International Portfolio Flows and Exchange Rate Volatility for Emerging Markets

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Guglielmo Maria Caporale

Brunel University London - Department of Economics and Finance; London South Bank University; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Faek Menla Ali

University of Sussex -University of Sussex Business School

Fabio Spagnolo

Brunel University London - Economics and Finance

Nicola Spagnolo

Brunel University

Date Written: November 2015

Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of equity and bond portfolio inflows on exchange rate volatility, using monthly bilateral data for the US vis-a-vis eight Asian developing and emerging countries (India, Indonesia, South Korea, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, and Taiwan) over the period 1993:01-2012:11, and estimating a time-varying transition probability Markov-switching model. We find that net equity (bond) inflows drive the exchange rate to a high (low) volatility state. In particular, net bond inflows increase the probability of remaining in the low volatility state in the case of Pakistan, Thailand, and the Philippines, whilst they increase the probability of staying in the high volatility state in the case of Indonesia. Finally, net equity inflows from India, Indonesia, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan towards the US also increase the probability of staying in the high volatility state. These findings can be plausibly interpreted in terms of the "return-chasing" hypothesis and suggest that credit controls on portfolio flows could be an effective tool to stabilise the foreign exchange market.

Keywords: Bond flows, Equity flows, Exchange rates, Regime switching

JEL Classification: F31, F32, G15

Suggested Citation

Caporale, Guglielmo Maria and Menla Ali, Faek and Spagnolo, Fabio and Spagnolo, Nicola, International Portfolio Flows and Exchange Rate Volatility for Emerging Markets (November 2015). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1519. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2692442 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2692442

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Faek Menla Ali

University of Sussex -University of Sussex Business School ( email )

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Fabio Spagnolo

Brunel University London - Economics and Finance ( email )

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Nicola Spagnolo

Brunel University ( email )

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