Currency Mispricing and Dealer Balance Sheets

55 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2019

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Gino Cenedese

Fulcrum Asset Management

Pasquale Della Corte

Imperial College Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Tianyu Wang

Tsinghua University

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Date Written: February 15, 2019


We relate currency mispricing originating from the breakdown of covered interest rate parity to the dealer balance-sheet constraints resulting from the post-crisis financial regulation. Using a unique data set on contract-level foreign exchange derivatives with disclosed counterparty identities, we find that dealers with a higher leverage ratio demand an additional premium from their clients for synthetic dollar funding. We handle endogeneity using two exogenous variations associated with the public disclosure of the leverage ratio, and the introduction of the UK leverage ratio framework while controlling for changes in demand conditions at the client level.

Keywords: exchange rates, dollar basis covered interest parity condition, arbitrage opportunities

JEL Classification: F31, G12, G15

Suggested Citation

Cenedese, Gino and Della Corte, Pasquale and Wang, Tianyu, Currency Mispricing and Dealer Balance Sheets (February 15, 2019). Bank of England Working Paper No. 779, Available at SSRN: or

Gino Cenedese

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Pasquale Della Corte (Contact Author)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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Tianyu Wang

Tsinghua University ( email )

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