Macro Uncertainty and Currency Premia
85 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2017 Last revised: 10 Mar 2019
Date Written: March 8, 2019
We study empirically the relation between currency excess returns and macro uncertainty, measured as forecast dispersion, on a wide set of economic indicators. We find that investment currencies deliver low returns whereas funding currencies offer a hedge when current account uncertainty is unexpectedly high. In contrast, uncertainty over other economic indicators displays a weak relation with the cross-section of currency returns. Moreover, an increase in current account uncertainty is associated with positive (negative) expected excess returns on investment (funding) currencies. This mechanism is consistent with the recent advances in exchange rate theory based on capital flows in imperfect financial markets.
Keywords: analyst forecasts, carry trade, currency risk premium, global imbalances, macro uncertainty,
JEL Classification: F14, F31, F32, F34, G12, G15.
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