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The evaluation of the Canadian BAX contract in managing short-term interest rate exposure

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  • John J. Siam
  • S.M. Khalid Nainar

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to document stylized features and market behaviour of the Canadian Bankers' Acceptance Futures (BAX) contract; and outlook for the BAX contract as the dominant instrument to manage Canadian short-term interest rate exposure. Design/methodology/approach - The paper adopts GARCH methodology to model the time-varying nature of the volatility of prices in the context of hedging and presents a time-varying estimation of the hedge ratios between the BAX contract and major Canadian money market instruments. Findings - The key finding is that the growth of the BAX Market hinges on the further development of the Canadian money market and its appeal to the international investor. Originality/value - The paper demonstrates the suitability of the BAX contract as a tool in managing Canadian short-term interest rate exposure for both domestic and international investors.

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  • John J. Siam & S.M. Khalid Nainar, 2010. "The evaluation of the Canadian BAX contract in managing short-term interest rate exposure," Review of Accounting and Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 9(1), pages 88-110, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:rafpps:v:9:y:2010:i:1:p:88-110
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