[R-SIG-Finance] DCC-GARCH model and AR(1)-GARCH(1, 1) regression model

Marcin P?�ciennik pucek8 at gmail.com
Tue May 24 12:53:34 CEST 2011

I sent this message a couple of times to r-help group but unfortunately did
not get any response that would be helpful...

I have a rather complex problem... I will have to explain everything in
detail because I cannot solve it by myself...i just ran out of ideas. So
here is what I want to do:
I take quotes of two indices - S&P500 and DJ. And my first aim is to
estimate coefficients of the DCC-GARCH model for them. This is how I do it:

p1 = get.hist.quote(instrument = "^gspc",start = "2005-01-07",end =
"2009-09-04",compression = "w", quote="AdjClose")
p2 = get.hist.quote(instrument = "^dji",start = "2005-01-07",end =
"2009-09-04",compression = "w", quote="AdjClose")
p = cbind(p1,p2)
y = diff(log(p))*100
y[,1] = y[,1]-mean(y[,1])
y[,2] = y[,2]-mean(y[,2])
T = length(y[,1])


f1 = garchFit(~ garch(1,1), data=y[,1],include.mean=FALSE)
f1 = f1 at fit$coef
f2 = garchFit(~ garch(1,1), data=y[,2],include.mean=FALSE)
f2 = f2 at fit$coef

a = c(f1[1], f2[1])
A = diag(c(f1[2],f2[2]))
B = diag(c(f1[3], f2[3]))
dccpara = c(0.2,0.6)
dccresults = dcc.estimation(inia=a, iniA=A, iniB=B, ini.dcc=dccpara,dvar=y,

DCCrho = dccresults$DCC[,2]
matplot(DCCrho, type='l')

dccresults$out deliver me the estimated coefficients of the DCC-GARCH model.
And here is my first question:
How can I check if these coefficients are significant or not? How can I test
them for significance?

and the second one:
What is actually dccpara and why do I get totally different DCC-alpha and
DCC-beta coefficients if I change dccpara from c(0.2,0.6) to, let's say,
c(0.01, 0.98) ? What determines which values should be chosen?

Ok. This would be it when it comes to DCC-GARCH.

Now, using conditional correlation obtained from the DCC-GARCH model, I want
to test for structural shifts in conditional correlations. To be precise, I
want to test whether the conditional correlations significantly increase in
the turmoil period / during the Subprime crisis.
The regression model is AR(1)-GARCH(1,1), using a dummy variable specified

*** the equations, you can find in the attachment ***

where the first equation is the conditional correlation among the two
indices during the Subprime crisis, Dt is a dummy variable for the turmoil
period, and the second equation (hij,t) is the conditional variance of eij,t

The aim is, of course, to find the estimates of the regression model on
structural shifts in the conditional correlations obtained in the DCC-GARCH

I found an information that there is no function for AR(1)-GARCH(1,1)
regression model. That's why it has to be done in two steps:
1) estimate the AR parameters
2) estimate the GARCH part of the model on the residuals from the AR model

And this would be my rather poor idea of how to do it...

step1 = arma(DCCrho, order = c(1,0), include.intercept = TRUE)
step11 = na.remove(step1$res)
step2 = garch (step11, order = c(1,1), include.intercept = TRUE)

To be honest I have no clue how to do it. I don't even now why do I get a
missing value as a result of step1 (step1$res[1]) and how to account for it?
Above, I just removed it but then I have a smaller number of
observations...and this is probably wrong.
And then these GARCH estimates on the residuals...does the code for that
make sense at all?

Hopefully, someone will find time to give me a hand because I have to solve
the problem and I reached the point where I cannot move forward without
someone's help. There is not much information on how to apply DCC-GARCH
model and AR(1)-GARCH(1,1) regression model in the Internet. Hopefully, some
of you are familiar with it.

Thank you very much in advance, people of good will, for looking at what I
wrote and helping me.

Best regards
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