The 3rd East Asia Joint Seminar on Statistical Physics
How Volatilities Nonlocal in Time Control the Price Dynamics in Complex
SPEAKER | Bo Zheng
INSTITUTE | Zhejiang University
DATE | October 14(Wed), 2015
TIME | 11:00
PLACE | Rm 1503(Bldg#I,5th), Korea Institute for Advanced Study, South Korea
Keyword | statistical physics, econophysics, complex systems
ABSTRACT | We briefly review our progress in financial dynamics, and then focus on the recent results on
the volatility-return correlation. What is the dominating mechanism of the price dynamics in
financial systems is of great interest to scientists. The problem whether and how volatilities
affect the price movement draws much attention. Although many efforts have been made, it
remains challenging. The usual volatility-return correlation function, which is local in time,
typically fluctuates around zero. Here we construct dynamic observables nonlocal in time to
explore the volatility-return correlation, based on the empirical data of hundreds of individual
stocks and 25 stock market indices in different countries. Strikingly, the correlation is
discovered to be non-zero, with an amplitude of a few percent and a duration of over two weeks.
This result provides compelling evidence that past volatilities nonlocal in time affect future
returns. Further, we introduce an agent-based model with a novel mechanism, that is, the
asymmetric trading preference in volatile and stable markets, to understand the microscopic
origin of the volatility-return correlation nonlocal in time.
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