Special Issue "Alternative Assets and Cryptocurrencies"

A special issue of Journal of Risk and Financial Management (ISSN 1911-8074).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Christian Hafner

CORE and Institute of statistics, biostatistics and actuarial sciences, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium
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Interests: financial econometrics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In times of low interest rates, classical fixed-income type investments become less attractive, while the risks of speculative bubbles in stocks and real estate increase. Crises such as the global financial crisis 2007–09 or the European debt crisis 2011–12 amplify the need for diversification and safe haven investments, a role traditionally played by gold. Recently, there has been an increasing academic interest in alternative investments such as fine art, wine, diamonds, classical cars, watches, and many other physical goods. Typically, heterogeneity of the investments hampers construction of price indices and performance analyses. Cryptocurrencies share some features of alternative assets such as low correlation with financial markets, but they are non-physical, without an intrinsic consumption value, and still suffer from extreme volatilities, which explains why hedge funds remain reluctant to include them in their portfolios. However, this may change in the future with higher market maturity and less volatility. This Special Issue will collect papers addressing alternative assets and cryptocurrencies from financial, economic or econometric viewpoints. Topics include properties of cryptocurrencies, construction of price indices, portfolio diversification, performance evaluation, prediction, volatility and correlation modelling, correlation with financial markets, extreme value analysis, statistical and time series properties, risk management, etc.

Prof. Dr. Christian Hafner
Guest Editor

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  • properties of cryptocurrencies
  • construction of price indices
  • portfolio diversification
  • performance evaluation
  • prediction
  • volatility and correlation modelling
  • correlation with financial markets
  • extreme value analysis
  • statistical and time series properties
  • risk management

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Open AccessArticle Long- and Short-Term Cryptocurrency Volatility Components: A GARCH-MIDAS Analysis
J. Risk Financial Manag. 2018, 11(2), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm11020023
Received: 10 April 2018 / Revised: 5 May 2018 / Accepted: 8 May 2018 / Published: 10 May 2018
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We use the GARCH-MIDAS model to extract the long- and short-term volatility components of cryptocurrencies. As potential drivers of Bitcoin volatility, we consider measures of volatility and risk in the US stock market as well as a measure of global economic activity. We
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We use the GARCH-MIDAS model to extract the long- and short-term volatility components of cryptocurrencies. As potential drivers of Bitcoin volatility, we consider measures of volatility and risk in the US stock market as well as a measure of global economic activity. We find that S&P 500 realized volatility has a negative and highly significant effect on long-term Bitcoin volatility. The finding is atypical for volatility co-movements across financial markets. Moreover, we find that the S&P 500 volatility risk premium has a significantly positive effect on long-term Bitcoin volatility. Finally, we find a strong positive association between the Baltic dry index and long-term Bitcoin volatility. This result shows that Bitcoin volatility is closely linked to global economic activity. Overall, our findings can be used to construct improved forecasts of long-term Bitcoin volatility. Full article
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