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Nonlinearity as an Explanation of the Forward Exchange Rate Anomaly

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  • Derek Bond

    (University of Ulster)

  • Niall Hession

    (University of Ulster)

  • Michael J Harrison

    (University College Dublin)

  • Edward J O’Brien

    (European Central Bank)

Abstract

This paper shows that nonlinearity can provide an explanation for the forward exchange rate anomaly (Fama, 1984). Using sterling-Canadian dollar data, and modelling nonlinearity of unspecified form by means of a random field, we find strong evidence of time-wise nonlinearity and, significantly, obtain parameter estimates that conform with theory to a high degree of precision: the anomaly disappears.

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Paper provided by School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200801.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: 30 Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:200801

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Keywords: Forward exchange rate anomaly; nonlinearity; random field regression;

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