Covered Interest Parity Lost: Understanding the Cross-Currency Basis
20 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2016
Date Written: September 18, 2016
Covered interest parity verges on a physical law in international finance. And yet it has been systematically violated since the Great Financial Crisis. Especially puzzling have been the violations since 2014, even once banks had strengthened their balance sheets and regained easy access to funding. We offer a framework to think about these violations, stressing the combination of hedging demand and tighter limits to arbitrage, which in turn reflect a tighter management of risks and bank balance sheet constraints. We find empirical support for this framework both across currencies and over time.
JEL Classification: F31, G15, G2
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