Sequential Learning of Cryptocurrency Volatility Dynamics: Evidence Based on a Stochastic Volatility Model with Jumps in Returns and Volatility

Jing Zhi Huang, Zhijian James Huang, Li Xu

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Abstract

This paper studies the dynamics of cryptocurrency volatility using a stochastic volatility model with simultaneous and correlated jumps in returns and volatility. We estimate the model using an efficient sequential learning algorithm that allows for learning about multiple unknown model parameters simultaneously, with daily data on four popular cryptocurrencies. We find that these cryptocurrencies have quite different volatility dynamics. In particular, they exhibit different return-volatility relationships: While Ethereum and Litecoin show a negative relationship, Chainlink displays a positive one and interestingly, Bitcoin's one changes from negative to positive in June 2016. We also provide evidence that the sequential learning algorithm helps better detect large jumps in the cryptocurrency market in real time. Overall, incorporating volatility jumps helps better capture the dynamic behavior of highly volatile cryptocurrencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2150010
JournalQuarterly Journal of Finance
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management

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