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Google Summer of Code 2013 R Project for statistical Computing

Addressing IID Assumptions in Finance: Autocorrelation and Drawdowns in Performance Analysis

by Shubhankit Mohan for R Project for statistical Computing

The fact that financial data is not independent and identically distributed (IID) exhibiting extraordinary levels of autocorrelation is a well-known and an accepted fact. The effect of this autocorrelation on investment returns diminishes the apparent risk of such asset classes as the true returns/risk is easily camouflaged within a haze of illiquidity, stale prices, averaged price quotes and smoothed return reporting. Such discrepancies lead to misleading performance statistics such as volatility, Sharpe ratio, correlation,market-beta and other investment indicators based on the Assumptions of Normality/IID of data.Our aim is to develop the different approaches for addressing autocorrelation observed in financial data that have recently been discussed in research journals and include the functions in PerformanceAnalytics, an R package that provides a collection of econometric functions for performance and risk analysis.