Essentials of Time Series for Financial Applications - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128134092, 9780128134108

Essentials of Time Series for Financial Applications

1st Edition

Authors: Massimo Guidolin Manuela Pedio
eBook ISBN: 9780128134108
Paperback ISBN: 9780128134092
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 31st May 2018
Page Count: 434
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Essentials of Time Series for Financial Applications serves as an agile reference for upper level students and practitioners who desire a formal, easy-to-follow introduction to the most important time series methods applied in financial applications (pricing, asset management, quant strategies, and risk management). Real-life data and examples developed with EViews illustrate the links between the formal apparatus and the applications. The examples either directly exploit the tools that EViews makes available or use programs that by employing EViews implement specific topics or techniques. The book balances a formal framework with as few proofs as possible against many examples that support its central ideas. Boxes are used throughout to remind readers of technical aspects and definitions and to present examples in a compact fashion, with full details (workout files) available in an on-line appendix. The more advanced chapters provide discussion sections that refer to more advanced textbooks or detailed proofs.

Key Features

  • Provides practical, hands-on examples in time-series econometrics
  • Presents a more application-oriented, less technical book on financial econometrics
  • Offers rigorous coverage, including technical aspects and references for the proofs, despite being an introduction
  • Features examples worked out in EViews (9 or higher)


MSc. students in Finance, Quantitative Methods (who specialize in finance), Mathematical Finance, and Engineering. Ph.D. students who need an introductory back-up to applied courses (such as Financial Econometrics graduate courses). Practitioners in derivative pricing, trading, and quantitative strategies. Asset managers, risk managers, and research analysts who focus on forecasting market quantities

Table of Contents

1. Review of Key Concepts and Methods in Econometrics: Regressions Analysis
2. Autoregressive-Moving Average (ARMA) Models and their Practical Applications.
3. Vector Autoregressive Moving Average (VARMA) Models
4. Unit Roots and Cointegration Methods
5. Univariate Single-Factor Stochastic Volatility Models: Autoregressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity(ARCH and GARCH)
6. Multivariate ARCH and GARCH and Dynamic Conditional Correlation Models
7. Multi-Factor Volatility Models: Stochastic Volatility
8. Models with Breaks, Recurrent Regime Switching, and Non-Linearities
9. Markov Switching Models
10. Realized Volatility and Covariance


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About the Author

Massimo Guidolin

Massimo Guidolin is a full professor in the Department of Finance at Bocconi University. He earned a Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego in 2000. He has worked at the University of Virginia as an assistant professor in financial economics, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis at first as a senior economist and then as an Assistant Vice-President (Financial Markets), and the Accounting and Finance department of Manchester Business School as a chaired full professor in Finance. His teaching has spanned corporate finance, asset pricing theory, empirical finance, derivative pricing, and of course, econometrics both the undergraduate and graduate (MSc. and doctoral) levels. He has published in top economics, econometrics, and finance outlets such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Review of Financial Studies, and Economic Journal. He serves on the editorial board of a number of journals, among them Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, International Journal of Forecasting , and Journal of Banking and Finance.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Manuela Pedio

Manuela Pedio is adjunct researcher associated with Bocconi’s Finance specialties and has experience as an analyst in derivatives sales and trading. She teaches courses in portfolio management and introductory statistics at Bocconi. Her research interests mainly concerns the role of regimes and statistical instability in asset pricing and portfolio choice. She has published articles and books on these topics with prime editorial companies in Europe.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bocconi University, Milano, Italy


"This is a marvel of a book that seamlessly blends rigorous treatment of classical and state-of-the-art topics from time-series analysis with insightful empirical examples from financial markets. The book is full of practical advice to novel practitioners as well as experts with more extensive experience from analyzing data from financial markets. The book deserves to find widespread use among Master of Finance and PhD students, and among seasoned economists who want to get updated on the most important techniques in empirical finance."  --Allan Timmermann, University of California, San Diego 

"Guidolin and Pedio’s textbook provides a masterful treatment of some of the key methods of financial econometrics. The exposition is remarkably clear and rigorous, and all the main concepts are illustrated by rich practical examples. I highly recommend this book to higher level students and practitioners."  --Laurent Calvet, EDHEC Business School

"With in-depth treatment of a wide variety of relevant topics, this book is a must-read for academics and practitioners working with quantitative methods in finance."  --Dick van Dijk, Erasmus University Rotterdam

"Guidolin and Pedio provide a comprehensive overview of time series econometrics starting from the basics and building to more advanced topics including structural breaks, regime switching, range-based and realized covariance estimation. The authors guide the reader from introductory methods to multivariate and nonlinear methods in a succinct and readable manner and, in so doing, provide an excellent resource for both teaching and practice."  --Tom McCurdy, University of Toronto

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