A Credit-Based Theory of the Currency Risk Premium

117 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2019 Last revised: 16 Aug 2021

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Pasquale Della Corte

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

Alexandre Jeanneret

UNSW Business School

Ella Patelli

HEC Montréal

Date Written: August 8, 2021


This paper extends Kremens and Martin (2019) and uncovers a novel component for exchange rate predictability based on the price difference between sovereign credit default swaps denominated in different currencies. This new forecasting variable - the credit-implied risk premium - captures the expected currency depreciation conditional on a severe but rare credit event. Using data for 16 Eurozone countries, we find that the credit-implied risk premium positively forecasts the dollar-euro exchange rate return at various horizons. Moreover, a currency strategy that exploits the informative content of our predictor generates substantial out-of-sample economic value against the naive random walk benchmark.

Keywords: exchange rate, predictability, risk premium, credit risk, sovereign default

JEL Classification: F31, F37, F47, G12, G15

Suggested Citation

Della Corte, Pasquale and Jeanneret, Alexandre and Patelli, Ella, A Credit-Based Theory of the Currency Risk Premium (August 8, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3413785 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3413785

Pasquale Della Corte

Imperial College Business School ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

United Kingdom

Alexandre Jeanneret (Contact Author)

UNSW Business School ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052

Ella Patelli

HEC Montréal ( email )

3000, Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal, Quebec H2X 2L3

HOME PAGE: http://www.elladspatelli.com/

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