Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

A Comprehensive Look at Financial Volatility Prediction by Economic Variables

Christiansen, Charlotte
Schrimpf, Andreas
Volume: 27
Number: 6
Pages: 956 - 977
Month: September-October
ISSN-Print: 0883-7252
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2012

We investigate whether return volatility is predictable by macroeconomic and financial variables to shed light on the economic drivers of financial volatility. Our approach is distinct owing to its comprehensiveness: First, we employ a data‐rich forecast methodology to handle a large set of potential predictors in a Bayesian model‐averaging approach and, second, we take a look at multiple asset classes (equities, foreign exchange, bonds and commodities) over long time spans. We find that proxies for credit risk and funding liquidity consistently show up as common predictors of volatility across asset classes. Variables capturing time‐varying risk premia also perform well as predictors of volatility. While forecasts by macro‐finance augmented models also achieve forecasting gains out‐of‐sample relative to autoregressive benchmarks, the performance varies across asset classes and over time.