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Leveraged carry trade portfolios

  • Zsolt Darvas

Studying all possible pairs of eleven major currencies and eleven portfolios in 1976-2008 we show that, when there is no leverage, carry trade is significantly profitable for most currency pairs and portfolios. Positive returns do not diminish in time providing a strong case against the hypothesis of uncovered interest rate parity. We explain these findings with the leveraged nature of carry trade: leverage may increase profitability but it materially increases downside risk. We argue that market inefficiency is related to the level of leverage.

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Paper provided by Department of Mathematical Economics and Economic Analysis, Corvinus University of Budapest in its series Working Papers with number 0802.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 12 Jun 2008
Date of revision: 18 Jun 2008
Handle: RePEc:mkg:wpaper:0802
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