Mixture Hidden Markov Models in Finance Research [chapter]

José G. Dias, Jeroen K. Vermunt, Sofia Ramos
2009 Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization  
Finite mixture models have proven to be a powerful framework whenever unobserved heterogeneity cannot be ignored. We introduce in finance research the Mixture Hidden Markov Model (MHMM) that takes into account time and space heterogeneity simultaneously. This approach is flexible in the sense that it can deal with the specific features of financial time series data, such as asymmetry, kurtosis, and unobserved heterogeneity. This methodology is applied to model simultaneously 12 time series of
more » ... 12 time series of Asian stock markets indexes. Because we selected a heterogeneous sample of countries including both developed and emerging countries, we expect that heterogeneity in market returns due to country idiosyncrasies will show up in the results. The best fitting model was the one with two clusters at country level with different dynamics between the two regimes.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-01044-6_41 fatcat:qvt2gjk3rzd3fg5vehhjaz62dy