Research Article: 2017 Vol: 21 Issue: 3
Ram Raj G, Christ University
Hemanth S Angadi, Christ University
PGARCH, Leverage Effect, Gold Price, Conditional Volatility, ADF Test.
Since ancient times, gold was accepted as a universal means of the exchange (Tripathi, Parashar, & Singh, 2014). It is considered as a safe investment and used in large quantities during festivals and ceremonies in India. Gold has been a sizeable component of the portfolios of Indian households. The gold price seems to have an upward trend throughout, even during the recession and people use gold as a status symbol (Bhunia & Das, 2012). The price changes in gold affect almost every investor in India. Hence analysing the volatility of gold gained importance in the recent years (Tully & Lucey, 2007).
The volatility of an asset is quantified through the estimation of conditional variance (Engle, 1982). Estimating and forecasting volatility is an essential task in portfolio management, equity and derivative instrument pricing and risk management (Kalu, 2010). Empirical evidence documents various features of the volatility in asset returns. The volatility estimates in the past had found features like, volatility clustering, fat tail distribution and asymmetry or leverage effects (Miron & Tudor, 2010). Volatility clustering is observed, when large asset price changes are followed by large changes in asset prices and small asset price changes are followed by small asset price changes of either sign. Asymmetry is a situation where a negative innovation leads to an increased next period volatility than a positive innovation (Engle & Patton, 2001). The asymmetric effect is otherwise known as leverage effect because volatility responds to positive and negative innovations differently.
The remainder of the paper consists of an overview of conditional heteroskedasticity models followed by a review of literature and research methodology. The discussion on the results and conclusion are presented at the end of the paper.
Auto Regressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity (ARCH) model was developed by Engle (1982) and extended by Bollerslev (1986) and Nelson (1991). ARCH model was an important improvement over the rolling standard deviation, which was used as a measure of volatility in those days (Engle, 2001).
GARCH (Generalized Autoregressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity) Model
Bollerslev (1986) generalized ARCH model developed by Engle (1982). He defined conditional variance as an Autoregressive Moving Average (ARMA) process. GARCH process introduces the lagged conditional variance as a regressor (Bollerslev, 1986).This generalization enabled the model to produce better results with few lags. The general specification of GARCH (1,1) model is given in equation (1).
Where is the variance for the time period t. α_{i} and β_{j} are coefficients. ε_{ti} is the lagged residual from the mean equation and is the lagged variance from the period t_{j}. Variance is always a positive number. In order to satisfy this constraint, α_{i}>0 and β_{j}>0 was also specified. The GARCH (1,1) model has three components, the constant , the news about volatility from the previous period (ARCH term and the last period’s forecasted variance (GARCH term An ordinary ARCH model is a special case of a GARCH specification where no lagged variances are included in the equation (Tripathi & Seth, 2016).
Threshold GARCH (TGARCH) Model
TGARCH model estimates the variance as a function of a constant, lagged residual term and lagged forecast variance. Symmetrical models like GARCH and ARCH assume that the lagged positive and negative residuals (innovations) have the same impact on the variance. But it was observed in the past that bad news has larger impact on volatility compared to a good news (Ding, Granger, & Engle, 1993). Asymmetrical models estimate an asymmetric or leverage coefficient (γ_{i}), which can test the presence of an asymmetric effect. The general form of TGARCH model is given in equation (2) (Glosten, Jagannathan, & Runkle, 1993).
Where In TGARCH model (2) positive shocks and negative shocks have differential effects on the variance. The impact of good news is measured by the coefficient and the impact of bad news is given by the sum of coefficients then it indicates the presence of leverage effect which means negative shocks to the price of an asset leads to a higher next period volatility.
Power GARCH (PGARCH) Model
Conditional varinace is assumed as a linear function of lagged squarred residuals in GARCH model (Ding, Granger, & Engle, 1993). But in the literature, high autocorrelation was found for power transformed absolute returns than the actual returns (Nelson,1991). Hence, models based on power transformed residuals must perform better than GARCH models.
Ding, Granger and Engle (1993) suggested a new class of model called Power ARCH. This model allowed the coefficients to be either positive or negative and estimates the power transformation term (δ) in the equation. Traditionally data transformation involved the use of the squared term. However when the data is not normally distributed or when it is not otherwise possible to characterize the distribution by the mean and variance, the use of a squared power transformation is not appropriate (Ding, Granger, & Engle, 1993). Other power transformations are required to use higher moments to describe the distribution adequately. The general form of PGARCH model is presented in equation (3).
Where is the variance for the time period t, is the unconditional variance or the constant, is the lagged residuals from the mean equation and is the lagged forecasted variance. When PGARCH would become GARCH model (Tully & Lucey, 2007).
Christie, Chaudhry & Koch (2000) analyzed the impact of macroeconomic announcements on the intraday data of gold and silver prices in the US for the period 19921995. Linear Regression was used to analyse the impact of the news announcements. The asset price variance was found to be very high in the news announcement days than the nonannouncement days. Gold and silver prices were actively responding to the CPI, unemployment rate and GDP announcements. Worthington & Pahlavani (2006) emphasized the stable relationship between gold price and inflation rate and they insisted that gold be an appropriate hedge against inflation in the US. Tully & Lucey (2007) found that APGARCH model was a good fit for examining the conditional volatility of gold prices in the UK. They used likelihood ratios to test the goodness of fit. They also analysed the impact of macroeconomic variables on the conditional volatility of gold price in the UK. Among the macroeconomic variables studied, only US dollar was found to have a significant impact on the gold price.
Singh & Singh (2010) examined the linkages of stock markets of India and China with the United states stock market. Using Granger causality, they found Unidirectional causality from US markets to Indian stock market and suggested that short term diversifications are limited beteween Indian stock market and the US stock market.
Toraman, Başarır & Bayramoğlu (2011) modeled the conditional variance of US gold price using MGARCH model for the period of 19922010. They found evidence for an inverse relationship between US exchange rate and US gold price and significant positive relationship between gold and oil prices. They also suggested that gold may be used as a hedge against US dollar. Mishra (2014) felt that gold is one of the best investment choices and the best alternative for US dollar. Gencer & Musoglu (2014) applied GARCH model to the gold price in Turkey and found that past volatility of stock market returns influences the current volatility of gold price. Singh & Kaur (2015) anaysed the stock market linkages and volatility spill overs using Trivariate Vector autoregression and TGARCH (1,1) during period of 2007 to 2009. They found unidirectional causality from US market to Indian market. They also found a unidirectional volatility spillover from the US market to Indian market.
The amount of literature in the field of volatility modeling of gold price is limited. Most of the literature on gold price were on the causal relationship of gold price either on the stock market returns or on the macroeconomic variables. There are very few studies in the past which focused on the estimation of conditional volatility of gold price. As gold occupies an imporatnt place in almost every Indian’s portfolio, it is imperative to estimate the conditional variance of the gold price in India. There were no studies in the literature which estimated the conditional volatility of gold price in India. This study attempts to model the conditional volatility of gold price in six major cities in India using PGARCH moel. Gold price in India varies significantly between cities. This is due to the factors like, transportation cost, state taxes. Hence, the gold price observed on a particular day is usually be different between cities in India. Major cities where gold is consumed in huge quantity were chosen for this study. The cities chosen for the study were Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mubai.
Studies in the literature also suggests that US stock market return influences the stock return and volatility of Indian stock market. An attempt was made in this study to test, whether the same phenomenon is found in gold market in India as well. Hence this study analyzes the impact of US gold price on the volatility of gold prices in the selected Indian cities.
1. Examine the presence of volatility clustering and asymmetric effect feature in gold price volatility in India.
2. Investigate the impact of US gold price return on gold price volatility in India.
This study is entirely based on secondary data. The daily US gold price data were acquired from the database of World Gold Council and the daily gold price in Indian cities were collected from website www.goldratecity.com. The price of gold in the United States was collected in US Dollar per troy ounce. This rate was then converted into price per gram and was expressed in US Dollar. The sample period for the study was from 1, January 2011 to 31, August 2017 (1,686 daily observations). To study the gold price volatility in India, six major cities were chosen. The cities chosen for the study are Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. The daily gold price of chosen cities in India was expressed in Indian rupees.
The return on the gold price was calculated as the logged differences as mentioned in equation (4).
Where R_{t} is the daily return of gold price at time t. P_{t} denotes the price of gold per gram at time period t and P_{t1} denotes the price of gold per gram in the selected city at time period t1. “Eviews 9.5” statistical software package was used for performing the econometric analysis. For analysing the data, descriptive statistics, Augmented DickeyFuller Test, LM ARCH test and PGARCH model were used.
Descriptive Statistics
The descriptive statistics for the gold price for the selected cities in India (in INR) along with US gold price (in USD) are presented in Table 1.
Table 1: Gold Price (Per Gram) (From January 2011 To August 2017)  
Bengaluru  Chennai  Delhi  Hyderabad  Kolkata  Mumbai  US (in $) 


MEAN  2636.872  2643.657  2639.375  2648.250  2640.253  2629.983  44.23502 
MEDIAN  2675.500  2680.000  2674.000  2686.000  2676.000  2668.000  41.96476 
MAX  3215.000  3205.000  3096.000  3125.000  3126.000  3177.000  60.92566 
MIN  1833.000  1833.000  1833.000  1833.000  1833.000  1833.000  33.73899 
STD. DEV  252.6705  254.0999  250.5639  256.6231  251.1132  250.6711  6.546049 
SKEWNESS  1.157965  1.170757  1.198153  1.219037  1.205242  1.13512  0.602659 
KURTOSIS  4.271804  4.445593  4.480392  4.439743  4.48474  4.372698  2.102491 
JARQUEBERA (Prob)  575.9340 (0.0000)  614.6290 (0.0000)  651.2364 (0.0000)  629.0054 (0.0000)  654.5494 (0.0000)  567.1600 (0.0000)  158.9288 (0.0000) 
Source: Author?s calculation.
Table1 shows the summary of statistics of the gold prices in the selected Indian cities and in the United States. The mean value of the gold price of all the six cities of India is around Rs. 2640/g. The maximum gold price during the study period was Rs. 3215/g observed in Bengaluru. Highest gold price observed in the US was $ 60.925/per gram. Among the Indian cities, Hyderabad had the largest standard deviation and Mumbai had the smallest standard deviation. The skewness for the Indian cities was all negative and for the US it was positive. As far as the kurtosis is concerned, for Indian cities, it was found to be around 4 and for the US it was around 2. The Jarque Bera test statistic for all the Indian cities and the US were significant at 5 percent level, indicating the fact that the gold price was not normally distributed.
Results of Augmented DickeyFuller Unit Root Test
Augmented DickeyFuller (ADF) Unit Root test was applied to the gold price returns of the chosen cities in India and of the US. This test was applied to examine the stationarity of the data. This test was necessary as nonstationary data will lead to incorrect conclusion (Dickey & Fuller, 1979). The null hypothesis of ADF unit root test is that the time series is nonstationary or it has a unit root. The observed tstatistics and the probability values of ADF unit root test are presented in table 2.
Table 2: AdfUnit Root Test (At Level) Gold Price Return  
Cities/US Gold price  tStatistic  Prob. 

BENGALURU  52.51171  0.0001 
CHENNAI  51.52014  0.0001 
DELHI  37.75255  0.0000 
HYDERABAD  53.92193  0.0001 
KOLKATA  37.34143  0.0000 
MUMBAI  37.78904  0.0000 
US  41.81144  0.0000 
Source: Authors’ calculation
The null hypothesis of nonstationarity was rejected for all the data series as all the calculated p values were less than 0.05, indicating the fact that the entire gold price returns data both in India and in the US were all stationary at level.
Estimation of Gold Price Volatility
PGARCH model was applied to the gold price returns of chosen cities in India to estimate the conditional variance. The presence of asymmetric effect and volatility clustering was also investigated. In order to test the impact of US gold price influence on the volatility, US gold price returns were introduced as a regressor in PGARCH equation for each of the cities. The model used in this study is shown in equation (5)
Where is the lagged residual from the mean equation, is the lagged forecasted variance and is the coefficient measuring the impact of US gold price return on the volatility of gold prices in India.
GARCH family of conditional volatility models require appropriate mean equation specification (Bhattacharya, Sarkar, & Mukhopadhyay, 2003). Hence, the mean equation was estimated in an autoregressive form as given in equation (6).
Where, is the constant, is the lagged returns and is the residual. PGARCH coefficient estimates and their respective probability values are presented in Table 3.
Table 3: PGARCH Coefficient estimates  
Cities  ARCH Term (α_{i})  Asymmetric Term(γ)  GARCH Term(β)  Power Term(δ)  US Gold Return(λ) 

BENGALURU  0.085498 (0.0000)  0.208602 (0.0000)  0.887923 (0.0000)  1.463871 (0.0000)  0.007027 (0.0160) 
CHENNAI  0.069693 (0.0000)  0.204044 (0.0000)  0.922061 (0.0000)  1.415292 (0.0000)  0.004618 (0.0062) 
DELHI  0.1433898 (0.0000)  0.067550 (0.1768)  0.707367 (0.0000)  1.660510 (0.0000)  0.000185 (0.713) 
HYDERABAD  0.200123 (0.0000)  0.120086 (0.0069)  0.596259 (0.0000)  1.266926 (0.0000)  0.030135 (0.0338) 
KOLKATA  0.187155 (0.0000)  0.092674 (0.0445)  0.671353 (0.0000)  1.512019 (0.0000)  0.007806 (0.032) 
MUMBAI  0.099250 (0.0000)  0.143746 (0.0006)  0.885414 (0.0000)  1.338543 (0.0000)  0.006970 (0.0267) 
Source: Authors? calculation
The ARCH and GARCH coefficients were all significant at 5 percent level for the cities studied. Significant GARCH terms indicate the presence of volatility clustering in gold price volatility in India. Asymmetric coefficients for all the cities were significant at 5 percent level except for Delhi. This result supports the presence of leverage effect in gold price volatility. The estimated power transformation coefficients (δ) were ranging from 1.266 to 1.660 which is different from 2.
The coefficient which, estimates the impact of US gold price returns on the volatility of gold price in Indian cities were all significant at 5 percent level except Delhi. Hence, it can be inferred that US gold price returns significantly influence the gold price volatility in India.
ARCH LM tests were conducted on the residuals of the PGARCH equation to investigate the presence of autoregressive heteroskedasticity. The null hypothesis of this test is that the residuals from the PGARCH equation do not have the ARCH type of heteroskedasticity. If the residuals are free from autoregressive heteroskedasticity, it can be inferred that the PGARCH model fitted well on the data. The estimated coefficients (Obs*RSquared) of the ARCHLM test and its P values are presented in Table 4.
Table 4: ArchLm Estimates  
Cities  Obs*RSquared  Prob. 

BENGALURU  6.436284  0.0112 
CHENNAI  12.40135  0.0004 
DELHI  0.467448  0.4942 
HYDERABAD  0.792200  0.3734 
KOLKATA  0.554439  0.4565 
MUMBAI  7.226889  0.0072 
The coefficients estimated for three out of six cities were significant at 5 percent level. The coefficients for the gold prices in Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata, were not significant, indicating the fact that PGARCH model fitted well for these cities and the residuals are free from ARCH type of heteroskedasticity.
The conditional variance plots for all the six Indian cities are presented in Figures 16. These plots depict the features of the gold price volatility of the chosen cities over the study period.
It can be observed from figures 1 to 6, that from 2011 to of 2014 gold price in India was very volatile. The time period between 2015 to 2016 witnessed relative stability in the gold price in India. It can also be noticed that the conditional variance estimates were different between Indian cities and all of them were showing signs of volatility clustering.
This study was conducted by applying PGARCH model on the gold prices in India. This study was aimed at testing for the presence of leverage or asymmetric effect in the gold price volatility. Results of the variance estimation support the presence of leverage effect. Since the leverage effect is present, asymmetric conditional heteroskedasticity models are expected to perform better than symmetric models like GARCH. This study also investigated the possible impact of the US gold price on the volatility of gold prices in India. US gold price changes were found to influence the gold price volatility in almost all the cities analysed. Taking the support of all these results, it can be concluded that gold price volatility in India is indeed leveraged and the US gold price changes significantly influence the volatility of gold prices in India.
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