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Intertemporal risk-return trade-off in foreign exchange rates

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  • Charlotte, Christiansen

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We investigate the intertemporal risk-return trade-off of foreign exchange (FX) rates for ten currencies quoted against the USD. For each currency, we use three risk measures simultaneously that pertain to that currency; its realized volatility, its realized skewness, and its value-at-risk. We apply monthly FX excess returns and risk measures calculated from daily observations. We find that there is a significant contemporaneous risk-return trade-off for the currencies under investigation. There is no evidence of noncontemporaneous risk-return trade-off. We pay special attention to the risk-return trade-off during the recent financial crisis.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money.

Volume (Year): 21 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 535-549

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Handle: RePEc:eee:intfin:v:21:y:2011:i:4:p:535-549

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Keywords: Foreign exchange rates Risk-return trade-off Realized volatility Realized skewness Value-at-risk;

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  1. Doukas, John A. & Zhang, Hao, 2013. "The performance of NDF carry trades," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 172-190.
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