Pricing Implications of Covariances and Spreads in Currency Markets
73 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2018 Last revised: 25 Oct 2018
Date Written: October 23, 2018
We introduce a covariance and spread (i.e., exchange rate forward discount) adjusted carry factor that prices the cross-section of FX market returns, where many other single and multi-factor models fail. Both the covariance matrix of exchange rate growths and forward discounts contain important information for pricing, which is not captured by well-known factors. The conditional covariance matrix and forward discounts are time-varying and forecast future realized currency returns.
Keywords: Foreign Exchange, Carry, Forward Discount, Spread Adjustment, Covariance Adjustment, Mean-Variance, Factor Pricing Model, Predictability
JEL Classification: F31, F37, G12, G15, G17
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