identified using the non-parametric method (the shrinkage estimator).

19.01.2015

Estimating Correlated Jumps and Stochastic Volatilities, Jiří Witzany, 2011

Estimating Correlated Jumps and Stochastic Volatilities, Jiří Witzany, 2011

jump-diffusion, MCMC, Monte Carlo, Stochastic volatility, value at risk

We formulate a bivariate stochastic volatility jump-diffusion model with correlated jumps and volatilities. An MCMC Metropolis-Hastings sampling algorithm is proposed to estimate the model’s parameters and latent state variables (jumps and stochastic volatilities) given observed returns. The methodology is successfully tested on several artificially generated bivariate time series and then on the two most important Czech domestic financial market time series of the FX (CZK/EUR) and stock (PX index) returns. Four bivariate models with and without jumps and/or stochastic volatility are compared using the deviance information criterion (DIC) confirming importance of incorporation of jumps and stochastic volatility into the model.

01.11.2011

A Two-Factor Model for PD and LGD Correlation, Jiří Witzany, 2011

A Two-Factor Model for PD and LGD Correlation, Jiří Witzany, 2011

correlation, MCMC, recovery rate, regulatory capital

A Two-Factor Model for PD and LGD Correlation, University of Economics, Working Paper. The paper proposes a two-factor model to capture retail portfolio probability of default (PD) and loss given default (LGD) parameters and in particular their mutual correlation. We argue that the standard one-factor models standing behind the Basel II formula and used by a number of studies cannot capture well the correlation between PD and LGD on a large (asymptotic) portfolio. Parameters of the proposed model are estimated using the Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) method on a sample of real banking data. The results confirm positive stand-alone PD and LGD correlations and indicate a positive mutual PD x LGD correlation. The estimated Bayesian MCMC distributions of the parameters show that the stand alone correlations are strongly significant with a lower significance of the mutual correlation probably due to a too short observed time period.

07.02.2011