The profitability of trading on large Lévy jumps

Kam Fong Chan, Phil Gray, Zheyao Pan

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While past research has studied the profitability of trading based on jump signals, the notion of differentiating between jumps according to their magnitude has received relatively little attention. We utilize the approach of Lee and Hannig (2010) to identify Lévy jumps and classify them as small and large. The empirical analysis shows that the arrival of large Lévy jumps provides a strong trading signal in five major equity markets. In contrast, the signal from small Lévy jumps is negligible.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Review of Finance
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019


  • high-frequency trading
  • jump trading strategy
  • Lévy jumps

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