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Heterogeneous beliefs in macroeconomic growth prospects and the carry risk premium

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To understand macroeconomic risks underlying currency carry trades, I propose exploiting rich source of information from analysts’ economic growth forecasts. Specifically, I obtain measures of global growth prospects from the cross-analyst distribution of real GDP growth forecasts. I find that the global measure of skewness in forecasts negatively predicts returns both for the G10 carry and for the carry based on a wide range of currencies. The global skewness measure is found to play a more robust role compared to the global expected growth or dispersion measure. Using a model of heterogeneous beliefs, I illustrate that the consumption risk of the unbiased agent can increase because of the presence of a pessimist, who negatively skews the forecast distribution. The additional consumption risk translates to higher currency risk, introducing a source of the carry risk premium.

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  • Park, Sunjin, 2022. "Heterogeneous beliefs in macroeconomic growth prospects and the carry risk premium," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 136(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:136:y:2022:i:c:s0378426621003447
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2021.106393
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    Keywords

    Foreign exchange rate; Carry trade; Macroeconomic forecast; Heterogeneous beliefs;
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    JEL classification:

    • D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General

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