U.S. Populism and Currency Risk Premia
75 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2020 Last revised: 13 Jul 2023
Date Written: May 26, 2020
We develop a novel measure of media attention to U.S. populism by extending an existing populist dictionary to capture the new form of populism. Our Aggregate Populist Rhetoric (APR) Index spikes around well-known events that spur populist sentiment, and exposure to APR is linked to financial globalization. We show that the APR Index is priced in the cross-section of currency excess returns. Currencies that perform well (badly) when attention to U.S. populism is high yield low (high) expected excess returns. Investors require a risk premium for holding currencies that underperform in times of rising attention to U.S. populism. Financial segmentation explains why friction to globalization in the form of populism affects the cross-section of currency returns.
Keywords: Populism, Foreign Exchange market, Textual Analysis
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, G32
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