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No Puzzle: The Foreign Exchange Exposure of Australian Firms

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In this paper we analyze the influence of currency movements on the value of Australian firms listed on the S&P/ASX 100 index for a period from 1980 - 2010 using daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly returns. The study estimates unconditional and conditional, time-varying and asymmetric, exchange rate exposure. We find a strong cross-sectional dispersion of excess exposure coefficients around a weakly positive average exposure. Also, the strength of the FX exposure increases from daily to quarterly sample frequencies and across time. We argue that the weak positive exposure of firms on average is consistent with the Australian dollar being a commodity currency and with theoretical predictions.

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Paper provided by Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney in its series Working Paper Series with number 168.

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Length: 31
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2012
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Handle: RePEc:uts:wpaper:168

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Keywords: exchange rate risk; excess exposure; totoal exposure; pass-through;

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