Non-stationarity in financial time series: Generic features and tail behavior
Faculty of Physics, University of Duisburg-Essen - Lotharstrasse 1, 47048 Duisburg, Germany, EU
Received: 20 June 2013
Accepted: 6 September 2013
Financial markets are prominent examples for highly non-stationary systems. Sample averaged observables such as variances and correlation coefficients strongly depend on the time window in which they are evaluated. This implies severe limitations for approaches in the spirit of standard equilibrium statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Nevertheless, we show that there are similar generic features which we uncover in the empirical multivariate return distributions for whole markets. We explain our findings by setting up a random matrix model.
PACS: 89.65.Gh – Economics; econophysics, financial markets, business and management / 89.75.-k – Complex systems / 05.45.-a – Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
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