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# Estimating and Forecasting Generalized Fractional Long Memory Stochastic Volatility Models

by
Shelton Peiris
1,
Manabu Asai
2,* and
Michael McAleer
3,4,5,6,7
1
School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW 2006, Australia
2
Faculty of Economics, Soka University, Tokyo 192-8577, Japan
3
Department of Quantitative Finance, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan
4
Discipline of Business Analytics, University of Sydney Business School, Darlington, NSW 2006, Australia
5
Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 3062 PA Rotterdam, The Netherlands
6
7
Institute of Advanced Studies, Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Kanagawa 240-8501, Japan
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
J. Risk Financial Manag. 2017, 10(4), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm10040023
Submission received: 30 October 2017 / Revised: 4 December 2017 / Accepted: 8 December 2017 / Published: 12 December 2017

## Abstract

:
This paper considers a flexible class of time series models generated by Gegenbauer polynomials incorporating the long memory in stochastic volatility (SV) components in order to develop the General Long Memory SV (GLMSV) model. We examine the corresponding statistical properties of this model, discuss the spectral likelihood estimation and investigate the finite sample properties via Monte Carlo experiments. We provide empirical evidence by applying the GLMSV model to three exchange rate return series and conjecture that the results of out-of-sample forecasts adequately confirm the use of GLMSV model in certain financial applications.
JEL Classification:
C18; C21; C58

## 1. Introduction

Consider the well known ARFIMA$( p , d , q )$ model given by:
$ϕ ( B ) Y t = θ ( B ) ϵ t ,$
where $Y t = ( 1 − B ) d X t , d ∈ ( − 1 , 0.5 ) , { ϵ t }$ is a sequence of uncorrelated (but not necessarily independent) random variables such that $V a r ( ϵ t ) = σ 2$, and $ϕ ( B )$ and $θ ( B )$ are stationary AR(p) and invertible MA(q) polynomials, respectively.
In recent years, there has been a great deal of developments with time dependent instantaneous innovation variances (or volatility) related in modeling financial volatility. See, for example, Generalized AutoRegressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity (GARCH) family Engle (1982) and Stochastic Volatility (SV) models (Clark 1973; Taylor 1982, 1986). A general survey can be found on these topics in McAleer (2005) and Shephard (2005). An alternative modelling via ‘realized volatility’ can be considered as noise plus the realized value of the latent volatility in SV models and discussed in Barndorff-Nielsen and Shephard (2002), Bollerslev and Zhou (2002), and Asai et al. (2012).
As the conditional volatility displays long memory or long range dependencies in many financial applications, Baillie et al. (1996) and Bollerslev and Mikkelsen (1996) developed the Fractionally Integrated GARCH (FIGARCH) and Fractionally Integrated Exponential GARCH (FIEGARCH) models, respectively. In the light of this evidence, Breidt et al. (1998) developed the long memory SV (LMSV) model, in which log-volatility follows the ARFIMA(p, d, q) process. Empirical evidence from Breidt et al. (1998), Andersen et al. (2001, 2003), Pong et al. (2004), Koopman et al. (2005). Asai et al. (2012) indicated that estimates of d lie between zero and one.
Motivated by these extensions and applications, Bordignon et al. (2007) and Artiach and Arteche (2012) developed the generalized long memory GARCH model and the generalized LMSV model using the Gegenbauer polynomials. See Gray et al. (1989). Incorporating the Gegenbauer process in volatility modeling enables a flexible class of process for the conditional/stochastic variance that is capable of explaining and representing the observed temporal dependencies in financial market volatility. Artiach and Arteche (2012) suggested spectral likelihood estimation for general LMSV models.
The main purpose of this paper is to develop and apply the GLMSV models for forecasting volatility of exchange rate returns.
The organization of the paper is as follows. Section 2 briefly reviews stochastic volatility models and the Gegenbauer ARMA process. Section 3 considers generalized LMSV model, and develops its statistical properties. Section 4 discusses the estimation technique via spectral likelihood (SL), which is equivalent to the quasi-maximum likelihood (QML) estimator, and examines the finite sample properties of the SL estimator. Section 4 also explains the method for estimating and forecasting volatility. Section 5 presents empirical results using the exchange rate returns of Japanese Yen (YEN), Euro (EUR), and British Pound (GBP) relative to the US dollar (USD). Section 6 provides concluding remarks.

## 2. Review of Stochastic Volatility (SV) Models

An alternative to the modeling of the popular GARCH and related conditional volatility models is a class of models such that the variance follows a certain latent stochastic process. Suppose that a discrete time series ${ Y t }$ is given by $Y t = σ t ξ t ,$ where $ξ t ∼ I I D ( 0 , 1 )$ and the volatility process satisfies:
$σ t = exp ( X t / 2 ) .$
Two popular cases related to (2) have been analysed in the literature:
• ${ X t }$ follows a stationary and invertible ARMA(p,q) process given by:
$ϕ ( L ) X t = C + θ ( L ) v t ,$
where $v t$ is white noise with zero mean and variance $σ v 2 , C$ is a constant, L is the lag operator, and the roots of $ϕ ( L )$ (AR(p) polynomial) and $θ ( L )$ (MA(q) polynomial) lie outside the unit circle to ensure stationarity and invertibility of ${ X t } .$
• ${ X t }$ follows a stationary and invertible ARFIMA(p,d,q) process given by:
$ϕ ( L ) ( 1 − L ) d X t = C + θ ( L ) v t ,$
where, in addition to the conditions in (3), the parameter $d ∈ ( − 0.5 , 0.5 )$ to ensure stationarity and invertibility of ${ X t } .$
Particular attention has been paid to the class in (4) when $0 < d < 0.5$ to model long memory in SV. In this case, (2) and (4) describe a family of LMSV. This paper introduces a general family of long memory models with SV. With that view in mind, below we report Gegenbauer polynomials and Gegenbauer ARMA (GARMA) for later reference. See Dissanayake et al. (2016) for further details.

## 3. Gegenbauer ARMA (GARMA) Model

Suppose that a time series ${ X t }$ is generated by:
$ϕ ( L ) ( 1 − 2 η L + L 2 ) d X t = θ ( L ) v t ,$
where the polynomials $ϕ ( L ) , θ ( L )$ and noise ${ v t }$ are as defined in (3), and $| η | ≤ 1$ and $| d | ≤ 1$ are real parameters.
This family in (5) is known as the Gegenbauer ARMA of order$( p , d , q ; η )$ or GARMA($p , d , q ; η$) suggested by Gray et al. (1989) (see also Chung (1996a, 1996b) and Dissanayake et al. (2016)). The GARMA process has the following properties:
• The power spectrum:
$f X ( ω ) = [ 4 ( cos ω − η ) 2 ] − d g ( ω ) , − π < ω < π ,$
where $g ( ω ) = | θ ( e − i ω ) | 2 | ϕ ( e − i ω ) | 2 σ v 2 2 π$ corresponds to the ARMA part.
• The process in (5) is stationary and explains long memory when $| η | < 1$ and $0 < d < 1 / 2$, or $| η | = 1$ and $0 < d < 1 / 4$, with the stationary condition on $ϕ ( L )$. From (6), it is clear that the long memory features are characterized by an unbounded spectrum at the Gegenbauer frequency $ω = ω g = arccos ( η )$ when $| η | < 1$, and at $ω = 0$ when $η = 1 ,$ in addition to the hyperbolic decay of the autocorrelation function (acf).
For later reference, we consider a special case, namely, the class of GARMA$( 0 , d , 0 ; η )$ given by:
$( 1 − 2 η L + L 2 ) d X t = v t .$
Following regularity conditions are useful for further analysis.
• Under the AR regularity conditions:
(a1)
$| η | < 1$ and $d < 1 / 2$; or
(a2)
$| η | = 1$ and $d < 1 / 4 ,$
the Wold representation of (7) is given as:
$X t = ψ ( L ) v t = ∑ j = 0 ∞ ψ j v t − j ,$
where $ψ ( L ) = ( 1 − 2 η L + L 2 ) − d = ∑ j = 0 ∞ ψ j L j$ and the coefficients $ψ j , j ≥ 2$, are recursively related by:
with initial values $ψ 0 = 1$ and $ψ 1 = 2 d η$.
These coefficients, $ψ j$, reduce to the corresponding standard long memory (or binomial) coefficients when $η = 1$, such that $ψ j = Γ ( 2 d + j ) Γ ( j + 1 ) Γ ( 2 d ) .$
• Under the MA regularity conditions:
(b1)
$| η | < 1$ and $d > − 1 / 2$; or
(b2)
$| η | = 1$ and $d > − 1 / 4 ,$
(6) admits an invertible solution, such that:
$v t = ( 1 − 2 η L + L 2 ) d X t = ∑ j = 0 ∞ π j X t − j ,$
where the coefficients, $π j$, are obtained from (9) by replacing d with $− d .$
In the general case of (5), the corresponding stationary and invertible solutions can be obtained from:
$X t = ψ ( L ) × ψ ′ ( L ) v t ,$
and
$v t = [ ψ ′ ( L ) ] − 1 × ( 1 − 2 η L + L 2 ) d X t ,$
respectively, where $ψ ′ ( L ) = [ ϕ ( L ) ] − 1 θ ( L )$ (see Dissanayake et al. (2016) for further details). In recent papers, Shitan and Peiris (2008, 2013) have considered an alternative family of generalized fractional processes given by:
$ϕ ( L ) ( 1 − α L ) d X t = θ ( L ) v t .$
As an extension, Section 4 considers a family of generalized long memory volatility models using Gegenbauer polynomials.

## 4. Generalized Long Memory SV (GLMSV) Models

This section considers the generalized long memory SV (GLMSV) model, suggested by Artiach and Arteche (2012). The GLMSV model is defined by:
$Y t = σ t ξ t , ξ t ∼ I I D ( 0 , 1 ) , σ t = exp ( X t / 2 ) ,$
$ϕ ( L ) ( 1 − 2 η L + L 2 ) d ( X t − μ ) = θ ( L ) v t ,$
where ${ ξ t }$ is independent of ${ X t }$ for all $t .$ In the model, log-volatility follows the GARMA($p , d , q ; η$) process. From the spectrum of (6), it is clear that the log volatility process, ${ X t }$, has generalized long memory when $| η | < 1$ and $0 < d < 0.5$, with a spectral peak at Gegenbauer frequency $ω g = arccos ( η ) .$

#### 4.1. Properties of GLMSV

Suppose that ${ v t }$ in (5) is Gaussian and let $γ ( k )$ be the autocovariance function (ACVF) of ${ X t }$ given by $γ ( k ) = C o v ( X t , X t + k ) .$ It follows from the properties of the lognormal distribution that:
• $E ( Y t ) = 0$ and $V a r ( Y t ) = exp [ γ ( 0 ) / 2 ] ,$
• $γ Y ( k ) = C o v ( Y t , Y t + k ) = 0$ for all $k ≠ 0 ,$
• ${ Y t }$ is a martingale difference.
Let $U t = log ( Y t 2 ) .$ Then the observation equation satisfies the linear state space model, $U t = log ( σ t 2 ) + log ( ξ t 2 )$, and reduces to:
$U t = c + X t + ϵ t ,$
where $c = μ + E [ log ( ξ t 2 )$] and $ϵ t = log ( ξ t 2 ) − E [ log ( ξ t 2 ) ]$ is an iid process independent of ${ X t } .$ Note that, if $ξ t$ is standard normal, then $ξ t 2 ∼ χ 1 2$, which gives $E [ log ( ξ t 2 ) ] = − 1.2704$ and $V a r [ log ( ξ t 2 ) ] = π 2 2 ≈ 4.93$.
It follows from (12) that the corresponding spectra are related by:
$f U ( ω ) = f X ( ω ) + σ ϵ 2 2 π , − π < ω < π ,$
where $f X ( ω ) = g ( ω ) [ 4 ( cos ω − η ) 2 ] − d , − π < ω < π$, and $σ ϵ 2 = V a r ( ϵ t ) .$
From the results in Granger and Morris (1976) for the sum of an MA process and noise, we can write:
$U t = c + ∑ j = 0 ∞ ψ ˜ j v t − j + ϵ t = c + ∑ j = 0 ∞ κ j e t − j ,$
where ${ e t }$ is a white noise process, and $ψ ˜ j$ is the jth coefficient of the polynomial $ψ ˜ ( z ) = ( 1 − 2 η z + z 2 ) − d ϕ ( z ) − 1 θ ( z )$, with $ψ ˜ 0 = 1$. Hence, we obtain the MA(∞) representation of $U t$. The distribution of $e t$ can be obtained by the the convolution of the distributions of $X t$ and $ϵ t$, where ${ e t }$ is serially uncorrelated, but is not an independent process.
Clearly, (13) implies that the log squared returns of ${ Y t }$ have long memory, with the same memory parameter d as in the volatility process ${ X t } .$ In particular, when $η = 1$ and $0 < d < 1 / 4 ,$ GLMSV reduces to the standard LMSV. These spectral properties can be used to identify the GLMSV and LMSV processes in practice.

#### 4.2. Identification of GLMSV and LMSV

The following lemma on spectral densities can be used to identify LMSV and/or GLMSV.
Lemma 1.
$f U ( ω ) ∼ f X ( ω )$ as $ω → ω g = arccos ( η ) .$
Proof.
Let $f * ( ω ) = [ f X ( ω ) ] − 1 σ ϵ 2 2 π .$ Then from (13) we have:
$f U ( ω ) = f X ( ω ) [ 1 + f * ( ω ) ] .$
Clearly, $f * ( ω )$ is bounded from above and bounded away from zero when $0 < d < 0.5 ,$ and $f * ( ω ) → 0$ as $ω → ω g = arccos ( η ) .$ Hence, the lemma holds. ☐
The lemma shows that the spectrum of ${ U t }$ behaves like that of ${ X t }$ near the Gegenbauer frequency, $ω g .$ We illustrate this for three important cases by taking $ϕ ( L ) = θ ( L ) = 1$ for simplicity.
Spectral Densities
• Standard LMSV when $η = 1 :$
The sdf of ${ U t }$ is given by:
$f U ( ω ) ∼ [ 2 ( sin ( ω / 2 ) ] − 4 d σ v 2 2 π , − π < ω < π ,$
and is unbounded as $ω → 0$ when $0 < d < 1 / 2 .$ The following diagram illustrates $f = f U ( ω ) , d = 0.4 , σ v 2 = 2$:
• GLMSV when $| η | < 1 :$
The sdf of ${ U t }$ is given by:
$f U ( ω ) ∼ [ 4 ( cos ω − η ) 2 ] − d σ v 2 2 π , − π < ω < π ,$
and is unbounded as $ω → arccos ( η )$ (the Gegenbauer frequency, which is away from the origin) for $| η | < 1$ and $0 < d < 1 / 2 .$ The second diagram illustrates $f 2 = f U ( ω ) , d = 0.4 , η = 0.8 , σ v 2 = 2$:

## 5. Estimation and Forecasting

#### 5.1. Spectral-Likelihood Estimator

Though the process ${ v t }$ is non-Gaussian, a reasonable estimation procedure is to maximize the quasi-likelihood, or the likelihood computed as if ${ v t }$ was Gaussian. For the LMSV models, the approaches of So (1999, 2002) and Doornik and Ooms (2003) enable us to compute the quasi-likelihood exactly, using the autocovariance functions up to order n. For the GLMSV model, it is not easy to calculate the exact autocovariances, but it is possible to obtain their approximate values with the use of the algorithm of McElroy and Holan (2012). Hence, the effectiveness of the QML estimation of this type depends on the accuracy of the approximation of the autocovariance functions. Rather than the approximate approach, we suggest a spectral domain estimator, which was used in estimating the GLSMV model by Artiach and Arteche (2012).
The spectral-likelihood (SL) estimator is obtained by minimizing:
where $λ = ( δ , η ′ ) ′$ and $δ = ( d , ϕ 1 , … , ϕ p , θ 1 , … , θ q , σ v , σ ϵ ) ′$ are the vectors of unknown parameters, $1 ( · )$ is an indicator function which takes one if the condition is satisfied, and otherwise zero, $[ · ]$ denotes the integer part, $ω j = 2 π j / n$ is the jth Fourier frequency, and
This technique is originally suggested by Breidt et al. (1998) for estimating the LMSV model. If we know the value of $η$ a priori, we should omit the observation which corresponds to $ω = arccos ( η )$.
For estimating $η$, it is straightforward to show from Chung (1996a, 1996b) and Peiris and Asai (2016) that:
where $K = E ( σ t − 2 ) + 2 ∑ j = 1 ∞ φ σ ( j ) E ( ϵ t − i 2 / σ t 4 )$, $Y 0$ is a random variable defined as
$Y 0 ≡ ∫ 0 1 W ˜ 1 d W 2 − ∫ 0 1 W 1 d W ˜ 2 ∫ 0 1 W ˜ 1 2 ( r ) d r + ∫ 0 1 W 1 2 ( r ) d r ,$
and $( W ˜ 1 ( t ) , W ˜ 2 ( t ) )$ and $( W 1 ( t ) , W 2 ( t ) )$ are two independent Brownian motions with mean zero and covariance,
Furthermore,
where $Y 1$ is a random variable defined as
Apart from $η$, Zaffaroni (2009) showed that the SL estimator, $λ ^$, is consistent, and:
where $λ 0$ is the true value,
and $Q e ( ω 1 , ω 2 , ω 3 )$ is the fourth-order cumulant spectral density of $e t$, defined by (14). Furthermore, the SL estimator has the same limiting distribution as the QML estimator in the time domain. In practice, the second term of U can be estimated by the approach of Taniguchi (1982) (see chp. 5 of Taniguchi and Kakizawa (2000) and Zaffaroni (2009) for the general justification of the SL estimator). Zaffaroni (2009) shows the consistency and asymptotic normality of the SL estimator for conditional and stochastic volatility models with both short and long range dependencies.
Following Gray et al. (1989), Chung (1996a, 1996b), and Artiach and Arteche (2012), we use the grid search procedure for different values of $η$ over the range $[ − 1 , 1 ]$ for minimizing (18).

#### 5.2. Finite Sample Properties

We conducted Monte Carlo experiments for investigating the finite sample properties of the SL estimator. The parameter values for $X t$ are specified as:
In the parameter settings, all the variances of $X t$ are equal to one. Note that the standard deviation of $ϵ t$ is $σ ϵ = π / 2 = 2.221$, which is greater than twice the standard deviation of $X t$. We consider sample sizes $n = { 1024 , 2048 }$, with $R = 2000$ replications. For the AR and ARFIMA models, the structure $( 1 − 2 η L + L 2 ) d$ implies that the estimate of $η$ can take any value when the estimate of d is close to zero.
Table 1 shows the finite sample performances of the SL estimator for the GARMA model. The bias for the estimator of d is negligible for both $n = 1024$ and $n = 2048$. The bias for $η$ is negligible when $d > 0$, and it is meaningless if $d = 0$. As noted before, when the true value of d is zero, the estimates of $η$ can take any values. The results for $d = 0$ show that the estimates of $η$ are close to 0.7, and the RMSE has no major change with respect to the sample size. The bias for the estimates of $μ$ and $ϕ$ are negligible. The estimator of $σ ϵ$ has a downward bias, while that of $σ$ is biased upward. The result may come from the difference in the sizes of the parameters. The biases for $σ ϵ$ and $σ$ become small as the sample size increases. For all the parameters, except for the meaningless case of $η$, the bias, standard deviation, and RMSE decrease as the sample size increases. Next we support the above findings using real data.

#### 5.3. Estimating and Forecasting Volatility

We introduce an algorithm of Harvey (1998) regarding signal extraction and forecasting of long memory plus noise processes. Define $U = ( U 1 , … , U n ) ′$, $X * = ( X 1 − μ , … , X n − μ ) ′$, and $ϵ = ( ϵ 1 , … , ϵ n ) ′$, in order to obtain:
$U = ( c + μ ) 1 n + X * + ϵ ,$
where $1 n$ is an $n × 1$ vector of ones. Then, the minimum mean square linear estimator of X is given by:
where $V = V X + σ 2 I n$, and $V X$ denotes the covariance matrix of $X *$. As noted in Section 5.1, $V X$ can be approximated by the algorithm of McElroy and Holan (2012) (see the Appendix A for details). Harvey (1998) recommends using the volatility estimate:
where $σ ˜ Y ˜ 2 = n − 1 ∑ t = 1 n Y ˜ t 2$, and $Y ˜ t = Y t exp ( − 0.5 X ˜ t * )$ are the heteroskedasticity-corrected observations.
For predicting the observations on $U t$ for $t = n + 1 , … , n + h$, denote $U h$ as the $h × 1$ vector of predicted values. Then the corresponding MMSLEs are given by:
where R is the $h × n$ matrix of covariances between $U h$ and U. Using $X ˜ h = U ˜ h − ( μ + c ) 1 h$, the predictions of $σ n + j 2$$( j = 1 , … , h )$ are given by exponentiating the elements of $X ˜ h$, and multiplying by $σ ˜ Y ˜ 2$.

## 6. Empirical Analysis

#### 6.1. Data and Preliminary Results

The empirical analysis focuses on estimating and forecasting the GLMSV model for three sets of exchange rate data, namely YEN/USD, EUR/USD, and GBP/USD. The sample period is from 4 October 2005 to 25 November 2015, giving 2549 observations. We calculated the returns series, $R t = log P t − log P t − 1$, where $P t$ is the closing price on day t. We use the first $n = 2048$ returns for estimating the GLMSV models, and the remaining 500 series for forecasting. The estimation period includes the global financial crisis. Table 2 presents descriptive statistics for the whole sample. As our interest is on volatility, we use the mean subtracted returns, $Y t = R t − R ¯$.
As a preliminary analysis, we estimated the new generalized fractionally integrated EGARCH (GIEGARCH) model, defined by:
$Y t = h t ξ t , ξ t ∼ I I D ( 0 , 1 ) , ϕ ( L ) ( 1 − 2 η L + L 2 ) d ( log h t − μ ) = θ ( L ) ζ ( ξ t − 1 ) ,$
where $ζ ( ξ t )$ is the generalized return, and $ϕ ( L )$ and $θ ( L )$ are defined in Section 3. Following Hansen et al. (2012), we consider the second-order Hermite polynomial for the error term, as:
$ζ ( ξ t ) = γ 1 ξ t + γ 2 ( ξ t 2 − E ( ξ t 2 ) ) .$
Assuming that $ξ t$ has finite fourth moment, it is straightforward to show $E [ ζ ( ξ t ) ] = 0$ and $V [ ζ ( ξ t ) ] < ∞$. When $η = 1$, the new GIEGARCH(p,d,q; $η$) model reduces to the class of the FIEGARCH(p,$2 d$,q) model of Bollerslev and Mikkelsen (1996). Following Bollerslev and Mikkelsen (1996), we truncate the MA(∞) representation of the GARMA process of log-volatility as:
$log h t = μ + ∑ j = 0 J ψ ˜ j ζ ( ξ t − 1 − j ) ,$
where $ψ ˜ j$ is the jth coefficient of the polynomial $ψ ˜ ( z ) = ( 1 − 2 η z + z 2 ) − d ϕ ( z ) − 1 θ ( z )$, with $ψ ˜ 0 = 1$. We calculate the value of $ψ ˜ j$ by the approximating technique of McElroy and Holan (2012) up to $J = 1000$ (see the Appendix A).
In addition to the FIEGARCH and GIEGARCH models, we estimated the GARCH model with the conditional volatility equation:
$h t = w + α Y t − 1 2 + β h t − 1 ,$
as a benchmark.
Table 3 gives the QML estimates of the GARCH model. As a typical result, the estimates of $α + β$ is close to one, indicating a possible long range dependence in volatility. Table 4 shows the QML estimates of the FIEGARCH(1,$2 d$,0) and GIEGARCH(1,d,0; $η$) models. For the FIEGARCH model, the estimates of d indicate that the conditional log-volatility, $log h t$, has long range dependence. The estimates of $γ 1$ are negative, while those of $γ 2$ are positive. The estimates of $ϕ$ are located in the interval (−0.25, −0.1). Except for the estimates of $γ 1$ for the EUR/USD return, all parameter estimates are significant at the five percent level. These estimates are similar to the values obtained in the literature.
The estimates of d in the GIEGARCH model are about twice of those for the FIEGARCH model. The estimates of $η$ are positive, and the estimates of $ϕ$ are close to one. The estimates of $γ 1$ are negative, while those of $γ 2$ are positive. All parameter estimates are significant at the five percent level. As the estimates of $η$ are significantly different from one, the estimates of the Gegenbauer frequency, $ω g = arccos ( η )$, are different from zero.

#### 6.2. Estimates and Forecasts for the GLMSV Model

In the following, we show the empirical results for the GLMSV models as compared with those of the GIEGARCH model.
Table 5 gives the SL estimates of the GLMSV model. The estimates of d and $ϕ$ are close to the values of the GIEGARCH model. Compared with the GIEGARCH model, the estimates of $η$ are higher. The estimates of $μ$ are different from those of the GIEGARCH model, and the differences may arise from the statistical flexibility of the class of SV models compared with their conditional heteroskedasticity counterparts. All estimates are significant at the five percent level. As the estimates of $η$ are significantly different from one, the estimates of the Gegenbauer frequency $ω g = arccos ( η )$ are different from zero.
As explained previously, we use the last 500 observations for the rolling-window forecasting analysis, based on the approach in the previous section. First, we report the estimates of the Mincer–Zarmowitz (MZ) regression, given by:
$Y t 2 = a + b σ ^ t | t − 1 2 + e t , t = n + 1 , … , n + 500 ,$
where $σ ^ t | t − 1 2$ is the one-step ahead forecast of $σ t 2$ on day t. Table 6 presents the results of OLS estimation with heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation consistent standard errors. For all three data sets, the GLMSV model has the highest $R 2$. We should note that the simple GARCH model has the second highest $R 2$ for two series.
Secondly, we compare the forecasts using the robust and homogeneous loss function suggested by Patton (2011), defined by:
where c is the degree of homogeneity, h is the proxy of volatility ($h = Y 2$), and $σ ^ 2$ is the forecast of volatility. The general loss function reduces to the mean squared error (MSE) when $c = 2$, while it is equivalent to the the loss function based on the quasi-log-likelihood (QLIKE) when $c = 0$. Table 7 shows the average of the loss function for the cases $c = 0 , 1 , 2$. For all three series, two of three loss functions chose the GLMSV model, while the remaining one selects the GARCH model.
Thirdly, we calculated the Value-at-Risk (VaR) thresholds, assuming normality of $ξ t$. Combined with the one-day-ahead forecasts of log-volatility, we computed the 1 and 5 percent VaR thresholds as $− 2.326 σ ^ n + 1 2$ and $− 1.645 σ ^ n + 1 2$, respectively, fixing the sample size as $n = 2048$. In order to assess the estimated VaR thresholds, we use the GMM duration-based tests developed by Candelon et al. (2011), which works with the J-statistic based on the moments defined by the orthonormal polynomials that are associated with the geometric distribution. The conditional coverage test and independence test based on q orthonormal polynomials have the asymptotic $χ q 2$ and $χ q − 1 2$ distributions under their respective null distributions. The unconditional coverage test is given as a special case of the conditional coverage test, with $q = 1$. Table 8 shows the percentage of VaR violations and test results for the GARCH, FIEGARCH, GIEGARCH and GLMSV models. For the FIEGARCH model, some of the test statistics are rejected at the five percent significance level. On the other hand, for the GARCH, GIEGARCH, and GLMSV models, the tests do not reject the null hypothesis at the 5% and 1% VaR thresholds, thereby indicating that the estimated VaR thresholds are satisfactory.
By the three kinds of measures of forecasting performance, we found that the GLMSV model always outperforms the FIEGARCH and GIEGARCH models for the period includes the global financial crises. We also found that the simple GARCH model is the second best model.

## 7. Concluding Remarks

In this paper, we considered a generalized long memory volatility (GLMSV) model, based on the GARMA(p,d,q; $η$) process, and examined the statistical properties. We discussed theoretical background of the spectral likelihood (SL) estimation method, for which the asymptotic distribution is the same as that of the QML estimator. Then we conducted Monte Carlo experiments for investigating the finite sample properties of the SL estimator, and found that the finite sample biases are negligible for $n = 2048$.
In addition, we estimated the GARCH, FIEGARCH, GIEGARCH, and GLMSV models, using three exchange rate returns for YEN/USD, EUR/USD, and GBP/USD. The empirical results supported long memory for log-volatility, and also showed a non-zero Gegenbauer frequency. Furthermore, the specification of generalized long memory improved satisfactory the out-of-sample forecasts for the MZ regression, the loss functions, and the VaR thresholds, which shows that the GLMSV model is a useful addition to the existing models in the literature.

## Acknowledgments

The authors are most grateful to Yoshi Baba and two anonymous reviewers for very helpful comments and suggestions. The first author acknowledges the support from the Faculty of Economics at Soka University during his visit. The second author acknowledges the financial support of Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS KAKENHI JP16K03603), Zengin Foundation for Studies on Economics and Finance, and Australian Academy of Science. The third author is most grateful for the financial support of the Australian Research Council, National Science Council, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

## Author Contributions

All authors contributed equally to the paper.

## Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

## Appendix A

We explain the calculation of the coefficients of the MA(∞) representation of the GARMA(p,d,q; $η$) model, and the calculation of the autocovariance functions.
For the GARMA process, it is not easy to obtain explicit formulas for the MA coefficients and the autocovariances that are valid for all lags. Recently, McElroy and Holan (2012) developed a computationally efficient method for calculating these values. Using the Gegenbauer frequency, $λ = ω g$, the spectral density of $X t$ can be written as:
$f ( ω ) = σ 2 | 1 − e − i λ e − i ω | − 2 d | 1 − e i λ e − i ω | − 2 d g ( ω ) ,$
where $g ( ω )$ represents the short memory part of the spectrum. For convenience, we define $κ ( z )$ so that $g ( ω ) = | κ ( e − i ω ) | 2$. Then, $κ ( z )$ takes the form $κ ( z ) = ∏ l ( 1 − ζ l z ) p l$ for (possibly complex) reciprocal roots, $ζ l$, of the moving average and autoregressive polynomials, where $p l$ is one if l corresponds to a moving average root, and minus one if l corresponds to an autoregressive root.
Define:
$g j = − 2 ∑ l p l ζ l j j , β j = 4 d cos ( j ω ) j + g j , ψ ˜ j = 1 2 j ∑ m = 1 l m β m ψ ˜ j − m , ψ ˜ 0 = 1 .$
McElroy and Holan (2012) showed that the MA(∞) representation of (11) is given by:
$X t = μ + ∑ j = 0 ∞ ψ ˜ j v t − j ,$
and the autocovariances of $X t$ for $h ≥ 0$ are given by:
$γ h = σ 2 ∑ j = 0 J − 1 ψ ˜ j ψ ˜ j + h + R J ( h ) ,$
where
and $F ( a , b ; c ; z )$ is the hypergeometric function evaluated at z. Note that $γ − h = γ h$. McElroy and Holan (2012) recommend using the cutoff value $J ≥ 2000$.

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Table 1. Finite Sample Performance of the SL Estimator of GLMSV.
Table 1. Finite Sample Performance of the SL Estimator of GLMSV.
DGPParameters
$μ$ $σ ϵ$ $σ$ $ϕ$ $d$ $η$
AR(1)
True02.2210.1990.9801
$n = 1024$0.00912.12010.48630.9693−0.10860.8972
(0.2967)(0.1901)(0.4455)(0.0305)(0.3847)(0.0830)
[0.2967][0.2152][0.5297][0.0323][0.3993][0.1320]
$n = 2048$0.00112.16660.40470.9753−0.08690.8986
(0.2170)(0.1137)(0.3361)(0.0119)(0.3590)(0.0797)
[0.2168][0.1261][0.3938][0.0128][0.3691][0.1289]
ARFIMA(1,2d,0)
True02.2210.5720.300.21
$n = 1024$0.00342.07960.59070.85510.10040.8901
(0.4011)(0.3942)(0.6551)(0.2127)(0.3359)(0.0824)
[0.4007][0.4185][0.6547][0.5944][0.3500][0.1373]
$n = 2048$0.00632.20140.43030.89390.15680.9003
(0.3394)(0.1618)(0.4617)(0.1983)(0.2928)(0.0870)
[0.3391][0.1629][0.4826][0.6261][0.2957][0.1322]
GARMA(1,d,0), Case 1
True02.2210.5200.300.40.7
$n = 1024$0.00271.94440.92120.09880.33010.6984
(0.0684)(0.5856)(0.5432)(0.3501)(0.1072)(0.0307)
[0.0684][0.6473][0.6749][0.4035][0.1280][0.0307]
$n = 2048$−0.00172.09650.76080.16930.35720.7005
(0.0564)(0.3353)(0.4068)(0.3143)(0.0797)(0.0052)
[0.0564][0.3575][0.4724][0.3401][0.0904][0.0053]
GARMA(1,d,0), Case 2
True02.2210.6750.700.30.3
$n = 1024$0.00372.03480.81800.64410.26680.3016
(0.0871)(0.5725)(0.5207)(0.2018)(0.1481)(0.0937)
[0.0871][0.6016][0.5395][0.2092][0.1516][0.0936]
$n = 2048$−0.00142.19280.70220.68470.29050.3006
(0.0696)(0.2076)(0.2269)(0.1099)(0.0747)(0.0459)
[0.0696][0.2094][0.2283][0.1109][0.0752][0.0458]
Note: Entries show the means of the SL estimates. Standard errors are in parentheses, and root mean squared errors are in brackets.
Table 2. Descriptive Statistics for Exchange Rate Returns.
Table 2. Descriptive Statistics for Exchange Rate Returns.
DataMeanStd. Dev.SkewnessKurtosis
YEN/USD0.00280.6617−0.32258.1747
EUR/USD−0.00450.63830.17175.9683
GBP/USD−0.00600.6163−0.33779.6188
Table 3. QML Estimates of GARCH Model.
Table 3. QML Estimates of GARCH Model.
ParametersYEN/USDEUR/USDGBP/USD
w0.00450.00100.0018
(0.0010)(0.0005)(0.0008)
$α$0.03420.03290.0394
(0.0036)(0.0046)(0.0056)
$β$0.95650.96470.9556
(0.0047)(0.0044)(0.0065)
Note: Standard errors are in parentheses.
Table 4. QML Estimates of FIEGARCH and GIEGARCH Models.
Table 4. QML Estimates of FIEGARCH and GIEGARCH Models.
ParametersYEN/USDEUR/USDGBP/USD
FIEGARCHGIEGARCHFIEGARCHGIEGARCHFIEGARCHGIEGARCH
$μ$−0.7736−0.8589−0.7916−0.9170−0.8771−1.0338
(0.0474)(0.0427)(0.0715)(0.0776)(0.0809)(0.0760)
$ϕ$−0.10840.9749−0.24010.9854−0.20060.9881
(0.0278)(0.0034)(0.0509)(0.0014)(0.0379)(0.0019)
$γ 1$−1.1991−0.0415−0.2439−0.0119−0.7873−0.0229
(0.3571)(0.0064)(0.1325)(0.0036)(0.2147)(0.0042)
$γ 2$0.72540.03210.50710.01400.47790.0108
(0.2696)(0.0043)(0.1496)(0.0023)(0.1727)(0.0027)
d0.14910.33500.23680.49880.24950.4996
(0.0345)(0.0750)(0.0365)(0.0854)(0.0431)(0.0624)
$η$10.389210.858310.8570
(0.0026) (0.0014) (0.0006)
$ω g$01.171000.538800.5414
Note: Standard errors are in parentheses. The Gegenbauer frequency is given by $ω g = arccos ( η )$.
Table 5. Estimates of GLMSV for Daily Currency Returns.
Table 5. Estimates of GLMSV for Daily Currency Returns.
ParametersYEN/USDEUR/USDGBP/USD
$μ$−1.2366−1.2030−1.3069
(0.0579)(0.0544)(0.0538)
$σ ϵ$2.51732.34822.2844
(0.0414)(0.0384)(0.0368)
$σ$0.08680.16210.0974
(0.0350)(0.0378)(0.0311)
$ϕ$0.98720.99390.9980
(0.0066)(0.0042)(0.0039)
d0.31730.47020.4987
(0.1475)(0.1029)(0.1869)
$η$0.80320.95970.8400
(0.0001)(0.0003)(0.0009)
$ω g$0.63810.28490.5735
Note: Standard errors are in parentheses. The Gegenbauer frequency is given by $ω g = arccos ( η )$.
Table 6. Results for MZ Reression.
Table 6. Results for MZ Reression.
DataParameterGARCHFIEGARCHGIGARCHGLMSV
YEN/USDa0.08590.07150.0404−0.2356
(0.0676)(0.0660)(0.0687)(0.0898)
b0.58870.59060.71161.5406
(0.1951)(0.1765)(0.1933)(0.2596)
S.E.0.64960.64820.64670.6335
$R 2$0.16090.16440.16820.2020
EUR/USDa0.0329−0.0493−0.06310.1012
(0.0448)(0.0652)(0.0563)(0.0360)
b0.89551.09681.12510.2704
(0.1116)(0.1729)(0.1438)(0.0307)
S.E.0.56240.57480.56400.5560
$R 2$0.32260.29220.31870.3379
GBP/USDa0.03140.04640.0052−0.4764
(0.0317)(0.0435)(0.0398)(0.1018)
b0.77680.57470.73461.4038
(0.1445)(0.1704)(0.1520)(0.2140)
S.E.0.30900.31430.31070.3050
$R 2$0.29500.27080.28750.3134
Note: Heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation consistent standard errors are given in parenthesis. ‘†’ denotes the highest value of $R 2$.
Table 7. Comparison of Volatility Forecasts.
Table 7. Comparison of Volatility Forecasts.
DataLoss FunctionGARCHFIEGARCHGIGARCHGLMSV
YEN/USD$c = 2$ (MSE)0.21290.21370.21060.1594
$c = 1$0.46610.50060.48120.4232
$c = 0$ (QLIKE)284.45 342.79299.66320.26
EUR/USD$c = 2$ (MSE)0.15780.16480.15880.0849
$c = 1$0.4565 0.52450.50200.5787
$c = 0$ (QLIKE)362.20497.04476.01354.85
GBP/USD$c = 2$ (MSE)0.04790.05140.05020.0089
$c = 1$0.29950.38040.37730.1983
$c = 0$ (QLIKE)35,926 41,06637,27936,204
Note: ‘†’ denotes the smallest value.
Table 8. Backtesting VaR Thresholds for One-Step-Ahead Forecasts.
Table 8. Backtesting VaR Thresholds for One-Step-Ahead Forecasts.
DataVaRGARCHFIEGARCHGIEGARCHGLMSV
5%1%5%1%5%1%5%1%
YEN/USDPV0.0360.0080.0340.0040.0360.0040.00400.010
UC0.65400.31680.97520.59890.50291.50340.07331.2558
[0.4187][0.5735][0.3234][0.4390][0.4782][0.2201][0.7866][0.2625]
IND1.73931.06948.17590.93472.17751.19995.28351.6877
[0.7836][0.8991][0.0853][0.9195][0.732][0.8781][0.2594][0.7930]
CC5.49793.352276.331 *2.06055.40583.70807.23751.6877
[0.3582][0.6459][0.0000][0.8407][0.3684][0.5922][0.2036][0.8905]
EUR/USDPV0.0360.0080.0580.0100.0540.0080.0440.018
UC0.65400.3168208660.34570.31740.00970.61772.0001
[0.4187][0.5735][0.1486][0.5566][0.5732][0.9214][0.4319][0.1573]
IND1.73931.06941.38951.76100.07260.23973.53910.9180
[0.7836][0.8991][0.8460][0.7796][0.9994][0.9934][0.4720][0.9220]
CC5.49793.35223.00811.76100.34240.16256.67692.8541
[0.3582][0.6459][0.6987][0.8811][0.9968][0.9995][0.2458][0.7225]
GBP/USDPV0.0680.0160.0480.0040.0500.0040.0520.012
UC2.78862.80640.0193041370.02812.03681.71002.3767
[0.0949][0.0939][0.8894][0.5201][0.8669][0.1535][0.1910][0.1232]
IND1..34851.795418.555 *0.84171.07821.27817.18942.7581
[0.8531][0.7733][0.0010][0.9328][0.8977][0.8651][0.1262][0.5991]
CC2.99974.007523.801 *1.78501.07824.69773.96073.8607
[0.7000][0.5483][0.0002][0.8780][0.9560][0.4539][3.9607][3.8607]
Note: PV denotes the percentage of violations, which is the percentage of days when returns are less than the VaR threshold. UC, IND, and CC are the generalized method of moments duration-based tests for unconditional coverage, independence and conditional coverage, developed by Candelon et al. (2011). The number of orthonormal polynomials is set to 5. p values are in brackets. ‘*’ denotes significance at 5% level.

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