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International Currency Exposures, Valuation Effects, and the Global Financial Crisis

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We examine the evolution of international currency exposures, with a particular focus on the 2002-12 period. During the run up to the global financial crisis, there was a widespread shift towards positive net foreign currency positions, such that relatively few countries exhibited the archetypal emerging-market short foreign currency" position on the eve of the global financial crisis. During the crisis, the upheaval in currency markets generated substantial currency-generated valuation effects - much of which were not reversed. There is some evidence that the distribution of valuation effects was stabilizing in the sense of showing a negative covariation pattern with pre-crisis net foreign asset positions.

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  • Jay C. Shambaugh, 2015. "International Currency Exposures, Valuation Effects, and the Global Financial Crisis," Working Papers 2015-3, The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy.
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    valuation effects; exchange rates; currency exposure; global financial crisis;
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    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration

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