Deep Scenario Generation of Financial Markets

University essay from KTH/Matematisk statistik

Abstract: The goal of this thesis is to explore a new clustering algorithm, VAE-Clustering, and examine if it can be applied to find differences in the distribution of stock returns and augment the distribution of a current portfolio of stocks and see how it performs in different market conditions. The VAE-clustering method is as mentioned a newly introduced method and not widely tested, especially not on time series. The first step is therefore to see if and how well the clustering works. We first apply the algorithm to a dataset containing monthly time series of the power demand in Italy. The purpose in this part is to focus on how well the method works technically. When the model works well and generates proper results with the Italian Power Demand data, we move forward and apply the model on stock return data. In the latter application we are unable to find meaningful clusters and therefore unable to move forward towards the goal of the thesis. The results shows that the VAE-clustering method is applicable for time series. The power demand have clear differences from season to season and the model can successfully identify those differences. When it comes to the financial data we hoped that the model would be able to find different market regimes based on time periods. The model is though not able distinguish different time periods from each other. We therefore conclude that the VAE-clustering method is applicable on time series data, but that the structure and setting of the financial data in this thesis makes it to hard to find meaningful clusters. The major finding is that the VAE-clustering method can be applied to time series. We highly encourage further research to find if the method can be successfully used on financial data in different settings than tested in this thesis.  

  AT THIS PAGE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE WHOLE ESSAY. (follow the link to the next page)