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What drives the growth in FX activity? Interpreting the 2007 triennial survey

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  • Gabriele Galati
  • Alexandra Heath

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The most recent BIS triennial survey shows that turnover in foreign exchange markets increased by more than 70% over the three years to April 2007. Two specific findings stand out. First, the growth in transactions between banks and other financial institutions was particularly strong, consistent with the increasing importance of hedge funds, as well as portfolio diversification by institutional investors with a longer-term horizon, such as pension funds. Second, there has been a marked increase in turnover involving emerging market currencies.

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  • Gabriele Galati & Alexandra Heath, 2007. "What drives the growth in FX activity? Interpreting the 2007 triennial survey," BIS Quarterly Review, Bank for International Settlements, December.
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    1. Gabriele Galati & Alexandra Heath & Patrick McGuire, 2007. "Evidence of carry trade activity," BIS Quarterly Review, Bank for International Settlements, September.
    2. Corrinne Ho & Guonan Ma & Robert N McCauley, 2005. "Trading Asian currencies," BIS Quarterly Review, Bank for International Settlements, March.
    3. Bank for International Settlements, 2007. "Institutional investors, global savings and asset allocation," CGFS Papers, Bank for International Settlements, number 27.
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    1. Vladimir Borgy & Julien Idier & Gaƫlle Le Fol, 2010. "Liquidity Problems in the FX Liquid Market : Ask for the BIL" "," Working Papers 2010-16, Center for Research in Economics and Statistics.
    2. Menton, Aisling, 2008. "Irish Results of the BIS Foreign Exchange and Over-the-Counter Derivatives Survey 2007," Quarterly Bulletin Articles, Central Bank of Ireland, pages 89-102, April.
    3. Seemann, Lars & McCauley, Joseph L. & Gunaratne, Gemunu H., 2011. "Intraday volatility and scaling in high frequency foreign exchange markets," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 20(3), pages 121-126, June.
    4. Geetesh Bhardwaj & Gary Gorton & K. Rouwenhorst, 2008. "Fooling Some of the People All of the Time: The Inefficient Performance and Persistence of Commodity Trading Advisors," Yale School of Management Working Papers amz2429, Yale School of Management.
    5. Yosuke Tsuyuguchi & Philip D Wooldridge, 2008. "The evolution of trading activity in Asian foreign exchange markets," BIS Working Papers 252, Bank for International Settlements.
    6. Tsuyuguchi, Yosuke & Wooldridge, Philip D., 2008. "The evolution of trading activity in Asian foreign exchange markets," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 9(4), pages 231-246, December.
    7. Yosuke Tsuyuguchi & Philip Wooldridge, 2008. "The evolution of trading activity in Asian foreign exchange markets," Bank of Japan Working Paper Series 08-E-5, Bank of Japan.
    8. Boschen, John F. & Smith, Kimberly J., 2016. "The uncovered interest rate parity anomaly and trading activity by non-dealer financial firms," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 333-342.

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    JEL classification:

    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General

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