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Private Information, Capital Flows, and Exchange Rates

  • Jacob Gyntelberg
  • Subhanij Tientip
  • Mico Loretan

We demonstrate empirically that not all capital flows influence exchange rates equally: Capital flows induced by foreign investors’ stock market transactions have both an economically significant and a permanent impact on exchange rates, whereas capital flows induced by foreign investors’ transactions in government bond markets do not. We relate these differences in the price impact of capital flows to differences in the amounts of private information conveyed by these flows. Our empirical findings are based on novel, daily-frequency datasets on prices and quantities of all transactions of foreign investors in the stock, bond, and onshore FX markets of Thailand.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 12/213.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2012
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:12/213
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