The Introduction Of Emerging Currencies Into A Portfolio: Towards A More Complete Diversification Model
AbstractWe draw on portfolio theory and international diversification in order to analyse strategies allowing to reduce emerging economies' exposure to exchange-rate risk. We show in particular that it may be efficient for an investor, in terms of maximising the return-to-risk ratio, to build up a portfolio of emerging-country assets denominated in local currency - unhedged against currency risk - compared with a strategy including emerging-country securities denominated in foreign currencies. This strategy would lead to a reduction in the original sin (i.e. the inability of emerging economies to borrow in local currency), and de facto to a reduction in currency mismatches in the balance sheets of emerging economies.
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International portfolio diversification; Original Sin; Emerging countries; Downside risk;
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- Stéphanie Prat & Sophie Brana, 2010. "The Introduction of Emerging Currencies into a Portfolio: Towards a more Complete Diversification Model," Economie Internationale, CEPII research center, issue 121, pages 5-24.
- G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
- E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
- F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
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