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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.
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).