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Does the Forward Premium/Discount Help to Predict the Future Change in the Exchange Rate?

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  • Goodhart, Charles A E
  • McMahon, Patrick C
  • Ngama, Yerima Lawan

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This paper reexamines the relationship between the spot exchange rate depreciation and the forward premium. Many researchers report a negative, and occasionally significant, coefficient when the spot depreciation is regressed on the forward premium. The authors' analysis reveals that such findings are due to the presence of structural breaks and/or outliers in the data. After allowing for these, the forward premium has no information at all about the future change in the spot exchange rate. This finding is a direct implication of the spot rate being, approximately, a random walk and the covered interest parity holding. Copyright 1992 by Scottish Economic Society.

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  • Goodhart, Charles A E & McMahon, Patrick C & Ngama, Yerima Lawan, 1992. "Does the Forward Premium/Discount Help to Predict the Future Change in the Exchange Rate?," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 39(2), pages 129-140, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:39:y:1992:i:2:p:129-40
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    1. Pippenger, John E, 2010. "The Solution to the Forward-Bias and Related Puzzles," University of California at Santa Barbara, Economics Working Paper Series qt6br3599r, Department of Economics, UC Santa Barbara.
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    7. Pippenger, John E, 2009. "The Forward-Bias Puzzle: A Solution Based on Covered Interest Parity," University of California at Santa Barbara, Economics Working Paper Series qt05d0t24b, Department of Economics, UC Santa Barbara.
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