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Pension Fund Managers and the Structure of the Foreign Exchange Market


  • Hernando Vargas


  • Yanneth Rocio Betancourt



The effects of the Pension Fund Managers (PFM) behavior on the Foreign Exchange (FX) market may be important, given the size of their portfolio and their possible market power. Some authors argue that when big investors like PFM trade large volumes in the FX market, they may infl uence other agents’ decisions, increasing the impact on the exchange rate. However, when PFM have market power, they will take into account their infl uence on the exchange rate and will moderate their trading volume. This paper seeks to demonstrate the existence of this “mitigating effect” under different theoretical FX market structures.

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  • Hernando Vargas & Yanneth Rocio Betancourt, 2007. "Pension Fund Managers and the Structure of the Foreign Exchange Market," Revista ESPE - Ensayos sobre Política Económica, Banco de la Republica de Colombia, vol. 25(54), pages 122-155, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdr:ensayo:v:25:y:2007:i:54:p:122-155

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    1. Frankel, Jeffrey A & Froot, Kenneth A, 1987. "Using Survey Data to Test Standard Propositions Regarding Exchange Rate Expectations," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 77(1), pages 133-153, March.
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    pension funds; foreign exchange market; market power;

    JEL classification:

    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection


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