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Exchange rate forecasters’ performance: evidence of skill?

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  • MacDonald, Ronald
  • Menkhoff, Lukas
  • Rebitzky, Rafael R.

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This paper sheds new light on a long-standing puzzle in the international finance literature, namely, that exchange rate expectations appear inaccurate and even irrational. We find for a comprehensive dataset that individual forecasters’ performance is skill-based. ‘Superior’ forecasters show consistent ability as their forecasting success holds across currencies. They seem to possess knowledge on the role of fundamentals in explaining exchange rate behavior, as indicated by better interest rate forecasts. Superior forecasters are more experienced than the median forecaster and have fewer personnel responsibilities. Accordingly, foreign exchange markets may function in less puzzling and irrational ways than is often thought.

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Paper provided by Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) in its series SIRE Discussion Papers with number 2009-10.

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Keywords: Foreign exchange market; individual exchange rate forecasts; interest rate forecasts; forecaster experience;

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