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Exchange Rates as Exchange Rate Common Factors

  • Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy

    (Bureau of Economic Analysis)

  • Nelson C. Mark

    (University of Notre Dame and National Bureau of Economic Research and Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research)

  • Donggyu Sul

    (University of Texas at Dallas)

  • Jyh-Lin Wu

    (National Sun Yat Sen University)

Factor analysis performed on a panel of 23 nominal exchange rates from January 1999 to December 2010 yields three common factors. This paper identifies the euro/dollar, Swiss-franc/dollar and yen/dollar exchange rates as empirical counterparts to these common factors. These empirical factors explain a large proportion of exchange rate variation over time and have significant in-sample and out-of-sample predictive power.

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Paper provided by Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research in its series Working Papers with number 212012.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hkm:wpaper:212012
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