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Floating Exchange Rates, Expectations and New Information

  • Sebastian Edwards

This paper analyzes the relationship between forward exchange rates,future spot rates and new information. A stochastic model of exchangerate determination is used to formally show how unanticipated changes in the exchange rate determinants (or "news") affect the spot rate. The empirical analysis indicates that "new information" plays an important role in explaining the market forecasting error, or difference between the spot rate and the forward rate, determined in the previous period.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 1064.

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Date of creation: Jan 1983
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Publication status: published as Edwards, Sebastian Edwards. "Floating Exchange Rates, Expectations and New Information." Journal of Monetary Economics, Vol. 11, No. 3. (May 1983), pp . 321-336.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:1064
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