Crash-Neutral Currency Carry Trades

51 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2008 Last revised: 7 Oct 2013

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Jakub W. Jurek

University of Pennsylvania - Finance Department; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 31, 2013


Currency carry trades exploiting violations of uncovered interest rate parity in G10 currencies deliver significant excess returns with annualized Sharpe equal to or greater than those of equity market factors (1990-2012). Using data on out-of-the-money foreign exchange options, I compute returns to crash-hedged portfolios and demonstrate that the high returns to carry trades are not due to peso problems. A comparison of the returns to hedged and unhedged trades indicates crash risk premia account for at most one-third of the excess return to currency carry trades.

Keywords: currency carry trade, crash risk, foreign exchange option, forward premium anomaly, uncovered interest parity (UIP)

JEL Classification: F31, G12

Suggested Citation

Jurek, Jakub W., Crash-Neutral Currency Carry Trades (August 31, 2013). AFA 2010 Atlanta Meetings Paper, Available at SSRN: or

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