Real-time monitoring for explosive financial bubbles

Astill, Sam, Harvey, David I., Leybourne, Stephen J., Sollis, Robert and Taylor, A.M. Robert (2018) Real-time monitoring for explosive financial bubbles. Journal of Time Series Analysis . ISSN 1467-9892

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We propose new methods for the real-time detection of explosive bubbles in financial time series. Most extant methods are constructed for a fixed sample of data and, as such, are only appropriate when applied as one-shot tests. Sequential application of these, declaring the presence of a bubble as soon as one of these statistics exceeds the one-shot critical value, would yield a detection procedure with an unknown false positive rate likely to be far in excess of the nominal level. Our approach sequentially applies the one-shot tests of Astill et al. (2017), comparing sub-sample statistics calculated in real time during the monitoring period with corresponding sub-sample statistics obtained from a prior training period. We propose two procedures: one based on comparing the real time monitoring period statistics with the maximum statistic over the training period, and another which compares the number of consecutive exceedances of a threshold value in the monitoring and training periods, the threshold value obtained from the training period. Both allow the practitioner to determine the false positive rate for any given monitoring horizon, or to ensure this rate does not exceed a specified level by setting a maximum monitoring horizon. Monte Carlo simulations suggest that the finite sample false positive rates lie close to their theoretical counterparts, even in the presence of time-varying volatility and serial correlation in the shocks. The procedures are shown to perform well in the presence of a bubble in the monitoring period, offering the possibility of rapid detection of an emerging bubble in a real time setting. An empirical application to monthly stock market index data is considered.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Astill, Sam, Harvey, David I. Leybourne, Stephen J. Sollis, Robert Taylor, A. M. Real-Time Monitoring for Explosive Financial Bubbles. Journal of Time Series Analysis which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Keywords: Rational bubble; Explosive autoregression; Real-time monitoring procedure; Subsampling
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2018 10:19
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:37

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