On the ARCH model with stationary liquidity


The classical ARCH model together with its extensions have been widely applied in the modeling of financial time series. We study a variant of the ARCH model that takes account of liquidity given by a positive stationary process. We provide minimal assumptions that ensure the existence and uniqueness of the stationary solution for this model. Moreover, we give necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of the autocovariance function. After that, we derive an AR(1) characterization for the stationary solution yielding Yule–Walker type quadratic equations for the model parameters. In order to define a proper estimation method for the model, we first show that the autocovariance estimators of the stationary solution are consistent under relatively mild assumptions. Consequently, we prove that the natural estimators arising out of the quadratic equations inherit consistency from the autocovariance estimators. Finally, we illustrate our results with several examples and a simulation study.


The ARCH and GARCH models have become important tools in time series analysis. The ARCH model was introduced in Engle (1982) and then it has been generalized to the GARCH model by Bollerslev (1986). Since, a large collection of variants and extensions of these models has been produced by many authors. See for example Bollerslev (2008) for a glossary of models derived from ARCH and GARCH. On a related work we also mention (Han 2013), where GARCH-X model with liquidity arising from a certain fractional ARMA process is considered.

In this work, we also focus on a generalization of the ARCH model, namely the model (1). Our contribution proposes to include in the expression of the squared volatility \(\sigma _{t} ^{2} \) a factor \(L_{t-1}\), which we will call liquidity. The motivation to consider such a model comes from mathematical finance, where the factor \(L_{t}\), which constitutes a proxi for the trading volume at day t, has been included in order to capture the fluctuations of the intra-day price in financial markets. A more detailed explanation can be found in Bahamonde et al. (2018) or Tudor and Tudor (2014). In the work (Bahamonde et al. 2018) we considered the particular case when \(L_{t}\) is the squared increment of the fractional Brownian motion (fBm in the sequel), i.e. \(L_{t}= (B ^{H}_{t+1} -B^{H}_{t}) ^{2} \), where \(B ^{H}\) is a fBm with Hurst parameter \( H\in (0,1)\).

In this work, our purpose is twofold. Firstly, we enlarge the ARCH with fBm liquidity in Bahamonde et al. (2018) by considering, as a proxi for the liquidity, a general positive (strictly stationary) process \((L_{t}) _{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\). This includes, besides the above mentioned case of the squared increment of the fBm, many other examples.

The second purpose is to provide a method to estimate the parameters of the model. As mentioned in Bahamonde et al. (2018), in the case when L is a process without independent increments, the usual approaches for the parameter estimation in ARCH models (such as least squares method and maximum likelihood method) do not work, in the sense that the estimators obtained by these classical methods are biased and not consistent. Here we adopt a different technique, based on the AR(1) characterization of the ARCH process, which has also been used in Voutilainen et al. (2017). The AR(1) characterization leads to Yule–Walker type equations for the parameters of the model. These equations are of quadratic form and then we are able to find explicit formulas for the estimators. We prove that the estimators are consistent by using extended version of the law of large numbers and by assuming enough regularity for the correlation structure of the liquidity process. We also provide a numerical analysis of the estimators.

The rest of the paper is organised as follows. In Sect. 2 we introduce our model and discuss the existence and uniqueness of the solution. We also provide necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of the autocovariance function. We derive the AR(1) characterization and Yule–Walker type equations for the parameters of the model. Section 3 is devoted to the estimation of the model parameters. We construct estimators in a closed form and we prove their consistency via extended versions of the law of large numbers and a control of the behaviour of the covariance of the liquidity process. Several examples are discussed in details. In particular, we study squared increments of the fBm, squared increments of the compensated Poisson process, and the squared increments of the Rosenblatt process. We end the paper with a numerical analysis of our estimators. All the proofs and auxiliary lemmas are postponed to the appendix.

The model

Our variant of the ARCH model is defined for every \(t\in {\mathbb {Z}}\) as

$$\begin{aligned} X_t = \sigma _t\epsilon _t, \quad \sigma _t^2 = \alpha _0+\alpha _1X_{t-1}^2 + l_1L_{t-1}, \end{aligned}$$

where \(\alpha _0\ge 0\), \(\alpha _1,l_1>0\), and \((\epsilon _t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\) is an i.i.d. process with \({\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0) = 0\) and \({\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^2)=1\). Moreover, we assume that \((L_t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\) is a positive process and independent of \((\epsilon _t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\).

Remark 1

By setting \(L_{t-1} = \sigma ^2_{t-1}\) in (1) we would obtain the defining equations of the classical GARCH(1, 1) process. However, in this case, the processes L and \(\epsilon \) would not be independent of each other.

In Sect. 3, in the estimation of the model parameters, we further assume that \((L_t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\) is strictly stationary with \({\mathbb {E}}(L_0) = 1\). However, we first give sufficient conditions to ensure the existence of a solution in a general setting where L is only assumed to be bounded in \(L^2\). This allows one to introduce ARCH models that are not based on stationarity.

Note that we have a recursion

$$\begin{aligned} \sigma _t^ 2 = \alpha _0 + \alpha _1 \epsilon _{t-1}^ 2 \sigma _{t-1}^ 2 + l_1 L_{t-1}. \end{aligned}$$

Let us denote

$$\begin{aligned} A_t = \alpha _1\epsilon _t^ 2\quad \text {and} \quad B_t = \alpha _0 + l_1L_t \quad \text {for every }t\in {\mathbb {Z}}. \end{aligned}$$

Using (2) \(k+1\) times we get

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} \sigma _{t+1}^ 2&= A_t \sigma _t^ 2 + B_t\\&= A_tA_{t-1} \sigma _{t-1}^ 2 + A_tB_{t-1} + B_t\\&=\ldots \\&= \left( \prod _{i=0}^k A_{t-i}\right) \sigma _{t-k}^ 2 + \sum _{i=0}^ k\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i}, \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

with the convention \(\prod _0^ {-1} = 1\).

Existence and uniqueness of the solution

In the case of strictly stationary L, the existence and uniqueness of the solution is studied in Brandt (1986) and Karlsen (1990). However, in order to allow flexibility and non-stationarity in our class of ARCH models, we present a general existence and uniqueness result. Furthermore, our result allows one to consider only weakly stationary sequences. In addition, our proof is based on a different technique, adapted from Bahamonde et al. (2018).

We start with the following theorem providing the existence and uniqueness of a solution under relatively weak assumptions (we only assume the boundedness of L in \(L^2\) and the usual condition \(\alpha _{1} <1 \) [see e.g. Francq and Zakoian (2010)].

Theorem 1

Assume that \(\sup _{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}{\mathbb {E}}(L_t^ 2) < \infty \) and \(\alpha _1< 1\). Then (1) has the following solution

$$\begin{aligned} \sigma _{t+1}^ 2 = \sum _{i=0}^ \infty \left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i}. \end{aligned}$$

Moreover, the solution is unique in the class of processes satisfying \(\sup _{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}{\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _t^2) < \infty \).

The following result provides us a strictly stationary solution provided that L is strictly stationary. While the result is a special case of Karlsen (1990), for the reader’s convenience we present a different proof that can be applied to the case of weak stationarity as well (see Corollary 2).

Corollary 1

Let \(\alpha _1 < 1\). If L is strictly stationary with \({\mathbb {E}}(L_0^2) < \infty \), then the unique solution (4) is strictly stationary.

In the sequel, we consider a strictly or weakly stationary liquidity \((L_t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\) and the corresponding unique solution given by (4). Therefore, we will implicitly assume that

$$\begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}(L_0^2)<\infty \text{ and } \alpha _1<1. \end{aligned}$$

In order to study covariance function or weak stationarity of the solution (4), we require that the moments \({\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _t^4)\) exist. Necessary and sufficient conditions for this are given in the following lemma.

Lemma 1

Suppose \({\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4) < \infty \) and L is strictly stationary. Then \({\mathbb {E}}(\sigma ^4_0) < \infty \) if and only if \(\alpha _1 < \frac{1}{\sqrt{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)}}\).

Remark 2

As expected, in order to have finite moments of higher order we needed to pose a more restrictive assumption \(\alpha _1 < \frac{1}{\sqrt{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)}} \le 1\), since \({\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^2) = 1\). For example, in the case of Gaussian innovations we obtain the well-known condition \(\alpha _1 < \frac{1}{\sqrt{3}}\) [see e.g. Francq and Zakoian (2010) or Lindner (2009)]. An explicit expression of the fourth moment can be obtained when L is the squared increment of fBm [see Lemma 4 in Bahamonde et al. (2018)].

We end this section with the following result similar to Corollary 1 on the existence of weakly stationary solutions.

Corollary 2

Suppose that \(\alpha _1 < \frac{1}{\sqrt{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)}}\) and L is weakly stationary. Then the unique solution (4) is weakly stationary.

Computation of the model parameters

In this section we consider the stationary solution and compute the parameters \(\alpha _{0}\), \(\alpha _{1}\), \(l_{1}\) in (1) by using the autocovariance functions of \(X^{2}\) and L. To this end, we use an AR(1) characterization of the ARCH process. From this characterization, we derive, using an idea from Voutilainen et al. (2017), a Yule–Walker equation of quadratic form for the parameters, that we can solve explicitly. This constitutes the basis of the construction of the estimators in the next section. From (1) it follows that if \((\sigma ^2_t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\) is stationary, then so is \((X^2_t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\). In addition

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} X_t^2&= \sigma _t^2\epsilon _t^2 - \sigma _t^2 + \alpha _0+\alpha _1X_{t-1}^2+l_1L_{t-1}\\&= \alpha _0 + \alpha _1X_{t-1}^2+ \sigma _t^2(\epsilon _t^2-1) + l_1L_{t-1}. \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}(X_t^2) = \alpha _0+ \alpha _1 {\mathbb {E}}(X_{t-1}^2) + l_1 \end{aligned}$$

and hence

$$\begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}(X_t^2) = \frac{\alpha _0 + l_1}{1-\alpha _1}. \end{aligned}$$

Let us define an auxiliary process \((Y_t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\) by

$$\begin{aligned} Y_t = X_t^2 - \frac{\alpha _0+l_1}{1-\alpha _1}. \end{aligned}$$

Now Y is a zero-mean stationary process satisfying

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} Y_t&= \alpha _1Y_{t-1} +\alpha _0+\sigma _t^2(\epsilon _t^2-1) + l_1L_{t-1} -\frac{\alpha _0+l_1}{1-\alpha _1} + \alpha _1\frac{\alpha _0+l_1}{1-\alpha _1}\\&= \alpha _1Y_{t-1} +\sigma _t^2(\epsilon _t^2-1) + l_1(L_{t-1} -1). \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

By denoting

$$\begin{aligned} Z_t = \sigma _t^2(\epsilon _t^2-1) + l_1(L_{t-1} -1) \end{aligned}$$

we may write

$$\begin{aligned} Y_t = \alpha _1Y_{t-1} + Z_t \end{aligned}$$

corresponding to the AR(1) characterization (Voutilainen et al. 2017) of \(Y_t\) for \(0<\alpha _1 <1\).

In what follows, we denote the autocovariance functions of \(X^2\) and L with \(\gamma (n)={\mathbb {E}} (X_{t} ^{2} X_{t+n} ^{2}) - ( \frac{\alpha _0 + l_1}{1-\alpha _1})^2\) and \(s(n)= {\mathbb {E}} (L_{n} L_{t+n} ) - 1\) respectively.

Lemma 2

Suppose \({\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4) < \infty \) and \(\alpha _1 < \frac{1}{\sqrt{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)}}\). Then for any \(n\ne 0\) we have

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _1^2\gamma (n) - \alpha _1(\gamma (n+1) + \gamma (n-1)) + \gamma (n) - l_1^2s(n) = 0 \end{aligned}$$

and for \(n=0\) it holds that

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _1^2 \gamma (0) - 2\alpha _1\gamma (1) + \gamma (0) - \frac{{\mathbb {E}}(X_0^4) \mathrm {Var}(\epsilon _0^2)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)} - l_1^2 s(0) =0. \end{aligned}$$

Now, let first \(n\in {\mathbb {Z}}\) with \(n\ne 0\). Then

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _1^2 \gamma (0) - 2\alpha _1\gamma (1) + \gamma (0) - \frac{{\mathbb {E}}(X_0^4) \mathrm {Var}(\epsilon _0^2)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)} - l_1^2 s(0)&= 0 \nonumber \\ \alpha _1^2\gamma (n) - \alpha _1(\gamma (n+1) + \gamma (n-1)) + \gamma (n) - l_1^2s(n)&= 0. \end{aligned}$$

From the first equation we get

$$\begin{aligned} l_1^2 = \frac{1}{s(0)}\left( \alpha _1^2 \gamma (0) - 2\alpha _1 \gamma (1)+ \gamma (0) - \frac{{\mathbb {E}}(X_0^4) \mathrm {Var}(\epsilon _0^2)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)} \right) . \end{aligned}$$

Substitution to (6) yields

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _1^2\left( \gamma (n) - \frac{s(n)}{s(0)}\gamma (0)\right) + \alpha _1\left( 2 \frac{s(n)}{s(0)} \gamma (1) - (\gamma (n+1) + \gamma (n-1))\right) \\ + \gamma (n) + \frac{s(n)}{s(0)} \left( \frac{{\mathbb {E}}(X_0^4) \mathrm {Var}(\epsilon _0^2)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)} - \gamma (0) \right) = 0 \end{aligned}$$

Let us denote \({\pmb {\gamma }}_0 = [\gamma (n+1), \gamma (n), \gamma (n-1), \gamma (1), \gamma (0), {\mathbb {E}}(X_0^4)]\) and

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} a_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)&= \gamma (n) - \frac{s(n)}{s(0)}\gamma (0)\\ b_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)&= 2 \frac{s(n)}{s(0)} \gamma (1) - (\gamma (n+1) + \gamma (n-1))\\ c_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)&= \gamma (n) + \frac{s(n)}{s(0)} \left( \frac{{\mathbb {E}}(X_0^4) \mathrm {Var}(\epsilon _0^2)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)} - \gamma (0) \right) . \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

Assuming that \(a_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0) \ne 0\) we have the following solutions for the model parameters \(\alpha _1\) and \(l_1\):

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _1({\pmb {\gamma }}_0) = \frac{-b_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0) \pm \sqrt{b_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)^2 - 4a_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)c_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)}}{2a_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)} \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} l_1({\pmb {\gamma }}_0) = \sqrt{\frac{1}{s(0)}\left( \alpha _1({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)^2 \gamma (0) - 2\alpha _1({\pmb {\gamma }}_0) \gamma (1)+ \gamma (0) - \frac{{\mathbb {E}}(X_0^4) \mathrm {Var}(\epsilon _0^2)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)} \right) }. \end{aligned}$$

Finally, denoting \(\mu = {\mathbb {E}}(X_0^2)\) and using (5) we may write

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0, \mu ) = \mu (1-\alpha _1({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)) - l_1({\pmb {\gamma }}_0). \end{aligned}$$

Now, let \(n_1, n_2 \in {\mathbb {Z}}\) with \(n_1\ne n_2\) and \(n_1,n_2\ne 0\). Then

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _1^2\gamma (n_1) - \alpha _1(\gamma (n_1+1) + \gamma (n_1-1)) + \gamma (n_1) - l_1^2s(n_1)&= 0\\ \alpha _1^2\gamma (n_2) - \alpha _1(\gamma (n_2+1) + \gamma (n_2-1)) + \gamma (n_2) - l_1^2s(n_2)&= 0. \nonumber \end{aligned}$$

Assuming that \(n_2\) is chosen in such a way that \(s(n_2) \ne 0\) we have

$$\begin{aligned} l_1^2 = \frac{\alpha _1^2\gamma (n_2) - \alpha _1(\gamma (n_2+1) + \gamma (n_2-1)) + \gamma (n_2)}{s(n_2)}. \end{aligned}$$

Substitution to (11) yields

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _1^2\left( \gamma (n_1)-\frac{s(n_1)}{s(n_2)}\gamma (n_2)\right) \\ - \alpha _1\left( \gamma (n_1+1) + \gamma (n_1-1)- \frac{s(n_1)}{s(n_2)}\left( \gamma (n_2+1) + \gamma (n_2-1)\right) \right) \\ + \gamma (n_1) - \frac{s(n_1)}{s(n_2)}\gamma (n_2) = 0. \end{aligned}$$

Let us denote \({\pmb {\gamma }}= [\gamma (n_1+1), \gamma (n_2+1), \gamma (n_1), \gamma (n_2), \gamma (n_1-1), \gamma (n_2-1)]\) and

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} a({\pmb {\gamma }})&= \gamma (n_1) - \frac{s(n_1)}{s(n_2)}\gamma (n_2)\\ b({\pmb {\gamma }})&= \frac{s(n_1)}{s(n_2)}\left( \gamma (n_2+1) + \gamma (n_2-1)\right) - (\gamma (n_1+1) + \gamma (n_1-1)).\\ \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

Assuming \(a({\pmb {\gamma }}) \ne 0\) we obtain the following solutions for the model parameters \(\alpha _1\) and \(l_1\):

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _1({\pmb {\gamma }}) = \frac{-b({\pmb {\gamma }}) \pm \sqrt{b({\pmb {\gamma }})^2 - 4a({\pmb {\gamma }})^2}}{2a({\pmb {\gamma }})}, \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} l_1({\pmb {\gamma }}) = \sqrt{\frac{\alpha _1^2({\pmb {\gamma }})\gamma (n_2) - \alpha _1({\pmb {\gamma }})(\gamma (n_2+1) + \gamma (n_2-1)) + \gamma (n_2)}{s(n_2)}}. \end{aligned}$$

Again, \(\alpha _0\) is given by

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _0({\pmb {\gamma }}, \mu ) = \mu (1-\alpha _1({\pmb {\gamma }})) - l_1({\pmb {\gamma }}). \end{aligned}$$

Remark 3

Note that here we assumed \(s(n_2)\ne 0\) and \(a({\pmb {\gamma }}) \ne 0\) which means that we choose \(n_1,n_2\) in a suitable way. Notice however, that these assumptions are not a restriction. Firstly, the case where \(s(n_2)=0\) for all \(n_2\ne 0\) corresponds to the more simple case where L is a sequence of uncorrelated random variables. Secondly, if \(s(n_2)\ne 0\) and \(a({\pmb {\gamma }})=0\), the second order term vanishes and we get a linear equation for \(\alpha _1\). For detailed discussion on this phenomena, we refer to Voutilainen et al. (2017).

Remark 4

At first glimpse Eqs. (8) and (13) may seem useless as one needs to choose between signs. However, it usually suffices to know additional values of the covariance of the noise [see Voutilainen et al. (2017)]. In particular, it suffices that \(s(n) \rightarrow 0\) [see Voutilainen et al. (2019)].

Parameter estimation

In this section we discuss how to estimate the model parameters consistently from the observations under some knowledge of the covariance of the liquidity L. At this point we simply assume that the covariance structure of L is completely known. However, this is not necessary, as discussed in Remarks 5 and 6. As mentioned in the introduction, classical methods like maximum likelihood (MLE) or least squares method (LSE) may fail in the presence of memory. Indeed, while MLE is in many cases preferable, it requires the knowledge of the distributions so that the likelihood function can be computed. Compared to our method, we only require certain kind of asymptotic independence for the process L in terms of third and fourth order covariances (see Lemma 3). Unlike MLE, the LSE estimator does not require distributions to be known. However, in our model it may fail to be consistent. Indeed, this happens already in the case of squared increments of the fractional Brownian motion (Bahamonde et al. 2018).

Based on formulas for the parameters provided in Sect. 2.2, it suffices that the covariances of \(X^2\) can be estimated consistently. For simplicity, we assume that the liquidity \((L_{t})_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\) is a strictly stationary sequence. The main reason why we prefer to keep the assumption of strict stationarity is that it simplifies the third and fourth order assumptions of Lemma 3 and also because our main examples of liquidities are strictly stationary processes (see Sect. 3.3). Nevertheless, the results either hold directly or can be modified with only a little effort to cover the case of weakly stationary sequences. We leave the details to the reader.

Consistency of autocovariance estimators

Assume that \((X^2_1, X^2_2, \ldots ,X^2_N)\) is an observed series from \((X_t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\) that is given by our model (1). We use the following estimator of the autocovariance function of \(X_t^2\)

$$\begin{aligned} {\hat{\gamma }}_N(n) = \frac{1}{N} \sum _{t=1}^{N-n} \left( X^2_t-\bar{X^2}\right) \left( X^2_{t+n}-\bar{X^2}\right) \quad \text {for }n\ge 0, \end{aligned}$$

where \(\bar{X^2}\) is the sample mean of the observations. We show that the estimator above is consistent in two steps. Namely, we consider the sample mean and the term

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{N}\sum _{t=1}^{N-n} X^2_tX_{t+n}^2 \end{aligned}$$

separately. If the both terms are consistent, consistency of the autocovariance estimator follows. Furthermore, if this holds for the lags involved in Theorems 2 and 3, also the corresponding model parameter estimators are consistent.

Lemma 3

Suppose \({\mathbb {E}}(L_0^ 4)<\infty \) and \({\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 8) <\infty \). In addition, assume that for every fixed \(n, n_1\) and \(n_2\) it holds that \(\mathrm {Cov}(L_0,L_t)\rightarrow 0\), \(\mathrm {Cov}(L_0L_n, L_{\pm t}) \rightarrow 0\) and \(\mathrm {Cov}(L_0L_{n_1}, L_tL_{t+n_2})\rightarrow 0\) as \(t\rightarrow \infty \). If \(\alpha _1 < \frac{1}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^8)^{\frac{1}{4}}}\), then

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{N-n}\sum _{t=1}^{N-n} X^2_tX_{t+n}^2 \end{aligned}$$

converges in probability to \({\mathbb {E}}(X_0^2X_n^2)\) for every \(n\in {\mathbb {Z}}\).

The next lemma provides us the missing piece of consistency of the covariance estimators. It can be proven similarly as Lemma 3, but as it is less involved, we leave the proof to the reader.

Lemma 4

Suppose \({\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4) < \infty \) and \(\mathrm {Cov}(L_0L_t) \rightarrow 0\) as \(t\rightarrow \infty \). If \(\alpha _1 < \frac{1}{\sqrt{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 4)}}\), then the sample mean

$$\begin{aligned} {\hat{\mu }}_N = \frac{1}{N}\sum _{t=1}^N X_t^2 \end{aligned}$$

converges in probability to \({\mathbb {E}}(X_0^2)\).

Remark 5

As one would expect, the assumptions of Lemma 4 are implied by the assumptions of Lemma 3, which on the other hand are only sufficient for our purpose. Indeed, it suffices that \(Y_t = X_t^2 X^2_{t+n}\) is mean-ergodic for the relevant lags n (see Theorems 2 and 3 , and Remark 6). This happens when the dependence within the stationary process Y vanishes sufficiently fast. The condition \(\alpha _1 < {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^8)^{-\frac{1}{4}}\) ensures the existence of an autocovariance function of Y. Furthermore, the assumptions made related to the asymptotic behavior of the covariances of L guarantee that the dependence structure of Y (measured by the autocovariance function) is such that the desired consistency of the autocovariance estimators follows. Finally, the assumptions related to the liquidity are very natural. Indeed, we only assume that the (linear) dependencies within the process \(L_t\) vanish over time. Examples of L satisfying the required assumptions can be found in Sect. 3.3.

Estimation of the model parameters

Set, for \(N\ge 1\),

$$\begin{aligned} {\hat{\mu }}_{2,N} = \frac{1}{N}\sum _{t=1}^{N} X^4_t \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} g_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0) = b_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)^2 - 4a_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)c_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0), \end{aligned}$$

where \(a_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)\), \(b_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)\) and \(c_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0)\) are as in (7). In addition, let

$$\begin{aligned} {\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_{0,N}}= [{\hat{\gamma }}_N(n+1), {\hat{\gamma }}_N(n), {\hat{\gamma }}_N(n-1), {\hat{\gamma }}_N(1), {\hat{\gamma }}_N(0), {\hat{\mu }}_{2,N}] \end{aligned}$$

and \({\hat{{\pmb {\xi }}}}_{0, N} = [{\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_{0,N}}, {\hat{\mu }}_N]\) for some fixed \(n\ne 0\). The following estimators are motivated by (8), (9) and (10).

Definition 1

We define estimators \({\hat{\alpha }}_1\), \({\hat{l}}_1\) and \({\hat{\alpha }}_0\) for the model parameters \(\alpha _1\), \(l_1\) and \(\alpha _0\) respectively through

$$\begin{aligned}&{\hat{\alpha }}_1 = \alpha _1({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_{0,N}})= \frac{-b_0({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_{0,N}}) \pm \sqrt{g_0({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_{0,N}})}}{2a_0({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_{0,N}})}, \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned}&{\hat{l}}_1=l_1({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_{0,N}})\nonumber \\&= \sqrt{\frac{1}{s(0)}\left( \alpha _1({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_{0,N}})^2 {\hat{\gamma }}_N(0) - 2\alpha _1({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_{0,N}}) {\hat{\gamma }}_N(1)+ {\hat{\gamma }}_N(0) - \frac{{\hat{\mu }}_{2,N} \mathrm {Var}(\epsilon _0^2)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)} \right) } \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} {\hat{\alpha }}_0 = \alpha _0({\hat{{\pmb {\xi }}}}_{0, N}) = {\hat{\mu }}_N(1-\alpha _1({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_{0,N}})) - l_1({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_{0,N}}), \end{aligned}$$

where \(n \ne 0\).

Theorem 2

Assume that \(a_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0) \ne 0\) and \(g_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0) > 0\). Let the assumptions of Lemma 3 prevail. Then \({\hat{\alpha }}_1, {\hat{l}}_1\) and \({\hat{\alpha }}_0\) given by (16), (17) and (18) are consistent.

Remark 6

In addition to the mean-ergodicity discussed in Remark 5, it suffices that the autocovariance function \(s(\cdot )\) of the liquidity L is known for the chosen lags 0 and n. Furthermore, if we can observe L, which is often the case, these quantities can also be estimated.

Let us denote

$$\begin{aligned} g({\pmb {\gamma }}) = b({\pmb {\gamma }})^2 - 4a({\pmb {\gamma }})^2, \end{aligned}$$

where \(a({\pmb {\gamma }})\) and \(b({\pmb {\gamma }})\) are as in (12). In addition, let

$$\begin{aligned} {\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_N}= [{\hat{\gamma }}_N(n_1+1), {\hat{\gamma }}_N(n_2+1), {\hat{\gamma }}_N(n_1), {\hat{\gamma }}_N(n_2), {\hat{\gamma }}_N(n_1-1), {\hat{\gamma }}_N(n_2-1)] \end{aligned}$$

and \({\hat{{\pmb {\xi }}}}_N = [{\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_N}, {\hat{\mu }}_N]\) for some fixed \(n_1,n_2\ne 0\) with \(n_1 \ne n_2\). The following estimators are motivated by (13), (14) and (15).

Definition 2

We define estimators \({\hat{\alpha }}_1\), \({\hat{l}}_1\) and \({\hat{\alpha }}_0\) for the model parameters \(\alpha _1\), \(l_1\) and \(\alpha _0\) respectively through

$$\begin{aligned} {\hat{\alpha }}_1= & {} \alpha _1({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_N})= \frac{-b({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_N}) \pm \sqrt{g({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_N})}}{2a({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_N})}, \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} {\hat{l}}_1= & {} l_1({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_N})\nonumber \\= & {} \sqrt{\frac{\alpha _1^2({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_N}){\hat{\gamma }}_N(n_2) - \alpha _1({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_N})({\hat{\gamma }}_N(n_2+1) + {\hat{\gamma }}_N(n_2-1)) + {\hat{\gamma }}_N(n_2)}{s(n_2)}} \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} {\hat{\alpha }}_0 = \alpha _0({\hat{{\pmb {\xi }}}}_N) = {\hat{\mu }}_N(1-\alpha _1({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_N})) - l_1({\hat{\pmb {\gamma }}_N}), \end{aligned}$$

where \(n_1, n_2\ne 0\) and \(n_1\ne n_2\).

The proof of the the next theorem is basically the same as the proof of Theorem 2.

Theorem 3

Assume that \(s(n_2) \ne 0, a({\pmb {\gamma }}) \ne 0\) and \(g({\pmb {\gamma }}) > 0\). Let the assumptions of Lemma 3 prevail. Then \({\hat{\alpha }}_1, {\hat{l}}_1\) and \({\hat{\alpha }}_0\) given by (19), (20) and (21) are consistent.

Remark 7

  • Statements of Theorems 2 and 3 hold true also when \(g_0({\pmb {\gamma }}_0) = 0\) and \(g({\pmb {\gamma }}) = 0\), but in these cases the estimators do not necessarily become real valued as the sample size grows.

  • The estimators from Definitions 1 and 2 are of course related. In practice (see the next section) we use those from Definition 1 while those from Definition 2 are needed just in case when we need more information in order to choose the correct sign for \({{\hat{\alpha }}} _1\), see Remark 4.

  • Note that here we implicitly assumed that the correct sign can be chosen in \({\hat{\alpha }}_1\). However, this is not a restriction as discussed.

The approach of Voutilainen et al. (2017) was motivated by the classical Yule–Walker equations of an AR(p) process, for which the corresponding estimators have the property that they yield a causal AR(p) process agreeing with the underlying assumption of the equations [see e.g. Brockwell and Davis (2013)]. In comparison, with finite samples, the above introduced estimators may produce invalid values, such as complex numbers or negative reals. Moreover, for \(\alpha _1\) we may obtain an estimate \({\hat{\alpha }}_1 \ge {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^8)^{-\frac{1}{4}}\) violating assumptions of Lemma 3. However, we would like to emphasize that, as discussed before, the assumptions of the lemma are not necessary for a consistent estimation procedure. It may also happen that \({\hat{\alpha }}_1 \ge 1\) and in this case, Theory 1 does not guarantee the existence of the unique solution for (1) together with its stationarity. However, even in this case, there might still exist a (unique) stationary solution (cf. AR(1) with \(|\phi | >1\)). A further analyze of properties of (1) could be a potential topic for future research. The above described unwanted estimates are of course more prone to occur with small samples, although the probability of producing such values depends also on the different components of the model (1), such as the true values of the parameters. In practice, the issue can be avoided e.g. by using indicator functions as in Voutilainen et al. (2017) forcing the estimators to the demanded intervals. We also refer to our simulation study in Sect. 4 and Appendix B, which show that with the largest sample size we always obtained valid estimates.


We will present several examples of stationary processes for which our main result stated in Theorem 2 apply. Our examples are constructed as

$$\begin{aligned} L_{t}:= \left( Y_{t+1}- Y_{t}\right) ^{2}, \text{ for } \text{ every } t\in {\mathbb {Z}} \end{aligned}$$

where \((Y_{t})_{t\in {\mathbb {R}}}\) is a stochastic process with stationary increments. We discuss below the case when Y is a continuous Gaussian process (the fractional Brownian motion), a continuous non-Gaussian process (the Rosenblatt process), or a jump process (the compensated Poisson process).

The fractional Brownian motion

Let \(Y_{t}: = B ^{H}_{t}\) for every \(t\in {\mathbb {R}} \) where \((B ^{H}_{t}) _{t\in {\mathbb {R}}} \) is a two-sided fractional Brownian motion with Hurst parameter \(H\in (0,1)\). Recall that \( B^{H} \) is a centered Gaussian process with covariance

$$\begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}} (B_{t}B_{s})=\frac{1}{2} (\vert t\vert ^{2H}+ \vert s\vert ^{2H} -\vert t-s\vert ^{2H} ), s,t \in {\mathbb {R}}. \end{aligned}$$

Let us verify that the conditions from Lemma 3 and Theorem 2 are satisfied by \(L_{t}= (B ^{H}_{t+1}- B ^{H}_{t}) ^{2}\). First, notice that [see Lemma 2 in Bahamonde et al. (2018)] that for \(t\ge 1\)

$$\begin{aligned} \mathrm {Cov}( L_{0}, L_{t})={\mathbb {E}}\left( (B^{H}_{1} ) ^{2} (B ^{H}_{t+1} -B ^{H}_{t} ) ^{2} \right) -1= 2(r_{H}(t))^2 \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} r_{H}(t)= \frac{1}{2} \left[ (t+1) ^{2H}+(t-1) ^{2H}-2t ^{2H}\right] \rightarrow _{t\rightarrow \infty }0 \end{aligned}$$

since \(r_{H}(t) \) behaves as \(t^{2H-2}\) for t large.

Let us now turn to the third-order condition, i.e. \(\mathrm {Cov} (L_{0}L_{n}, L_{t})={\mathbb {E}} (L_{0} L_{n} L_{t} )-{\mathbb {E}} (L_{0} L_{n} ) \rightarrow 0\) as \(t\rightarrow \infty \). We can suppose \(n\ge 1\) is fixed and \(t>n\). For any three centered Gaussian random variables \(Z_{1}, Z_{2}, Z_{3}\) with unit variance we have \({\mathbb {E}} ( Z_{1} ^{2} Z_{2} ^{2}) = 1+2({\mathbb {E}}(Z_{1}Z_{2}) ) ^{2} \) and

$$\begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}} ( Z_{1} ^{2} Z_{2} ^{2}Z_{3} ^{2})= & {} 2 \left( ({\mathbb {E}} (Z_{1} Z_{2}))^{2} + ({\mathbb {E}} (Z_{1} Z_{3}))^{2} +({\mathbb {E}} (Z_{2} Z_{3}))^{2} \right) \\&+ 8 {\mathbb {E}} (Z_{1} Z_{2}){\mathbb {E}} (Z_{1} Z_{3}){\mathbb {E}} (Z_{2} Z_{3})+1\\&={\mathbb {E}} ( Z_{1} ^{2} Z_{2} ^{2}) + 2 \left( ({\mathbb {E}} (Z_{1} Z_{3}))^{2} +({\mathbb {E}} (Z_{2} Z_{3}))^{2} \right) \\&+ 8 {\mathbb {E}} (Z_{1} Z_{2}){\mathbb {E}} (Z_{1} Z_{3}){\mathbb {E}} (Z_{2} Z_{3}). \end{aligned}$$

By applying this formula to \(Z_{1}= B ^{H}_{1}, Z_{2}= B^H_{n+1}- B ^{H}_{n}, Z_{3}= B ^{H}_{t+1} -B ^{H}_{t}\), we find

$$\begin{aligned} \mathrm {Cov} (L_{0}L_{n}, L_{t})=2 r_{H}(t) ^{2} + 2r_{H}(t-n) ^{2}+8r_{H}(n)r_{H}(t) r_{H}(t-n) \end{aligned}$$

where \(r_{H}\) is given by (22). By (22), the above expression converges to zero as \(t\rightarrow \infty \).

Similarly for the fourth-order condition, the formulas are more complex but we can verify by standard calculations that, for every \(n_{1}, n_{2}\ge 1\) and for every \(t> \max (n_{1}, n_{2})\), the quantity

$$\begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}(L_{0} L_{n_{1}}L_{t}L_{t+n_{2}}) - {\mathbb {E}}(L_{0} L_{n_{1}}) {\mathbb {E}} (L_{t}L_{t+n_{2}}) \end{aligned}$$

can be expressed as a polynomial (without term of degree zero) in \(r_{H}(t)\), \(r_{H}(t-n_{1})\), \(r_{H}(t+n_{2})\), \(r_{H}(t+n_{2} -n_{1}) \) with coefficients depending on \(n_{1}, n_{2}\). The conclusion is obtained by (22).

The compensated Poisson process

Let \((N_{t})_{t\in {\mathbb {R}} }\) be a Poisson process with intensity \(\lambda =1\). Recall that N is a cadlag adapted stochastic process, with independent increments, such that for every \(s<t\), the random variable \(N_{t}-N_{s}\) follows a Poisson distribution with parameter \(t-s\). Define the compensated Poisson process \( ({\tilde{N}}_{t}) _{t\in {\mathbb {R}} } \) by \({\tilde{N}}_{t}=N_{t}-t\) for every \(t\in {\mathbb {R}}\) and let \(L_{t}= ({\tilde{N}}_{t+1}-{\tilde{N}}_{t})^ {2}\). Clearly \({\mathbb {E}}L_{t}= 1\) for every t and, by the independence of the increments of \({\tilde{N}}\), we have that for t large enough

$$\begin{aligned} \mathrm {Cov}(L_{0}, L_{t})= \mathrm {Cov}( L_{0}L_{n}, L_{t}) = \mathrm {Cov} (L_{0}L_{n_{1}}, L_{t}L_{t+n_{2}})=0, \end{aligned}$$

so the conditions in Theorem 2 are fulfilled.

The Rosenblatt process

The (one-sided) Rosenblatt process \((Z^{H}_{t}) _{t\ge 0} \) is a self-similar stochastic process with stationary increments and long memory in the second Wiener chaos, i.e. it can be expressed as a multiple stochastic integral of order two with respect to the Wiener process. The Hurst parameter H belongs to \((\frac{1}{2}, 1)\) and it characterizes the main properties of the process. Its representation is

$$\begin{aligned} Z ^{H}_{t}= \int _{{\mathbb {R}} }\int _{{\mathbb {R}}} f_{H}(y_{1}, y_{2}) dW(y_{1})dW(y_{2}) \end{aligned}$$

where \((W(y))_{y\in {\mathbb {R}}}\) is Wiener process and \(f_{H} \) is deterministic function such that

\(\int _{{\mathbb {R}}} \int _{{\mathbb {R}}} f_{H}(y_{1}, y_{2}) ^{2} dy_{1}dy_{2} <\infty \). See e.g. Tudor (2013) for a more complete exposition on the Rosenblatt process. The two-sided Rosenblatt process has been introduced in Coupek (2018). In particular, it has the same covariance as the fractional Brownian motion, so \({\mathbb {E}}(L_{t})= {\mathbb {E}}(Z^{H}_{t+1} -Z^{H}_{t}) ^{2}=1\) for every t. The use of the Rosenblatt process can be motivated by the presence of the long-memory in the emprical data for liquidity in financial markets, see Tsuji (2002).

The computation of the quantities \(\mathrm {Cov}(L_{0}, L_{t})\), \(\mathrm {Cov} (L_{0}L_{n}, L_{t})\) and

\( \mathrm {Cov}(L_{0} L_{n_{1}}, L_{t} L_{t+n_{2}})\) requires rather technical tools from stochastic analysis including properties of multiple integrals and product formula which we prefer to avoid here. We only mention that the term \(\mathrm {Cov}(L_{0}, L_{t})\) can be written as

\(P( r_{H}(t), r_{H,1}(t) )\) where P is a polynomial without term of degree zero, \(r_{H}\) is given by (22), while

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} r_{H,1}(t) = \int _{0} ^{1} \int _{0}^{1} \int _{t}^{t+1} \int _{t} ^{t+1} du_{1}du_{2}du_{3}du_{4} \vert u_{1}&-u_{2}\vert ^{H-1}\vert u_{2}-u_{3}\vert ^{H-1} \\&\vert u_{3}-u_{4}\vert ^{H-1}\vert u_{4}-u_{1}\vert ^{H-1}. \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

Note that

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} r_{H,1}(t) = \int _{[0,1] ^{4}} du_{1}du_{2}du_{3}du_{4} \vert u_{1}&-u_{2}\vert ^{H-1}\vert u_{2}-u_{3}+t \vert ^{H-1}\\&\vert u_{3}-u_{4}\vert ^{H-1}\vert u_{4}-u_{1}+t\vert ^{H-1}. \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

Since \(\vert u_{1}-u_{2}\vert ^{H-1}\vert u_{2}-u_{3}+t \vert ^{H-1}\vert u_{3}-u_{4}\vert ^{H-1}\vert u_{4}-u_{1}+t\vert ^{H-1}\) converges to zero as \(t\rightarrow \infty \) for every \(u_{i}\) and since this integrand is bounded for t large by \(\vert u_{1}-u_{2}\vert ^{H-1}\vert u_{2}-u_{3} \vert ^{H-1}\vert u_{3}-u_{4}\vert ^{H-1}\vert u_{4}-u_{1}\vert ^{H-1}\), which is integrable over \([0,1] ^{4}\), we obtain, via the dominated convergence theorem, that \(\mathrm {Cov}(L_{0}, L_{t})\rightarrow _{t\rightarrow \infty } 0.\) Similarly, the quantities \(\mathrm {Cov} (L_{0}L_{n}, L_{t})\) and \(\mathrm {Cov} (L_{0} L_{n_{1}}, L_{t} L_{t+n_{2}})\) can be also expressed as polynomials (without constant terms) of \(r_{H}, r_{H, k}\), \(k=1,2,3, 4\) where

$$\begin{aligned} r_{H,k}(t) = \int _{A_{1}\times \ldots A_{2k}} du_{1} \ldots du_{2k} \vert u_{1}- u_{2}\vert ^{H-1} \ldots \vert u_{2k-1}-u_{2k}\vert ^{H-1} \vert u_{2k}-u_{1}\vert ^{H-1}, \end{aligned}$$

where at least one set \(A_{i}\) is \((t, t+1)\). Thus we may apply a similar argument as above.


This section provides a visual illustration of convergence of the estimators (16), (17) and (18) when the liquidity process L is given by \(L_t = (B^H_{t+1} - B^H_{t})^2\) with \(H =\frac{4}{5}\).

The simulation setting is the following. The i.i.d. process \((\epsilon _t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\) is assumed to be a sequence of standard normals. In this case the restriction given by Lemma 3 reads \(\alpha _1 < \frac{1}{105^{\frac{1}{4}}} \approx 0.31\). The used lag is \(n=1\) and the true values of the model parameters are \(\alpha _0=1\), \(\alpha _1 = 0.1\) and \(l_1 = 0.5\). The used sample sizes are \(N=100, N=1000\) and \(N=10000\). The initial \(X_0^2\) is set equal to 1.7. After the processes \(L_t\) with \(t=0, 1, \ldots N-2\) and \(\epsilon _t\) with \(t=1,2, \ldots N-1\) are simulated, the initial is used to generate \(\sigma _1^2\) using (1). Together with \(\epsilon _1\) this gives \(X_1^2\), after which (1) yields the sample \(\{X_0^2, X_1^2, \ldots , X^2_{N-1}\}\).

We have simulated 1000 scenarios with each sample size and the corresponding histograms of the model parameter estimates are provided in Figs. 12 and 3. Our simulations show that the behaviour of the limit distributions are close to Gaussian ones, as N increases. We also note that, since the estimators involve square roots, they may produce complex valued estimates. However, asymptotically the estimates become real. In the simulations, the sample sizes \(N=100\) and \(N=1000\) resulted complex valued estimates in \(47.9\%\) and \(4.3\%\) of the iterations respectively, whereas with the largest sample size all the estimates were real. For the histograms the complex valued estimates have been simply removed. Some illustrative tables are given in Appendix B.

It is straightforward to repeat the simulations with other Hurst indexes, or with completely different liquidities such as squared increments of the compensated Poisson process. In these cases, we obtain similar results.

The simulations have been carried out by using the version 1.1.456 of RStudio software on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system. Fractional Brownian motion was simulated by using circFBM function from the package dvfBm.

Fig. 1

Fractional Brownian motion liquidity with \(H=\frac{4}{5}\) and \(N=100\)

Fig. 2

Fractional Brownian motion liquidity with \(H=\frac{4}{5}\) and \(N=1000\)

Fig. 3

Fractional Brownian motion liquidity with \(H=\frac{4}{5}\) and \(N=10000\)


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Appendix A: Auxiliary lemmas and proofs

The following lemma ensures that we are able to continue the recursion in (3) infinitely many times.

Lemma 5

Suppose \(\alpha _1<1\) and \(\sup _{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}{\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _t^ 2) \le M_1<\infty \). Then, as \(k\rightarrow \infty \), we have

$$\begin{aligned} \left( \prod _{i=0}^k A_{t-i}\right) \sigma _{t-k}^ 2 \rightarrow 0 \end{aligned}$$

in \(L^ 1\). Furthermore, if \(\alpha _1 < \frac{1}{\sqrt{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 4)}}\) and \(\sup _{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}{\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _t^4)\le M_2 < \infty \), then the convergence holds also almost surely.


By independence of \(\epsilon \), we have

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}\left| \left( \prod _{i=0}^k A_{t-i}\right) \sigma _{t-k}^ 2\right| = \alpha _1^ {k+1} {\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _{t-k}^ 2)\le \alpha _1^ {k+1} M_1\rightarrow 0 \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

proving the first part of the claim.

For the second part, Chebysev’s inequality implies

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} {\mathbb {P}}&\left( \left| \left( \prod _{i=0}^k A_{t-i}\right) \sigma _{t-k}^ 2 - \alpha _1^ {k+1}{\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _{t-k}^ 2)\right| >\varepsilon \right) \\&\le \frac{\mathrm {Var}\left( \left( \prod _{i=0}^k A_{t-i}\right) \sigma _{t-k}^ 2\right) }{\varepsilon ^ 2}\\&=\frac{\alpha _1^ {2k+2} {\mathbb {E}}\left( \left( \prod _{i=0}^ k \epsilon ^ 4_{t-i}\right) \sigma _{t-k}^ 4\right) - \alpha _1^ {2k+2} {\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _{t-k}^2)^2}{\varepsilon ^ 2} \\&\le \frac{\left( \alpha _1^ 2 {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon ^ 4_0)\right) ^ {k+1} M_2 - \alpha _1^ {2k+2} M_1^2}{\varepsilon ^ 2}, \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

which is summable by assumptions. Borel–Cantelli then implies

$$\begin{aligned} \left( \prod _{i=0}^k A_{t-i}\right) \sigma _{t-k}^ 2 - \alpha _1^ {k+1}{\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _{t-k}^ 2)\rightarrow 0 \end{aligned}$$

almost surely proving the claim. \(\square \)

Proof of Theorem 1

We begin by showing that (4) is well-defined. That is, we prove that

$$\begin{aligned} \lim _{k\rightarrow \infty } \sum _{i=0}^ k\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i} \end{aligned}$$

defines an almost surely finite random variable. First we observe that the summands above are non-negative and hence, the pathwise limits exist in \([0,\infty ]\). Write

$$\begin{aligned} \sum _{i=0}^ \infty \left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i} = \alpha _0 \sum _{i=0}^ \infty \left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{t-j}\right) + l_1 \sum _{i=0}^ \infty \left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{t-j}\right) L_{t-i} \end{aligned}$$

and denote

$$\begin{aligned} a_n =\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {n-1} A_{t-j}\right) L_{t-n}, \quad b_n =\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {n-1} A_{t-j}\right) . \end{aligned}$$

By the root test it suffices to prove that

$$\begin{aligned} \limsup _{n\rightarrow \infty } a_n^ {\frac{1}{n}}&< 1 \end{aligned}$$
$$\begin{aligned} \limsup _{n\rightarrow \infty } b_n^ {\frac{1}{n}}&< 1. \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} a_n^{\frac{1}{n}} = e^{\frac{1}{n}\log a_n} = L_{t-n}^ {\frac{1}{n}} e^{\frac{1}{n} \sum _{j=0}^{n-1} \log A_{t-j}}, \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} e^{\frac{1}{n} \sum _{j=0}^{n-1} \log A_{t-j}} \overset{\text {a.s.}}{\longrightarrow } e^{{\mathbb {E}}\log A_0} = \alpha _1 e^{{\mathbb {E}}\log \epsilon _0^ 2} \end{aligned}$$

by the law of large numbers and continuous mapping theorem. By Jensen’s inequality we obtain that

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _1 e^{{\mathbb {E}}\log \epsilon _0^ 2} \le \alpha _1 e^{\log {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 2)} = \alpha _1 < 1. \end{aligned}$$

That is

$$\begin{aligned} \lim _{n\rightarrow \infty } e^{\frac{1}{n} \sum _{j=0}^{n-1} \log A_{t-j}} < 1 \end{aligned}$$

almost surely. This proves (25) which implies that the first series in (23) is almost surely convergent. To obtain (24), it remains to show \(\limsup _{n\rightarrow \infty } L_{t-n}^ {\frac{1}{n}} \le 1\) almost surely. We have

$$\begin{aligned} L_{t-n}^ {\frac{1}{n}} = \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} < 1}L_{t-n}^ {\frac{1}{n}} + \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}L_{t-n}^ {\frac{1}{n}} \le 1 + \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}L_{t-n}^ {\frac{1}{n}} - \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1} \end{aligned}$$

where we have used

$$\begin{aligned} \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n}< 1}L_{t-n}^ {\frac{1}{n}} \le \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} < 1} = 1 - \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}. \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} {\mathbb {P}}\left( \left| \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}L_{t-n}^ {\frac{1}{n}} - \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}\right| \ge \varepsilon \right)&\le \frac{{\mathbb {E}}\left| \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}L_{t-n}^ {\frac{1}{n}} - \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}\right| ^ 2}{\varepsilon ^ 2}\\&= \frac{{\mathbb {E}}\left( \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}\left( L_{t-n}^ {\frac{1}{n}} -1\right) ^ 2\right) }{\varepsilon ^ 2}. \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

Consider now the function \(f_x(a) {:}{=}x^ a\) for \(x\ge 1\) and \(a\ge 0\). Since \(f_x'(a) = x^a\log x\) we obtain by the mean value theorem that

$$\begin{aligned} \left| f_x(a) - f_x(0)\right| \le \max _{0\le b \le a} \left| f_x'(b)\right| a = ax^a\log x. \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}\left( L_{t-n}^ {\frac{1}{n}} -1\right) ^ 2 \le \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}\frac{1}{n^ 2}L_{t-n}^ {\frac{2}{n}} \left( \log L_{t-n}\right) ^ 2. \end{aligned}$$

On the other hand, for \(n\ge 2\) and \(L_{t-n} \ge 1\) it holds that

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{ L_{t-n}^ {\frac{2}{n}} \left( \log L_{t-n}\right) ^ 2}{L_{t-n}^ 2} \le \frac{ \left( \log L_{t-n}\right) ^ 2}{L_{t-n}}< 1, \end{aligned}$$

since for \(x\ge 1\), the function \(g(x) {:}{=}\left( \log x\right) ^ 2x^ {-1}\) has the maximum \(g(e^2) = 4e^ {-2}\). Consequently,

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{{\mathbb {E}}\left( \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}\left( L_{t-n}^ {\frac{1}{n}} -1\right) ^ 2\right) }{\varepsilon ^ 2} < \frac{{\mathbb {E}}\left( \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}L_{t-n}^ 2\right) }{\varepsilon ^ 2 n^ 2} \le \frac{{\mathbb {E}}\left( L_{t-n}^ 2\right) }{\varepsilon ^ 2 n^ 2} \le \frac{C}{\varepsilon ^ 2 n^ 2}. \end{aligned}$$

Hence Borel–Cantelli implies

$$\begin{aligned} \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}L_{t-n}^{\frac{1}{n}} - \mathbb {1}_{L_{t-n} \ge 1}\overset{\text {a.s.}}{\longrightarrow } 0 \end{aligned}$$

which by (26) shows (24). Let us next show that (4) satisfies (2):

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} A_t \sigma _t^ 2 + B_t = \sum _{i=0}^\infty \left( \prod _{j=0}^i A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i-1} + B_t&= \sum _{i=1}^\infty \left( \prod _{j=0}^{i-1} A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i} + B_t\\&= \sum _{i=0}^ \infty \left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i} = \sigma _{t+1}^ 2. \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

This shows that (4) is a solution.

It remains to prove the uniqueness. By (3) we have for every \(t\in {\mathbb {Z}}\) and \(k\in \{0,1,\ldots \}\) that

$$\begin{aligned} \sigma _{t+1}^2 = \left( \prod _{i=0}^k A_{t-i}\right) \sigma _{t-k}^ 2 + \sum _{i=0}^ k\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i}. \end{aligned}$$

Suppose now that there exists two solutions \(\sigma _{t}^2\) and \({\tilde{\sigma }}_t^2\) satisfying \(\sup _{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}{\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _t^2) < \infty \) and \(\sup _{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}{\mathbb {E}}({\tilde{\sigma }}_t^2) < \infty \). Then

$$\begin{aligned} |\sigma _{t+1}^2 - {\tilde{\sigma }}_{t+1}^2| \le \left( \prod _{i=0}^k A_{t-i}\right) \sigma _{t-k}^ 2 + \left( \prod _{i=0}^k A_{t-i}\right) {\tilde{\sigma }}_{t-k}^ 2. \end{aligned}$$

As both terms on the right-side converges in \(L^1\) to zero by Lemma 5, we observe that

$$\begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}|\sigma _{t+1}^2 - {\tilde{\sigma }}_{t+1}^2| = 0 \end{aligned}$$

for all \(t\in {\mathbb {Z}}\) which implies the result. \(\square \)

Proof of Corollary 1

Let k be fixed and define

$$\begin{aligned} H_{k,t}= \sum _{i=0}^ k\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i}. \end{aligned}$$

If L is strictly stationary, then so is \((A_t, B_t)\). Consequently, we have

$$\begin{aligned} \sum _{i=0}^ k\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i} \overset{\text {law}}{=} \sum _{i=0}^ k\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{-j}\right) B_{-i} \end{aligned}$$

for every t. That is, \(H_{k,t} \overset{\text {law}}{=} H_{k,0}\). Since the limits of the both sides exist as \(k\rightarrow \infty \) we have

$$\begin{aligned} \sigma _{t+1}^ 2 = \sum _{i=0}^ \infty \left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i} \overset{\text {law}}{=} \sum _{i=0}^ \infty \left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i-1} A_{-j}\right) B_{-i} = \sigma _1^ 2. \end{aligned}$$

Treating multidimensional distributions similarly concludes the proof. \(\square \)

Proof of Lemma 1

The ”if” part follows from Theorem 3.2 of Karlsen (1990). For the converse, denote \({\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4) = C_\epsilon \) and \({\mathbb {E}}(L_0^2) = C_L\). By (4) we have

$$\begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _{t+1}^4) = {\mathbb {E}}\left( \sum _{i=0}^{\infty } \left( \prod _{j=0}^{i-1} A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i}\right) ^2, \end{aligned}$$

and since all the terms above are positive, both sides are simultaneously finite or infinite. Note also that, as the terms all positive, we may apply Tonelli’s theorem to change the order of summation and integration obtaining

Consider now the first term above. By independence, we obtain

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} \sum _{i=0}^{\infty } {\mathbb {E}}\left( \left( \prod _{j=0}^{i-1} A_{t-j}^2\right) B_{t-i}^2\right)&= \sum _{i=0}^{\infty } \left( \prod _{j=0}^{i-1} \alpha _1^2 C_\epsilon \right) {\mathbb {E}}(B_{t-i}^2)\\&= {\mathbb {E}}(B_0^2)\sum _{i=0}^{\infty } (\alpha _1^{2} C_\epsilon )^i. \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

Consequently, \({\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _0^4) < \infty \) implies \(\alpha _1 < \frac{1}{\sqrt{C_\epsilon }}\), since it is the radius of convergence of the series above. \(\square \)

Proof of Corollary 2

Let \(H_{k,t}\) be defined by (27). By the proof of Lemma 1 we get

$$\begin{aligned} \sum _{i=0}^\infty \left( {\mathbb {E}}\left( \left( \prod _{j=0}^{i-1} A_{t-j}\right) B_{t-i}\right) ^2\right) ^{\frac{1}{2}} < \infty . \end{aligned}$$

Thus \(H_{k,t}\) converges to \(\sigma _{t+1}^2\) in \(L^2\). To conclude the proof, it is straightforward to check that weak stationarity of L implies weak stationarity of \(H_{k,t}\) for every k. \(\square \)

Proof of Lemma 2

First we notice that

$$\begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}(X_0^4) = {\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _0^4\epsilon _0^4) = {\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _0^4){\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4) < \infty \end{aligned}$$

by Lemma 1. Hence, the stationary processes Y and Z have finite second moments. Furthermore, the covariance of Y coincides with the one of \(X^2\). Applying Lemma 1 of Voutilainen et al. (2017) we get

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _1^2\gamma (n) - \alpha _1(\gamma (n+1) + \gamma (n-1)) + \gamma (n) - r(n) = 0 \end{aligned}$$

for every \(n\in {\mathbb {Z}}\), where \(r(\cdot )\) is the autocovariance function of Z. For r(n) with \(n\ge 1\) we obtain

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} r(n)&= {\mathbb {E}}(Z_1Z_{n+1})\\&= {\mathbb {E}}[(\sigma _1^2(\epsilon _1^2-1) + l_1(L_0-1))(\sigma _{n+1}^2(\epsilon _{n+1}^2-1)+l_1(L_n-1))]\\&= l_1^2{\mathbb {E}}[(L_0-1)(L_n-1)] = l_1^2s(n), \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

since the sequences \((\epsilon _t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\) and \((L_t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\) are independent of each other, and \(\epsilon _t\) is independent of \(\sigma _s\) for \(s\le t\). By the same arguments, for \(n=0\) we have

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} r(0)&= {\mathbb {E}}\left[ \left( \sigma _1^2(\epsilon _1^2-1) + l_1(L_0-1)\right) ^2\right] \\&= {\mathbb {E}}\left[ \sigma _1^4(\epsilon _1^2-1)^2\right] + l_1^2{\mathbb {E}}\left[ (l_0-1)^2\right] \\&= {\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _1^4) \mathrm {Var}(\epsilon _0^2) + l_1^2 s(0). \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

Now using (28) and \(\gamma (-1) = \gamma (1)\) completes the proof. \(\square \)

In the remaining we denote

$$\begin{aligned} f(t-s) = {\mathbb {E}}(L_tL_s) = \mathrm {Cov}(L_t,L_s) + 1 = s(t-s)+1. \end{aligned}$$

Lemma 6

Let \(t,s \in {\mathbb {Z}}\). Then

$$\begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _t^ 2 L_s) = \frac{\alpha _0}{1-\alpha _1} + l_1\sum _{i=0}^ \infty \alpha _1^ i f(t-s-i-1) \end{aligned}$$


By (4) and Fubini-Tonelli

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}(\sigma _t^ 2 L_s)&= \sum _{i=0}^\infty \left( \prod _{j=0}^{i-1} \alpha _1 {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _{t-1-j}^ 2)\right) {\mathbb {E}}\left( (\alpha _0+l_1L_{t-1-i})L_s\right) \\&= \alpha _0 \sum _{i=0}^ \infty \alpha _1^ i + l_1\sum _{i=0}^ \infty \alpha _1^ i {\mathbb {E}}(L_{t-1-i} L_s)\\&= \alpha _0 \sum _{i=0}^ \infty \alpha _1^ i + l_1\sum _{i=0}^ \infty \alpha _1^i f(t-s-i-1), \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

where the series converges since \(\alpha _1 <1\) and \({\mathbb {E}}(L_0^2)< \infty \). \(\square \)

We use the following variant of the law of large numbers for consistency of the covariance estimators. The proof based on Chebyshev’s inequality is rather standard and hence omitted. In the case of a weakly stationary sequence, a proof can be found from (Kreiß and Neuhaus 2006, p. 154), or from (Lindgren 2012, p. 65) concerning the continuous time setting.

Lemma 7

Let \((U_1, U_2, \ldots )\) be a sequence of random variables with a mutual expectation. In addition, assume that \(\mathrm {Var}(U_j) \le C\) and \(\left| \mathrm {Cov}(U_j,U_k)\right| \le g(|k-j|)\), where \(g(i)\rightarrow 0\) as \(i\rightarrow \infty \). Then

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{n} \sum _{k=1}^ n U_k \rightarrow {\mathbb {E}}(U_1) \end{aligned}$$

in \(L^2\).

Proof of Lemma 3

By Lemma 7 it suffices to show that \(\mathrm {Cov}(X_0^2X_n^2, X_t^2X_{t+n}^2)\) converges to zero as t tends to infinity. Hence we assume that \(t > n\). By (4)

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}&(X_0^ 2X_n^ 2X_t^ 2X_{t+n}^ 2)\\&= {\mathbb {E}}\sum _{i_1=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_2=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_3=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_4=0}^ \infty \left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-1-j}\right) B_{-1-i_1}\epsilon _0^ 2 \left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{n-1-j}\right) B_{n-1-i_2}\epsilon _n^ 2\\&\quad \left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{t-1-j}\right) B_{t-1-i_3}\epsilon _t^ 2 \left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{t+n-1-j}\right) B_{t+n-1-i_4}\epsilon _{t+n}^ 2. \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

Since the summands are non-negative, we can take the expectation inside. Furthermore, by independence of the sequences \(\epsilon _t\) and \(L_t\) we observe

$$\begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}(X_0^ 2X_n^ 2X_t^ 2X_{t+n}^ 2)&= \sum _{i_1=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_2=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_3=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_4=0}^ \infty {\mathbb {E}}\left( B_{-1-i_1} B_{n-1-i_2} B_{t-1-i_3} B_{t+n-1-i_4}\right) \\&{\mathbb {E}}\left( \epsilon _0^ 2\epsilon _n^ 2\epsilon _t^ 2\epsilon _{t+n}^ 2\prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{n-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{t-1-j}\prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{t+n-1-j}\right) . \end{aligned}$$

Next we justify the use of the dominated convergence theorem in order to change the order of the summations and taking the limit. Consequently, it suffices to study the limits of the terms

$$\begin{aligned}&{\mathbb {E}}\left( \epsilon _0^ 2\epsilon _n^ 2\epsilon _t^ 2\epsilon _{t+n}^ 2\prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{n-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{t-1-j}\prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{t+n-1-j}\right) \nonumber \\&\quad {\mathbb {E}}\left( B_{-1-i_1} B_{n-1-i_2} B_{t-1-i_3} B_{t+n-1-i_4}\right) . \end{aligned}$$

Step 1: finding summable upper bound.

First note that the latter term is bounded by a constant. Indeed, by stationarity of \((B_t)_{t\in {\mathbb {Z}}}\) we can write

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}&\left( B_{-i_1} B_{n-i_2} B_{t-i_3} B_{t+n-i_4}\right) \\&= \alpha _0^ 4 + 4\alpha _0^ 3l_1 + \alpha _0^ 2l_1^ 2\big ({\mathbb {E}}(L_{-i_1}L_{n-i_2}) + {\mathbb {E}}(L_{-i_1}L_{t-i_3})\\&\quad + {\mathbb {E}}(L_{-i_1}L_{t+n-i_4}) + {\mathbb {E}}(L_{n-i_2}L_{t-i_3}) + {\mathbb {E}}(L_{n-i_2}L_{t+n-i_4})\\&\quad + {\mathbb {E}}(L_{t-i_3}L_{t+n-i_4})\big ) + \alpha _0l_1^ 3\big ({\mathbb {E}}(L_{-i_1}L_{n-i_2}L_{t-i_3})\\&\quad + {\mathbb {E}}(L_{-i_1}L_{t-i_3}L_{t+n-i_4}) + {\mathbb {E}}(L_{-i_1}L_{n-i_2}L_{t+n-i_4})\\&\quad + {\mathbb {E}}(L_{n-i_2}L_{t-i_3}L_{t+n-i_4})\big ) + l_1^ 4{\mathbb {E}}(L_{-i_1}L_{n-i_2}L_{t-i_3}L_{t+n-i_4}), \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

which is bounded by a repeated application of Cauchy-Schwarz inequality and the fact that the fourth moment of \(L_0\) is finite.

Consider now the first term in (31). First we recall the elementary fact

$$\begin{aligned} 1 = {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 2) \le \sqrt{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 4)} \le {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 6)^{\frac{1}{3}} \le {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 8)^{\frac{1}{4}} < \infty . \end{aligned}$$

Next note that the first term in (31) is bounded for every set of indices. Indeed, this follows from the independence of \(\epsilon \) and the observation that we obtain terms up to power 8 at most. That is, terms of form \(\epsilon _t^8\) and by assumption, \({\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _t^8) < \infty \). Let now \(n>0\). Then

By computing similarly for \(n=0\), using stationarity of A and Eq. (33), we deduce that

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}&\left( \epsilon _0^ 2\epsilon _n^ 2\epsilon _t^ 2\epsilon _{t+n}^ 2 \prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{n-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{t-1-j}\prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{t+n-1-j}\right) \\&\le C{\mathbb {E}}\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{n-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{t-j}\prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{t+n-j}\right) , \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

where C is a constant. Moreover, by using similar arguments we observe

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}&\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{n-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{t-j}\prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{t+n-j}\right) \\&\le {\mathbb {E}}\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{-j}\prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{-j}\right) . \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

Combining all the estimates above, it thus suffices to prove that

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned}&\sum _{i_1=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_2=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_3=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_4=0}^ \infty {\mathbb {E}}\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{-j}\prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{-j}\right) \\&\le 4! \sum _{i_4=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_3=0}^{i_4} \sum _{i_2=0}^{i_3} \sum _{i_1=0}^{i_2}{\mathbb {E}}\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{-j}\prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{-j}\right) < \infty . \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

Now for \(i_1\le i_2 \le i_3 \le i_4\) we have

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}&\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{-j}\prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{-j}\right) \\&= \alpha _1^ {i_1+i_2+i_3+i_4} {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 8)^ {i_1} {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 6)^ {i_2-i_1} {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)^{i_3-i_2} \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

which yields

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} 4!&\sum _{i_4=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_3=0}^{i_4} \sum _{i_2=0}^{i_3} \sum _{i_1=0}^{i_2}{\mathbb {E}}\left( \prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{-j}\prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{-j}\right) \\&= 4! \sum _{i_4=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_3=0}^{i_4} \sum _{i_2=0}^{i_3} \sum _{i_1=0}^{i_2} \alpha _1^ {i_1+i_2+i_3+i_4} {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 8)^ {i_1} {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 6)^ {i_2-i_1} {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)^{i_3-i_2}\\&= 4! \sum _{i_4=0}^\infty \alpha _1^{i_4} \sum _{i_3=0}^{i_4} \left( \alpha _1 {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 4)\right) ^ {i_3} \sum _{i_2=0}^{i_3} \left( \alpha _1 \frac{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 6)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 4)}\right) ^ {i_2} \sum _{i_1=0}^{i_2} \left( \alpha _1 \frac{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 8)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^ 6)}\right) ^{i_1}. \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} a_1 = \alpha _1 \frac{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^8)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^6)}, \quad a_2 = \alpha _1 \frac{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^6)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)} \quad \text {and}\quad a_3 = \alpha _1 {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4). \end{aligned}$$

Then we need to show that

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} \sum _{i_4=0}^\infty \alpha _1^{i_4} \sum _{i_3=0}^{i_4} a_3^ {i_3} \sum _{i_2=0}^{i_3} a_2^ {i_2} \sum _{i_1=0}^{i_2} a_1^{i_1} < \infty . \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

For this suppose first that \(1 \notin S {:}{=}\{a_1, a_2, a_3, a_1a_2, a_2a_3, a_1a_2a_3\}.\) Then we are able to use geometric sums to obtain

$$\begin{aligned} \sum _{i_1=0}^{i_2} a_1^{i_1} = \frac{1-a_1^{i_2+1}}{1-a_1}\qquad \text {for }a_1\ne 1. \end{aligned}$$

Continuing like this in the iterated sums in (34) we deduce

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} \sum _{i_2=0}^{i_3} a_2^{i_2} (1-a_1^{i_2+1})&= \sum _{i_2=0}^{i_3} a_2^{i_2} - a_1\sum _{i_2=0}^{i_3} (a_1a_2)^{i_2}\\&= \frac{1-a_2^{i_3+1}}{1-a_2} - a_1\frac{1-(a_1a_2)^{i_3+1}}{1-a_1a_2}, \end{aligned} \\ \sum _{i_3=0}^{i_4} a_3^{i_3} (1-a_2^{i_3+1}) = \frac{1-a_3^{i_4+1}}{1-a_3} - a_2\frac{1-(a_2a_3)^{i_4+1}}{1-a_2a_3}, \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} \sum _{i_3=0}^{i_4} a_3^{i_3} (1- (a_1a_2)^{i_3+1}) = \frac{1-a_3^{i_4+1}}{1-a_3} - a_1a_2\frac{1-(a_1a_2a_3)^{i_4+1}}{1-a_1a_2a_3}. \end{aligned}$$

Consequently, it suffices that the following three series converge

$$\begin{aligned} \sum _{i_4=0}^\infty \alpha _1^{i_4}a_3^{i_4+1}, \quad \sum _{i_4=0}^\infty \alpha _1^{i_4} (a_2a_3)^{i_4+1}\quad \text {and}\quad \sum _{i_4=0}^\infty \alpha _1^{i_4} (a_1a_2a_3)^{i_4+1} \end{aligned}$$

yielding constraints

$$\begin{aligned} \alpha _1< \frac{1}{\sqrt{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)}}, \quad \alpha _1< \frac{1}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^6)^{\frac{1}{3}}} \quad \text {and}\quad \alpha _1 <\frac{1}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^8)^{\frac{1}{4}}}. \end{aligned}$$

However, these follow from the assumption \(\alpha _1 <\frac{1}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^8)^{\frac{1}{4}}}\). Finally, if \(1 \in S\) it simply suffices to replace \(a_1,a_2, a_3\) with

$$\begin{aligned} {\tilde{a}}_1 = \alpha _1 \left( \frac{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^8)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^6)}+\delta \right) , \quad {\tilde{a}}_2 = \alpha _1 \left( \frac{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^6)}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)}+\delta \right) \quad \text {and}\quad {\tilde{a}}_3 = \alpha _1 \left( {\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^4)+\delta \right) \end{aligned}$$

such that

$$\begin{aligned} 1 \notin \{{\tilde{a}}_1, {\tilde{a}}_2, {\tilde{a}}_3, {\tilde{a}}_1{\tilde{a}}_2, {\tilde{a}}_2{\tilde{a}}_3, {\tilde{a}}_1{\tilde{a}}_2{\tilde{a}}_3\}. \end{aligned}$$

Choosing \(\delta <0\) small enough the claim follows from the fact that the inequality \(\alpha _1 <\frac{1}{{\mathbb {E}}(\epsilon _0^8)^{\frac{1}{4}}}\) is strict.

Step 2: computing the limit of (30).

By step 1 we can apply dominated convergence theorem in (30). For this let us analyze the limit behaviour of (31). For the latter term we use (32). By assumptions, we have e.g. the following identities:

$$\begin{aligned} \lim _{t\rightarrow \infty } {\mathbb {E}}(L_{t-i_3}L_{t+n-i_4})&=1\\ \lim _{t\rightarrow \infty } {\mathbb {E}}(L_{-i_1} L_{t-i_3}L_{t+n-i_4})&= f(n+i_3-i_4)\\ \lim _{t\rightarrow \infty } {\mathbb {E}}(L_{-i_1}L_{n-i_2}L_{t-i_3}L_{t+n-i_4})&= f(n+i_1-i_2)f(n+i_3-i_4). \end{aligned}$$

Therefore the limit of the latter term of (31) is given by

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned}&\lim _{t\rightarrow \infty }{\mathbb {E}}\left( B_{-i_1} B_{n-i_2} B_{t-i_3} B_{t+n-i_4}\right) \\&\quad = \alpha _0^ 4 + 4\alpha _0^ 3l_1 + \alpha _0^ 2l_1^ 2 \big (4+ f(n+i_1-i_2)+f(n+i_3-i_4)\big )\\&\quad \qquad \ \ +\alpha _0l_1^ 3\big (f(n+i_1-i_2) + f(n+i_3-i_4) + f(n+i_1-i_2)\\&\quad \qquad \ \ + f(n+i_3-i_4)\big ) +l_1^4f(n+i_1-i_2)f(n+i_3-i_4)\\&\quad = (\alpha _0^ 2 + 2\alpha _0l_1+l_1^ 2f(n+i_1-i_2))(\alpha _0^2+2\alpha _0l_1+l_1^ 2f(n+i_3-i_4)). \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

The first term of (31) can be divided into two independent parts whenever t is large enough. More precisely, for \(t > \max \{n+i_3, i_4\}\), we have

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}&\left( \epsilon _0^ 2\epsilon _n^ 2\epsilon _t^ 2\epsilon _{t+n}^ 2\prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{n-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{t-1-j}\prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{t+n-1-j}\right) \\&= {\mathbb {E}}\left( \epsilon _0^ 2\epsilon _n^ 2 \prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{n-1-j}\right) {\mathbb {E}}\left( \epsilon _t^ 2\epsilon _{t+n}^ 2 \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{t-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{t+n-1-j}\right) \\&= {\mathbb {E}}\left( \epsilon _0^ 2\epsilon _n^ 2 \prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{n-1-j}\right) {\mathbb {E}}\left( \epsilon _0^ 2\epsilon _{n}^ 2 \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{n-1-j}\right) , \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

where the last equality follows from stationarity of \(A_t\). Hence

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned}&\lim _{t\rightarrow \infty } {\mathbb {E}}(X_0^ 2X_n^ 2X_t^ 2X_{t+n}^ 2)\\&\quad = \sum _{i_1=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_2=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_3=0}^ \infty \sum _{i_4=0}^ \infty {\mathbb {E}}\left( \epsilon _0^ 2\epsilon _n^ 2 \prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1} A_{-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_2-1} A_{n-1-j}\right) \\&\quad {\mathbb {E}}\left( \epsilon _0^ 2\epsilon _{n}^ 2 \prod _{j=0}^ {i_3-1} A_{-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^ {i_4-1} A_{n-1-j}\right) \\&\quad (\alpha _0^ 2 + 2\alpha _0l_1+l_1^ 2f(n+i_1-i_2))(\alpha _0^2+2\alpha _0l_1+l_1^ 2f(n+i_3-i_4)). \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

On the other hand, by (4)

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} {\mathbb {E}}(X_0^ 2X_n^ 2)&= \sum _{i_1 = 0}^\infty \sum _{i_2=0}^ \infty {\mathbb {E}}\left( \epsilon _0^ 2 \epsilon _n^ 2\prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1}A_{-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^{i_2-1} A_{n-1-j}\right) \\&\qquad \qquad \qquad {\mathbb {E}}\left( (\alpha _0+l_1L_{-1-i_1}) (\alpha _0 + l_1L_{n-1-i_2})\right) \\&= \sum _{i_1 = 0}^\infty \sum _{i_2=0}^ \infty {\mathbb {E}}\left( \epsilon _0^ 2 \epsilon _n^ 2\prod _{j=0}^ {i_1-1}A_{-1-j} \prod _{j=0}^{i_2-1} A_{n-1-j}\right) \\&\qquad \qquad \qquad (\alpha _0^ 2 + 2\alpha _0l_1 + l_1^ 2f(n+i_1-i_2)). \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

Consequently, we conclude that

$$\begin{aligned} \lim _{t\rightarrow \infty } {\mathbb {E}}(X_0^ 2X_n^ 2X_t^ 2X_{t+n}^ 2) = {\mathbb {E}}(X_0^2 X_n^ 2)^ 2 \end{aligned}$$

proving the claim. \(\square \)

Proof of Theorem 2

Since the assumptions of Lemma 3 are satisfied, so are the assumptions of Lemma 4 implying that the autocovariance estimators, the mean and the second moment estimator of \(X_t^2\) are consistent. The claim follows from the continuous mapping theorem. \(\square \)

Table 1 Table of means and standard deviations corresponding to fBm liquidity with \(H=\frac{4}{5}\)
Table 2 Table of percentages of the estimates lying on their theoretical intervals corresponding to fBm liquidity with \(H=\frac{4}{5}\)

Appendix B: Tables

In Table 1 we have presented means and standard deviations of the estimates with different sample sizes. In addition, we have provided Table 2 demonstrating how the estimates match their theoretical intervals \(0 \le \alpha _0\), \(0< \alpha _1 < 105^{- \frac{1}{4}}\) and \(0 < l_1\). We can see that multiplying the mean squared error (RMSE) provided by Table 1 with \(N^H\), the power H of the sample size, gives us evidence of the convergence rates of the estimators.

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Voutilainen, M., Ilmonen, P., Torres, S. et al. On the ARCH model with stationary liquidity. Metrika 84, 195–224 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00184-020-00779-x

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  • ARCH model
  • Stationarity
  • Estimation
  • Consistency

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