Maximum likelihood estimates are obtained for long data sets of bivariate financial returns using mixing representation of the bivariate (skew) Variance Gamma (VG) and two (skew) t distributions. By analysing simulated and real data, issues such as asymptotic lower tail dependence and competitiveness of the three models are illustrated. A brief review of the properties of the models is included. The present paper is a companion to papers in this journal by Demarta & McNeil and Finlay & Seneta.
- Asymptotic tail dependence
- Maximum likelihood estimation
- Multivariate skew distribution
- Skew t distributions
- Skew Variance Gamma distribution
- Tail behaviour