Predicting financial volatility from personal transactional data

Rui Ying Goh, Galina Andreeva, Yi Cao

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Abstract

Cash flow transactions of individuals fluctuate over time and can be irregular. Financial volatility measures the variation of individuals' financial behaviours i.e., the degree of uncertainty from the cash flow fluctuations. The evaluation of financial volatility is important in order to identify potentially risky behaviours that may harm financial wellbeing. This study predicts financial volatility from transactional data coming from current accounts. In this work, we develop a financial volatility composite index as the target variable, which simultaneously accounts for the fluctuations in income, expenditure, and financial buffer (or balance). Then, we fit a linear regression model to investigate the relationship between transactional behaviours and financial volatility. Lastly, we compare the performance of linear regression with XGBoost, a machine learning algorithm, in predicting financial volatility. We observe some risky volatile behaviours that imply financial difficulties. High financial volatility signals an increased risk, if it is associated with potential financial struggles that require long term dependence on overdraft, lower spending on fixed and living costs, or problems in catching up with regular financial commitments. At the same time, low financial volatility may be implying an increased risk too, if it is associated with restricted transactions due to extreme negative balances or consistent heavy overdraft usage. In general, the proposed financial volatility predictive model provides insights into the implicit risk of customers and their vulnerability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics, CIFEr 2022 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665442343
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2022
Event2022 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics, CIFEr 2022 - Virtual, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 4 May 20225 May 2022

Publication series

Name2022 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics, CIFEr 2022 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2022 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics, CIFEr 2022
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityVirtual, Helsinki
Period4/05/225/05/22

Keywords

  • financial volatility
  • Open Banking
  • transactional data

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