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Foreign Exchange Market Intervention


  • Vicki Newman

    (Reserve Bank of Australia)

  • Chris Potter

    (Reserve Bank of Australia)

  • Michelle Wright

    (Reserve Bank of Australia)


The Reserve Bank’s approach to foreign exchange market intervention has evolved since the float of the Australian dollar in 1983, as the Australian foreign exchange market has developed and market participants have become better equipped to manage their foreign exchange risk. Over time, foreign exchange market intervention has become much less frequent and more targeted towards addressing periods of market dysfunction. This article presents a new dataset and summarises the key characteristics of major intervention episodes since the late 1980s. Some simple regression analysis is undertaken to gauge the effectiveness of these interventions, but the results mainly illustrate the inherent limitations of such exercises.

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  • Vicki Newman & Chris Potter & Michelle Wright, 2011. "Foreign Exchange Market Intervention," RBA Bulletin, Reserve Bank of Australia, pages 67-76, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rba:rbabul:dec2011-07

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    1. Kulish Mariano & Kent Christopher & Smith Kathryn, 2010. "Aging, Retirement, and Savings: A General Equilibrium Analysis," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 10(1), pages 1-32, July.
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    4. Nuttathum Chutasripanich & James Yetman, 2015. "Foreign exchange intervention: strategies and effectiveness," BIS Working Papers 499, Bank for International Settlements.


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