Devaluation Expectations and the Stock Market: The Case of Mexico in 1994/95
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International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department
Anthony J. Richards
Reserve Bank of Australia - Economic Research
IMF Working Paper No. 00/28
Using company-level data, this paper examines the relative stock-market performance of firms with different foreign-exchange exposures around the time of the 1994/95 Mexican crisis. Contrary to what one might have expected given the alleged peso overvaluation, exporting firms outperformed the market beginning in late 1993. Although interest rates fail to show a clear confidence loss in the exchange rate regime, the relative performance of net exporters suggests that expectations of devaluation increased continuously. The methodology presented is relevant beyond the Mexican case: sectoral differences in stock market performance may constitute valuable leading indicators of exchange rate changes in emerging markets.
JEL Classification: E44, F31, F41, G14working papers series
Date posted: April 27, 2000
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