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Predictability in implied volatility surfaces: evidence from the Euro OTC FX market

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Predictability in implied volatility surfaces : evidence from the Euro OTC FX market. / Chalamandaris, Georgios; Tsekrekos, Andrianos.

In: European Journal of Finance, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2014, p. 33-58.

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Chalamandaris, Georgios ; Tsekrekos, Andrianos. / Predictability in implied volatility surfaces : evidence from the Euro OTC FX market. In: European Journal of Finance. 2014 ; Vol. 20, No. 1. pp. 33-58.

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