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Analysis of Financial Time Series, Third Edition by RUEY S. TSAY

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Chapter 8

Multivariate Time Series Analysis and Its Applications

Economic globalization and Internet communication have accelerated the integration of world financial markets in recent years. Price movements in one market can spread easily and instantly to another market. For this reason, financial markets are more dependent on each other than ever before, and one must consider them jointly to better understand the dynamic structure of the global finance. One market may lead the other market under some circumstances, yet the relationship may be reversed under other circumstances. Consequently, knowing how the markets are interrelated is of great importance in finance. Similarly, for an investor or a financial institution holding multiple assets, the dynamic relationships between returns of the assets play an important role in decision making. In this and the next two chapters, we introduce econometric models and methods useful for studying jointly multiple return series. In the statistical literature, these models and methods belong to vector or multivariate time series analysis.

A multivariate time series consists of multiple single series referred to as components. As such, concepts of vector and matrix are useful in understanding multivariate time series analysis. We use boldface notation to indicate vectors and matrices. If necessary, readers may consult Appendix A of this chapter for some basic operations and properties of vectors and matrices. Appendix B provides some results ...

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