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The Currency Composition of Foreign Exchange Reserves

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  • Michael P. Dooley

    (International Monetary Fund)

  • J. Saul Lizondo

    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Donald J. Mathieson

    (International Monetary Fund)

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Determinants of the currency composition of foreign exchange reserves are examined for both industrial and developing countries. Empirical results indicate that the currency composition of reserves during the period 1976-85 has been influenced by each country's exchange rate arrangements, trade flows with reserve-currency countries, and the currency in which its debt service payments are denominated. The evidence suggests that managing the currency composition of a country's net foreign asset position is done more cheaply by altering the currency of denomination of assets and liabilities that are not held as reserve assets.

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  • Michael P. Dooley & J. Saul Lizondo & Donald J. Mathieson, 1989. "The Currency Composition of Foreign Exchange Reserves," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 36(2), pages 385-434, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:imfstp:v:36:y:1989:i:2:p:385-434
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