Information Flows in Foreign Exchange Markets: Dissecting Customer Currency Trades

Journal of Finance, Forthcoming

86 Pages Posted: 20 May 2012 Last revised: 17 Mar 2016

See all articles by Lukas Menkhoff

Lukas Menkhoff

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); Humboldt University of Berlin - Faculty of Economics

Lucio Sarno

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Maik Schmeling

Goethe University Frankfurt - Department of Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Andreas Schrimpf

Bank for International Settlements (BIS) - Monetary and Economic Department

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Date Written: February 14, 2016

Abstract

We study the information in order flows in the world's largest over-the-counter market, the foreign exchange market. The analysis draws on a data set covering a broad cross-section of currencies and different customer segments of foreign exchange end-users. The results suggest that order flows are highly informative about future exchange rates and provide significant economic value. We also find that different customer groups can share risk with each other effectively through the intermediation of a large dealer, and differ markedly in their predictive ability, trading styles, and risk exposure.

Keywords: Order Flow, Foreign Exchange Risk Premia, Heterogeneous Information, Carry Trades

JEL Classification: F31, G12, G15

Suggested Citation

Menkhoff, Lukas and Sarno, Lucio and Schmeling, Maik and Schrimpf, Andreas, Information Flows in Foreign Exchange Markets: Dissecting Customer Currency Trades (February 14, 2016). Journal of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2062257 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2062257

Lukas Menkhoff

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Humboldt University of Berlin - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Spandauer Strasse 1
Berlin
Germany

Lucio Sarno (Contact Author)

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School ( email )

106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
United Kingdom

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Maik Schmeling

Goethe University Frankfurt - Department of Finance ( email )

House of Finance
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3
Frankfurt am Main, Hessen 60323
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/site/maikschmeling/

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Andreas Schrimpf

Bank for International Settlements (BIS) - Monetary and Economic Department ( email )

Centralbahnplatz 2
CH-4002 Basel
Switzerland

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