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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)

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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.
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    1. Burger, John D. & Warnock, Francis E. & Warnock, Veronica Cacdac, 2018. "Currency matters: Analyzing international bond portfolios," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 114(C), pages 376-388.
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    Keywords

    currency composition; international portfolio assets; trade; volatility;
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    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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