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Macro uncertainty and currency premia

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  • Aleksejs Krecetovs

    (Imperial College London)

  • Pasquale Della Corte

    (Imperial College London)

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This paper studies empirically the relation between macro uncertainty shocks and the cross-section of currency excess returns. We measure uncertainty over macro variables such as current account, inflation rate, short-term interest rate, real economic growth and foreign exchange rate using the cross-sectional dispersion of market participants’ expectations from two international surveys of macro forecasts. We ï¬ nd evidence that investment currencies deliver low returns whereas funding currencies offer a hedge when current account uncertainty is unexpectedly high. In contrast, uncertainty over other macro indicators displays no signiï¬ cant relation with the cross-section of currency excess returns. Our results are consistent with a recent theory of exchange rate determination based on capital flows in imperfect ï¬ nancial markets.

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  • Aleksejs Krecetovs & Pasquale Della Corte, 2016. "Macro uncertainty and currency premia," 2016 Meeting Papers 624, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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