Fractals in trade duration: Capturing long-range dependence and heavy tailedness in modeling trade duration

Wei Sun, Svetlozar Rachev, Frank J. Fabozzi, Petko S. Kalev

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Several studies that have investigated a few stocks have found that the spacing between consecutive financial transactions (referred to as trade duration) tend to exhibit long-range dependence, heavy tailedness, and clustering. In this study, we empirically investigate whether a larger sample of stocks exhibit those characteristics. We do so by comparing goodness of fit in modeling trade duration data for stable distribution and fractional stable noise based on a procedure applying bootstrap methods developed by the authors with several alternative distributional assumptions in modeling trade duration data. The empirical results suggest that the autoregressive conditional duration model with stable distribution fits better than other combinations, while fractional stable noise itself fits better for the time series of trade duration. Our result is consistent with the general findings in the literature that trade duration is informative and that short trade durations move prices more than long trade duration. In addition, our result confirms the advantage of fractal models in the study of roughness in trade duration and provides some evidence for duration dependence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-241
Number of pages25
JournalAnnals of Finance
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Fractal processes
  • Point processes
  • Self-Similarity
  • Stable distribution
  • Trade duration


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