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Posted: 2020-06-04 13:03
Ok a few pointers:
1. garch is good for daily mainly, frameworks that do well in intraday vol clustering and seasonality not sure. However there is strong autocorrelation of squared returns, so garch effects do exist, but its not that simple.
2. look at realized volatility measures (minimum 5 min aggregation) and see if it can help
3. seasonality is not like a feature that is going to help as pointed out by EL, the U shaped durations and volume is clear but I would maybe focus on dummy variables that activate around certain spillover events open and close, news, etc. Anyting scheduled can go in the vol forecast or in a dummy that triggers some behaviour or an indicator variable.
4. you do need to forecast volatility, if you are good at it you can have significant changes in your sharpe/sortino/calmar. Having a risk scaling measure is essential to make your pnl volatility as constant as possible.
5. it's not easy I am kind of struggling with it too

A lot of pointers here and you have material to dig further.

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Posted: 2020-06-16 18:22
Just finished reading half of marcos lopez's book advances in financial machine learning.
It is an exceptional book which covered most of my doubts about applying machine learning to stock data.

I have been skeptical of machine learning methods mainly due to advise by seniors and others that they overfit and that if i think logically i myself will discover exploitable patterns.

I am now thinking of starting to apply simple algos like CART or randomForests on intraday data.
Any Inputs ??


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Posted: 2020-06-19 23:20
The more I learn about the machine learning literature the more I think it is a rewrite of what quants have been doing for the last 20 years.

Only exception is deep learning, but I see it difficult to port into our applications, still very interesting... Fascinating almost

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Posted: 2020-09-28 03:09
@ahgt_123 Not too sure but i think a version of modelling intraday volatility is used in HFT market making.


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Posted: 2020-10-05 11:42
Cant think of a use case other than adjusting quoted bid - ask spread with respect to time of day.

Can anyone elaborate?


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Posted: 2020-10-05 16:33
Low frequency (intraday, ~1 min - 1 hour) momentum triggers?

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If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? (c)


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Posted: 2020-10-07 08:24

Yes, for example you can use the intraday seasonality in volatility (It's also present in covariances) to adjust the hedging of shortlived trades.

Here is a plot from my master's thesis showing the evolution of the optimal hedging ratio during a typical trading day.

This shows the optimal hedge ratio when hedging Visa with SPY

I also used another version of the plot. Here, the series is deflated such that the middle of the day is 1. You can get a better feeling for how big the changes in the optimal hedge ratios are.

If you are interested in spot estimation of covariance matrices, you could have a look at
Bibinger et. al (2017): Estimating the Spot Covariation of Asset Prices—Statistical Theory and Empirical Evidence

It's a fascinating paper.

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