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The Forward Premium Puzzle Revisited

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  • Guy Meredith
  • Yue Ma
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The forward premium is a notoriously poor predictor of exchange rate movements. This failure must reflect deviations from risk neutrality and/or rational expectations. In addition, a mechanism is needed that generates the appropriate correlation between the forward premium and shocks arising from risk premia or expectations errors. This paper extends McCallum (1994) to show how such a correlation can arise from the response of monetary policy to output and inflation, which are in turn affected by the exchange rate. The theoretical models considered all generate results that are consistent with the forward premium being a biased predictor of short-term exchange rate movements; the bias decreases, however, as the horizon of the exchange rate change lengthens. Another common feature of the models is that the true reduced-form equation for exchange rate changes contains variables other than the interest differential, providing a justification for "eclectic" relationships for forecasting exchange rates. The results, however, remain consistent with using uncovered interest parity as a building block for structural models.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 02/28.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2002
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Keywords: Exchange rates; exchange rate; equation; correlation; exchange rate changes; equations; exchange rate movements; real exchange rate; exchange rate change; exchange markets; standard deviations; exchange rate appreciation; samples; forecasting; sample size; covariances; foreign exchange; autocorrelation; sample sizes; sampling; exchange rate regimes; standard errors; covariance; statistics; standard deviation; nominal exchange rate; foreign exchange markets; forward exchange; random variables; sampling error; random number; floating exchange rate; random number generator; causation; floating correlations; floating exchange rate regimes; volatility in forward exchange rate; real numerical values; current exchange rate; linear model; dynamic linear model; exchange rate shocks; forward spot exchange rate; analytical methods; calibration; sampling distribution; effect of exchange rate changes; sample bias; parameter estimate; finite sample; stochastic model; population parameter; linear models; exchange rate economics; orthogonality; simulation results;

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Cited by:
  1. Charles Engel & Kenneth D. West, 2004. "Taylor Rules and the Deutschmark-Dollar Real Exchange Rate," NBER Working Papers 10995, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Kashif Mansori, 2003. "Following in their Footsteps: Comparing Interest Parity Conditions in Central European Economies to the Euro Countries," CESifo Working Paper Series 1020, CESifo Group Munich.

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