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Order Flows, Fundamentals and Exchange Rates

  • Kentaro Iwatsubo


    (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)

  • Ian W. Marsh


    (Cass Business School)

We examine the links between end-user order flows as seen by a major European commercial bank and macroeconomic fundamentals. We show that both exchange rate changes and flows are only weakly related to macroeconomic news announcements and hypothesise that gthe cat is already out of the bag h by the time the news is announced. Instead, order flows of financial and corporate customers reflect in real time the evolution of macroeconomies. The actions of the banks receiving the order flows in turn reveal the information to the market as a whole which prices the exchange rate accordingly. By the time the news is announced, the exchange rate already contains the majority of the information.

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Paper provided by Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University in its series Discussion Papers with number 1120.

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Length: 33pages
Date of creation: Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:koe:wpaper:1120
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