Historical volatility

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Historical volatility

Fluctuations estimated from a historical time series.
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Historical Volatility

A measure of a security's stability over a given period of time. While there are various ways to calculate it, the most common way is to compute the average deviation from the average price over the period of time one wishes to measure. The historical volatility is often compared to the implied volatility to determine if a security is overvalued or undervalued. Generally, securities with a higher historical volatility carry more risk. It is also called realized volatility or the standard deviation. See also: Volatility.
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While the historical volatility of an asset return is readily computed from observed asset returns and the implied volatility is computed from observed option price there may be inaccurate estimators of the volatility expected to prevail over a period of time.
[p.sub.t] is the day logarithm yield of the targeted asset, [bar.p] is the average yield, r([tau]) represents the risk-free interest rate, and [sigma]([tau]) denotes the historical volatility of the targeted asset.
They found that the implied volatility is a better estimator of future volatility than historical volatility, being efficient and less biased in relation to the previous studies, particularly in the period after the 1987 New York Stock Exchange crash.
(2) The data period was extended to September 30, 2005 for historical volatility calculations, including those in Table 2 and Fig.
The experimental-sets structures the option pricing model through ENFIS using various time horizon strategies and the comparative-sets structures the option pricing model by BSG with considering the historical volatility and implied volatility.
The historical volatility, calculated from actual prices, has moved around considerably more.
Attracted by the low historical volatility of the apartment market, a flood of riskaverse capital has flowed to the sector, driving down cap rates for acquisitions and new development.
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