The Use of Flow Analysis in Foreign Exchange: Exploratory Evidence

40 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2011

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Thomas Gehrig

University of Vienna - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Statistics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF); Systemic Risk Centre - LSE

Lukas Menkhoff

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); Humboldt University of Berlin - Faculty of Economics

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Abstract

This paper provides questionnaire evidence on the role of flow analysis for professional traders and fund managers. This evidence suggests that besides fundamental information and technical analysis, the analysis of flows provides an independent third type of information for professionals. The proposition that flows can be used to learn about fundamentals is not consistent with the data. Instead, evidence indicates that flows more likely provide insight into semi-fundamental private information, suggesting support for the efficient market hypothesis only in a weak form.

JEL Classification: F 31

Suggested Citation

Gehrig, Thomas and Menkhoff, Lukas, The Use of Flow Analysis in Foreign Exchange: Exploratory Evidence. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=304229 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.304229

Thomas Gehrig

University of Vienna - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Statistics ( email )

Vienna, A-1210
Austria

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )

c/o ECARES ULB CP 114
B-1050 Brussels
Belgium

Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF) ( email )

Welthandelsplatz 1
Vienna, 1020
Austria

Systemic Risk Centre - LSE ( email )

Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom
London

Lukas Menkhoff (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Humboldt University of Berlin - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Spandauer Strasse 1
Berlin
Germany

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