Information Flow between Forward and Spot Markets: Evidence from the Chinese Renminbi
Journal of Futures Markets, Forthcoming
46 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2015
Date Written: August 22, 2015
We apply a new model selection approach that allows for the joint determination of structural breaks and cointegration to examine the term structure of Chinese Renminbi (RMB)-U.S. dollar spot and forward exchange rates during the managed-floating period of 2005-2013. We find that the RMB market has exhibited different dynamic relationships between spot and forward exchange rates over time, apparently due to significant policy changes. Offshore forward rates with either shorter or longer maturities can substantially explain the in-sample variation of the onshore spot exchange rate at longer horizons, while only the offshore forward rate with a shorter maturity can significantly predict RMB onshore spot rate changes out-of-sample.
Keywords: exchange rates, forward market, term structure, cointegration, structural breaks
JEL Classification: F31, F37
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