Positive Mean Currency Returns
21 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2013 Last revised: 21 Jul 2017
Date Written: July 1, 2013
In this paper, we report evidence that mean currency returns are positive for both a domestic investor in a foreign currency and a foreign investor in a domestic currency. A shared currency gain creates a positive volatility factor for both. Volatility dominates other return determinants that have opposite impacts on an exchange rate and its inverse to produce positive average returns that we find to be over one per-cent per annum. Positive mean returns impact the global asset allocation of investors to accumulate to a large fraction of wealth creation over time. Currency returns are also large given the common a-priori expectation of investors that they average zero.
Keywords: Currency returns, exchange rate risk
JEL Classification: F31
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