Currency Carry Trades

29 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2010  

Travis J. Berge

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Oscar Jorda

University of California, Davis - Department of Economics; Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Alan M. Taylor

University of California, Davis - Department of Economics; University of Virginia - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: October 2010

Abstract

A wave of recent research has studied the predictability of foreign currency returns. A wide variety of forecasting structures have been proposed, including signals such as carry, value, momentum, and the forward curve. Some of these have been explored individually, and others have been used in combination. In this paper we use new econometric tools for binary classification problems to evaluate the merits of a general model encompassing all these signals. We find very strong evidence of forecastability using the full set of signals, both in sample and out-of-sample. This holds true for both an unweighted directional forecast and one weighted by returns. Our preferred model generates economically meaningful returns on a portfolio of nine major currencies versus the U.S. dollar, with favorable Sharpe and skewness characteristics. We also find no relationship between our returns and a conventional set of so-called risk factors.

Suggested Citation

Berge, Travis J. and Jorda, Oscar and Taylor, Alan M., Currency Carry Trades (October 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w16491. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1696423

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