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Is Exchange Rate Trading Profitable?

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  • Narayan, Paresh Kumar
  • Mishra, Sagarika
  • Narayan, Seema
  • Thuraisamy, Kannan

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We test whether exchange rate trading is profitable in the emerging markets of Brazil, China, India, and South Africa. Using momentum trading strategies applied to high frequency data, we discover that: (a) momentum-based trading strategies lead to statistically significant profits from the currencies of all four emerging markets; (b) the South African Rand is generally the most profitable, followed by the Brazilian Real and the Indian Rupee; (c) profits are persistent during the day and are trading frequency dependent; and (d) during the period of the global financial crisis currency profits were maximised.

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  • Narayan, Paresh Kumar & Mishra, Sagarika & Narayan, Seema & Thuraisamy, Kannan, 2015. "Is Exchange Rate Trading Profitable?," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 217-229.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:intfin:v:38:y:2015:i:c:p:217-229
    DOI: 10.1016/j.intfin.2015.05.015
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