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Foreign Exchange Hedging and the Interest Rate Defense

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  • Peter M. Garber
  • Michael G. Spencer

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In the endgame of a fixed exchange rate regime, increases in interest rates to defend the currency may lead to an apparently perverse market response: further downward pressure on the exchange rate. This may result if a large proportion of investors' foreign exchange exposure is dynamically hedged. This paper describes the trading operations involved in implementing dynamic hedges and the impact of these operations on central bank policy. The success of an interest rate defense hinges on the size and timing of the funding operations of those who are being squeezed relative to those engaged in dynamic hedging.

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Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal International Monetary Fund Staff Papers.

Volume (Year): 42 (1995)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 490-516

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  1. Giancarlo Marini & Giovanni Piersanti, 2012. "Models of Speculative Attacks and Crashes in International Capital Markets," CEIS Research Paper, Tor Vergata University, CEIS 245, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 24 Jul 2012.
  2. Drazen, Allan, 2000. "Interest-rate and borrowing defense against speculative attack," Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 53(1), pages 303-348, December.
  3. Krueger, Malte, 1999. "Dynamic hedging in currency crisis," Economics Letters, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 62(3), pages 347-350, March.
  4. Maria Aguirre & Reza Saidi, 2000. "Volatility behavior of exchange rate future contracts," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 28(4), pages 396-411, December.
  5. Woosik Moon & Yeongseop Rhee, 2006. "Spot and foward market intervention during the 1997 Korean currency crisis," Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 59(238), pages 243-268.
  6. Árvai, Zsófia & Vincze, János, 1998. "Valuták sebezhetősége pénzügyi válságok a kilencvenes években
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    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(6), pages 509-533.
  7. Woosik Moon & Yeongseop Rhee, 2006. "Spot and foward market intervention during the 1997 Korean currency crisis," BNL Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 59(238), pages 243-268.

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