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Ahmed, Naeem (2015): Modeling the dynamics of large conditional heteroskedastic covariance matrices. Dissertation, LMU München: Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics



Many economic and financial time series exhibit time-varying volatility. GARCH models are tools for forecasting and analyzing the dynamics of this volatility. The co-movements in financial markets and financial assets around the globe have recently become the main area of interest of financial econometricians; hence, multivariate GARCH models have been introduced in order to capture these co-movements. A large variety of multivariate GARCH models exists in the financial world, and each of these models has its advantages and limitations. An important goal in constructing multivariate GARCH models is to make them parsimonious enough without compromising their adequacy in real-world applications. Another aspect is to ensure that the conditional covariance matrix is a positive-definite one. Motivated by the idea that volatility in financial markets is driven by a few latent variables, a new parameterization in multivariate context is proposed in this thesis. The factors in our proposed model are obtained through a recursive use of the singular value decomposition (SVD). This recursion enables us to sequentially extract the volatility clustering from the data set; accordingly, our model is called Sequential Volatility Extraction (SVX model in short). Logarithmically transformed singular values and the components of their corresponding singular vectors were modeled using the ARMA approach. We can say that in terms of basic idea and modeling approach our model resembles a stochastic volatility model. Empirical analysis and the comparison with the already existing multivariate GARCH models show that our proposed model is parsimonious because it requires lower number of parameters to estimate when compared to the two alternative models (i.e., DCC and GOGARCH). At the same time, the resulting covariance matrices from our model are positive-(semi)-definite. Hence, we can argue that our model fulfills the basic requirements of a multivariate GARCH model. Based on the findings, it can be concluded that SVX model can be applied to financial data of dimensions ranging from low to high.