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Analysis of spreads in the dollar/euro and deutschemark/dollar foreign exchange markets

  • Charles Goodhart
  • Ryan Love
  • Richard Payne
  • Dagfinn Rime

This paper tries to provide a simple explanation for the empirical finding, documented here and also by Hau, Killeen and Moore (2002), that spreads in the spot USD/EUR market are substantially higher than those in the preceding DEM/USD foreign exchange market. The paper argues that it is primarily the re-factoring of the exchange rate, 1.75 DEM per USD compared to 1 USD per EUR together with the fact that dealers are faced with a minimum tick size, that has caused spreads to increase (as a percentage of mid-quote).

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Article provided by CEPR & CES & MSH in its journal Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 17 (2002)
Issue (Month): 35 (October)
Pages: 535-552

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecpoli:v:17:y:2002:i:35:p:535-552
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