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This example shows how to specify and fit GARCH, EGARCH, and GJR models to data using the Econometric Modeler app. Then, the example determines the model that fits to the data the best by comparing fit statistics. The data set, which is stored in `Data_FXRates.mat`

, contains foreign exchange rates measured daily from 1979–1998.

Consider creating a predictive model for the Swiss franc to US dollar exchange rate (`CHF`

).

At the command line, load the `Data_FXRates.mat`

data set.

`load Data_FXRates`

Convert the table `DataTable`

to a timetable:

Clear the row names of

`DataTable`

.Convert the sampling times to a

`datetime`

vector.Convert the table to a timetable by associating the rows with the sampling times in

`dates`

.

DataTable.Properties.RowNames = {}; dates = datetime(dates,'ConvertFrom','datenum',... 'Format','ddMMMyyyy','Locale','en_US'); DataTable = table2timetable(DataTable,'RowTimes',dates);

At the command line, open the **Econometric Modeler** app.

econometricModeler

Alternatively, open the app from the apps gallery (see **Econometric
Modeler**).

Import `DataTable`

into the app:

On the

**Econometric Modeler**tab, in the**Import**section, click .In the

**Import Data**dialog box, in the**Import?**column, select the check box for the`DataTable`

variable.Click

**Import**.

All time series variables in `DataTable`

appear in the **Data Browser**, and a time series plot of all the series appears in the **Time Series Plot(AUD)** figure window.

Plot the Swiss franc exchange rates by double-clicking the `CHF`

time series in the **Data Browser**.

Highlight periods of recession:

In the

**Time Series Plot(CHF)**figure window, right-click the plot.In the context menu, select

**Show Recessions**.

The `CHF`

series appears to have a stochastic trend.

Stabilize the Swiss franc exchange rates by applying the first difference to `CHF`

.

In the

**Data Browser**, select`CHF`

.On the

**Econometric Modeler**tab, in the**Transforms**section, click**Difference**.Highlight periods of recession:

In the

**Time Series Plot(CHFDiff)**figure window, right-click the plot.In the context menu, select

**Show Recessions**.

A variable named

`CHFDiff`

, representing the differenced series, appears in the**Data Browser**, and its time series plot appears in the**Time Series Plot(CHFDiff)**figure window.

The series appears to be stable, but it exhibits volatility clustering.

Test the stable Swiss franc exchange rate series for conditional heteroscedasticity by conducting Engle's ARCH test. Run the test assuming an ARCH(1) alternative model, then run the test again assuming an ARCH(2) alternative model. Maintain an overall significance level of 0.05 by decreasing the significance level of each test to 0.05/2 = 0.025.

In the

**Data Browser**, select`CHFDiff`

.On the

**Econometric Modeler**tab, in the**Tests**section, click**New Test**>**Engle's ARCH Test**.On the

**ARCH**tab, in the**Parameters**section, set**Number of Lags**of`1`

.Set

**Significance Level**to`0.025`

.In the

**Tests**section, click**Run Test**.Repeat steps 3 through 5, but set

**Number of Lags**to`2`

instead.

The test results appear in the **Results** table of the **ARCH(CHFDiff)** document.

The tests reject the null hypothesis of no ARCH effects against the alternative models. This result suggests specifying a conditional variance model for `CHFDiff`

containing at least two ARCH lags. Conditional variance models with two ARCH lags are locally equivalent to models with one ARCH and one GARCH lag. Consider GARCH(1,1), EGARCH(1,1), and GJR(1,1) models for `CHFDiff`

.

Specify a GARCH(1,1) model and fit it to the `CHFDiff`

series.

In the

**Data Browser**, select the`CHFDiff`

time series.Click the

**Econometric Modeler**tab. Then, in the**Models**section, click the arrow to display the models gallery.In the models gallery, in the

**GARCH Models**section, click**GARCH**.In the

**GARCH Model Parameters**dialog box, on the**Lag Order**tab:Set

**GARCH Degree**to`1`

.Set

**ARCH Degree**to`1`

.Click

**Estimate**.

The model variable **GARCH_CHFDiff** appears in the **Models** section of the **Data Browser**, and its estimation summary appears in the **Model Summary(GARCH_CHFDiff)** document.

Specify an EGARCH(1,1) model containing a leverage term at the first lag, and fit the model to the `CHFDiff`

series.

In the

**Data Browser**, select the`CHFDiff`

time series.On the

**Econometric Modeler**tab, in the**Models**section, click the arrow to display the models gallery.In the models gallery, in the

**GARCH Models**section, click**EGARCH**.In the

**EGARCH Model Parameters**dialog box, on the**Lag Order**tab:Set

**GARCH Degree**to`1`

.Set

**ARCH Degree**to`1`

. Consequently, the app includes a corresponding leverage lag. You can remove or adjust leverage lags on the**Lag Vector**tab.

Click

**Estimate**.

The model variable **EGARCH_CHFDiff** appears in the **Models** section of the **Data Browser**, and its estimation summary appears in the **Model Summary(EGARCH_CHFDiff)** document.

Specify a GJR(1,1) model containing a leverage term at the first lag, and fit the model to the `CHFDiff`

series.

In the

**Data Browser**, select the`CHFDiff`

time series.On the

**Econometric Modeler**tab, in the**Models**section, click the arrow to display the models gallery.In the models gallery, in the

**GARCH Models**section, click**GJR**.In the

**GJR Model Parameters**dialog box, on the**Lag Order**tab:Set

**GARCH Degree**to`1`

.Set

**ARCH Degree**to`1`

. Consequently, the app includes a corresponding leverage lag. You can remove or adjust leverage lags on the**Lag Vector**tab.Click

**Estimate**.

The model variable **GJR_CHFDiff** appears in the **Models** section of the **Data Browser**, and its estimation summary appears in the **Model Summary(GJR_CHFDiff)** document.

Choose the model with the best parsimonious in-sample fit. Base your decision on the model yielding the minimal Bayesian information criterion (BIC). The table shows the BIC fit statistics of the estimated models, as given in the **Goodness of Fit** section of the estimation summary of each model.

Model | BIC |
---|---|

GARCH(1,1) | -28707 |

EGARCH(1,1) | -28700 |

GJR(1,1) | -28711 |

The GJR(1,1) model yields the minimal BIC value. Therefore, it has the best parsimonious in-sample fit of all the estimated models.