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The Exchange Rate Effect of Multi-Currency Risk Arbitrage

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  • Harald Hau

    (University of Geneva, Swiss Finance Institute, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute))

Abstract

This paper (i) proposes a simple multi-currency model of speculative foreign exchange (FX) trading, (ii) uses a natural experiment to identify the implied components of the optimal trading strategy, and (iii) proposes a new spectral inference method to strengthen the statistical evidence on the predicted shortrun exchange rate dynamics. Cross-sectional currency hedging effects are shown to be qualitatively large in their price impact and can contribute to the disconnect between exchange rates and fundamentals.

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  • Harald Hau, 2012. "The Exchange Rate Effect of Multi-Currency Risk Arbitrage," Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series 12-07, Swiss Finance Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:chf:rpseri:rp1207
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    Keywords

    Speculation; Limited Arbitrage; Hedging; Exchange Rate Disconnect;

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    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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