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Interest-Rate Arbitrage in Currency Baskets: Forecasting Weights and Measuring Risk

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  • Christoffersen, Peter F
  • Giorgianni, Lorenzo

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We use a time series modeling approach to address two related questions of interest to foreign-exchange market participants and policy makers dealing with basket currencies. First, how are unknown weights appropriately extracted from basket currencies? Second, how does one correctly account for the risk--in terms of conditional variance of expected profits--that time-varying weights add to the standard basket-hedge position? We suggest a methodology that can provide answers to these questions and apply it to the heavily traded Thai baht currency basket.

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  • Christoffersen, Peter F & Giorgianni, Lorenzo, 2000. "Interest-Rate Arbitrage in Currency Baskets: Forecasting Weights and Measuring Risk," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, American Statistical Association, vol. 18(2), pages 242-253, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bes:jnlbes:v:18:y:2000:i:2:p:242-53
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