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The Currency Composition of International Portfolio Assets

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  • Vahagn Galstyan

    () (Trinity College Dublin)

  • Caroline Mehigan

    () (OECD)

  • Rogelio Mercado

    () (Northumbria University)

Abstract

In this paper, we empirically assess the importance of gravity-type variables and measures of macroeconomic and financial volatilities in explaining portfolio holdings denominated across the main global currencies: US dollar (USD), euro (EUR), Pound sterling (GBP), Japanese yen (JPY) and Swiss franc (CHF). Our findings underscore the importance of trade ties and common membership euro area. We also find that international positions co-move with the level of macroeconomic and financial uncertainty. Importantly, we identify heterogeneous patterns at a currency level.

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  • Vahagn Galstyan & Caroline Mehigan & Rogelio Mercado, 2017. "The Currency Composition of International Portfolio Assets," Trinity Economics Papers tep1017, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:tep1017
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    1. Galstyan, Vahagn & Lane, Philip R. & Mehigan, Caroline & Mercado, Rogelio, 2016. "The holders and issuers of international portfolio securities," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 100-108.
    2. Maurice Obstfeld & Kenneth Rogoff, 2001. "The Six Major Puzzles in International Macroeconomics: Is There a Common Cause?," NBER Chapters,in: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2000, Volume 15, pages 339-412 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. repec:kap:openec:v:29:y:2018:i:3:d:10.1007_s11079-018-9483-2 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Vahagn Galstyan & Adnan Velic, 2018. "International Investment Patterns: the Case of German Sectors," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 29(3), pages 665-685, July.
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    1. Galstyan, Vahagn & Lane, Philip R. & Mehigan, Caroline & Mercado, Rogelio, 2016. "The holders and issuers of international portfolio securities," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 100-108.

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    Keywords

    currency composition; international portfolio assets; trade; volatility;

    JEL classification:

    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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