AN INTRODUCTION TO ECONOPHYSICS CORRELATIONS AND COMPLEXITY IN FINANCE PDF

Stock markets are characterised by bursts of price volatility. Price changes are less volatile in bull markets and more volatile in bear markets. Price change correlations are stronger with higher volatility, and their auto-correlations die out quickly. Almost all real data have more extreme events than suspected. Volatility correlations decay slowly.

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Stock markets are characterised by bursts of price volatility. Price changes are less volatile in bull markets and more volatile in bear markets. Price change correlations are stronger with higher volatility, and their auto-correlations die out quickly. Almost all real data have more extreme events than suspected.

Volatility correlations decay slowly. Trading volumes have memory the same way that volatilities do. Past price changes are negatively correlated with future volatilities. Research objectives[ edit ] Statistical finance is focused on three areas: Empirical studies focused on the discovery of interesting statistical features of financial time-series data aimed at extending and consolidating the known stylized facts.

The use of these discoveries to build and implement models that better price derivatives and anticipate stock price movement with an emphasis on non-Gaussian methods and models. The study of collective and emergent behaviour in simulated and real markets to uncover the mechanisms responsible for the observed stylized facts with an emphasis on agent-based models.

Financial econometrics also has a focus on the first two of these three areas. However, there is almost no overlap or interaction between the community of statistical finance researchers who typically publish in physics journals and the community of financial econometrics researchers who typically publish in economics journals.

Behavioral finance and statistical finance[ edit ] Behavioural finance attempts to explain price anomalies in terms of the biased behaviour of individuals, mostly concerned with the agents themselves and to a lesser degree aggregation of agent behaviour.

Statistical finance is concerned with emergent properties arising from systems with many interacting agents and as such attempts to explain price anomalies in terms of the collective behaviour. Emergent properties are largely independent of the uniqueness of individual agents because they are dependent on the nature of the interactions of the agents rather than the agents themselves.

This approach has drawn strongly on ideas arising from complex systems , phase transitions , criticality , self-organized criticality , non-extensivity see Tsallis entropy , q-Gaussian models, and agents based models see agent based model ; as these are known to be able to recover some of phenomenology of financial market data, the stylized facts , in particular the long-range memory and scaling due to long-range interactions. Criticism[ edit ] Within the subject the description of financial markets blindly in terms of models of statistical physics has been argued as flawed because it has transpired these do not fully correspond to what we now know about real finance markets.

First, traders create largely noise, not long range correlations among themselves, except when they all buy or all sell, such as during a popular IPO or during a crash. Even if the notion of a thermodynamics equilibrium is considered not at the level of the agents but in terms of collections of instruments stable configurations are not observed.

Although Complex systems have never been defined in a broad sense financial markets do satisfy reasonable criterion of being considered complex adaptive systems. From outside the subject the approach has been considered by many as a dangerous view of finance which has drawn criticism from some heterodox economists because of: [4] "A lack of awareness of work which has been done within economics itself.

Some of the key data claims have been questioned in terms of methods of data analysis. There is much lacking in this approach to finance yet it would appear that the canonical approach to finance based optimization of individual behaviour given information and preferences with assumptions to allow aggregation in equilibrium are even more problematic. It has been suggested that what is required is a change in mindset within finance and economics that moves the field towards methods of natural science.

Here local principles can be uncovered by local experiments but meaningful global experiments are difficult to envision as feasible without reproducing the system being observed. The required science becomes that based largely on pluralism see scientific pluralism the view that some phenomena observed in science require multiple explanations to account for their nature , as in most sciences that deal with complexity, rather than a singled unified mathematical framework that is to be verified by experiment.

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