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Psychological Barriers in the Foreign Exchange Market

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  • De Grauwe, Paul
  • Decupere, Danny
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    This paper undertakes an empirical analysis of the existence of psychological barriers in the dollar/DM and the dollar/yen exchange markets. Psychological barriers occur when agents attach some special importance to the last trailing digits of the price of an asset or a currency. Our empirical results indicate that psychological barriers exist and are significant in the dollar-yen market. Market exchange rates tend to resist movements towards numbers such as 130, 140, ... yen per dollar etc. In addition, once these barriers have been crossed, exchange rates accelerate away from them. The evidence of psychological barriers in the dollar/DM market is less clear-cut.

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    Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 621.

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    Date of creation: Jan 1992
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    Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:621

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    Keywords: Exchange rate; Market efficiency; Psychological barriers;

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    1. Mitchell, Jason & Izan, H.Y., 2006. "Clustering and psychological barriers in exchange rates," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 16(4), pages 318-344, October.
    2. Menkhoff, Lukas & Taylor, Mark P., 2006. "The Obstinate Passion of Foreign Exchange Professionals : Technical Analysis," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 769, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
    3. Narayan, Paresh Kumar & Narayan, Seema & Popp, Stephan, 2011. "Investigating price clustering in the oil futures market," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 88(1), pages 397-402, January.
    4. L. Menkhoff & M. Schlumberger, 1995. "Persistent profitability of technical analysis on foreign exchange markets?," Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 48(193), pages 189-215.
    5. Carol L. Osler, 2001. "Currency orders and exchange-rate dynamics: explaining the success of technical analysis," Staff Reports 125, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
    6. Almekinders, G.J., 1993. "Theories on the scope for foreign exchange market intervention," Discussion Paper 1993-42, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
    7. Carol L. Osler, 2003. "Currency Orders and Exchange Rate Dynamics: An Explanation for the Predictive Success of Technical Analysis," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 58(5), pages 1791-1820, October.
    8. Cyree, Ken B. & Domian, Dale L. & Louton, David A. & Yobaccio, Elizabeth J., 1999. "Evidence of psychological barriers in the conditional moments of major world stock indices," Review of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 8(1), pages 73-91, June.

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