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Transparency versus constructive ambiguity in foreign exchange intervention

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  • Priscilla Chiu

    (Hong Kong Monetary Authority)

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    Based on a survey of 10 central banks and a review of existing literature, this paper examines the choice between transparency versus ambiguity in central banks' foreign exchange intervention. Three case studies - Canada, Hong Kong SAR and Japan - are presented to highlight the problems facing central banks in this choice, and the changes that have been made to cope with those challenges.

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    Paper provided by Bank for International Settlements in its series BIS Working Papers with number 144.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:bis:biswps:144

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    Keywords: foreign exchange intervention; transparency versus constructive ambiguity;

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    1. Christopher J. Neely, 2001. "The practice of central bank intervention: looking under the hood," Review, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, issue May, pages 1-10.
    2. Carmen M. Reinhart & Kenneth S. Rogoff, 2002. "The Modern History of Exchange Rate Arrangements: A Reinterpretation," NBER Working Papers 8963, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Fatum, Rasmus & Hutchison, Michael, 1999. "Is Intervention a Signal of Future Monetary Policy? Evidece from the Federal Funds Futures Market," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 31(1), pages 54-69, February.
    4. Dominguez, Kathryn M. E., 2003. "The market microstructure of central bank intervention," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(1), pages 25-45, January.
    5. Fischer, Andreas M & Zurlinden, Mathias, 1998. "Interventions Versus Customer Transactions: An Alternative Test of the Signalling Hypothesis," CEPR Discussion Papers 1864, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    6. Kathryn M. Dominguez, 1993. "Does Central Bank Intervention Increase the Volatility of Foreign Exchange Rates?," NBER Working Papers 4532, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    7. Martin D. D. Evans & Richard K. Lyons, 2001. "Portfolio Balance, Price Impact, and Secret Intervention," NBER Working Papers 8356, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    8. Edison, H.J., 1993. "The Effectiveness of Central-Bank Intervention: A Survey of the Litterature after 1982," Princeton Studies in International Economics 18, International Economics Section, Departement of Economics Princeton University,.
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