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The Time Variation of Expected Returns and Volatility in Foreign-Exchange Markets

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  • Bekaert, Geert

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This paper analyzes the time variation in conditional means and variances of monthly and quarterly excess dollar returns on Eurocurrency investments. All results are based on a vector autoregression with weekly sampled data on exchange rate changes and forward premiums of three currencies. Both past exchange rate changes and forward premiums predict future forward market returns. Moreover, past forward premium volatilities predict the volatility of exchange rates. Expected forward market returns are very variable, persistent, and exhibit marked comovements. These results carry over to cross-rate (for example yen/mark) investments as well.

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  • Bekaert, Geert, 1995. "The Time Variation of Expected Returns and Volatility in Foreign-Exchange Markets," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, American Statistical Association, vol. 13(4), pages 397-408, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bes:jnlbes:v:13:y:1995:i:4:p:397-408
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