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Forecasting Exchange Rates with Commodity Convenience Yields

This paper investigates whether commodity convenience yields - the yields that accrue to the holders of physical commodities - can predict the exchange rate of commodity-exporters' currencies. Predictability is a consequence of the fact that i) convenience yields are useful predictors for commodity prices and ii) commodity currencies have a strong relationship with commodity prices. The empirical evidence indicates that there is a significant relationship between aggregate measures of convenience yields and commodity currencies' exchange rate, both in-sample and out-of- sample. A high level of convenience yields strongly predicts a depreciation of the Australian, Canadian and New Zealand dollars exchange rates at horizons of 1 to 24 months.

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Paper provided by Swiss National Bank, Study Center Gerzensee in its series Working Papers with number 12.03.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Handle: RePEc:szg:worpap:1203
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