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FX strategies in periods of distress

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  • Jacob Gyntelberg
  • Andreas Schrimpf

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This article presents an overview of widely practised short-term multicurrency investment strategies such as carry trade, momentum and term spread strategies. We provide evidence on their downside risk properties and illustrate their performance over historical episodes of financial market turmoil. We show that the strategies exhibit substantial tail risks and that they do not perform uniformly during distress periods in global markets. Interestingly, equity market investments feature even greater downside risk.

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Article provided by Bank for International Settlements in its journal BIS Quarterly Review.

Volume (Year): (2011)
Issue (Month): (December)
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Handle: RePEc:bis:bisqtr:1112e

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  1. Lukas Menkhoff & Lucio Sarno & Maik Schmeling & Andreas Schrimpf, 2012. "Currency Momentum Strategies," Working Paper Series 09_12, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
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  1. Robert N McCauley, 2012. "Risk-on/risk-off, capital flows, leverage and safe assets," BIS Working Papers 382, Bank for International Settlements.

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