58 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2008 Last revised: 31 Mar 2010
Date Written: March 1, 2010
We offer an explanation for the forward premium puzzle in foreign exchange markets based upon investor overconfidence. In the model, overconfident individuals overreact to their information about future inflation, which causes greater overshooting in the forward rate than in the spot rate. Thus, when agents observe a signal of higher future inflation, the consequent rise in the forward premium predicts a subsequent downward correction of the spot rate. The model can explain the magnitude of the forward premium bias and several other stylized facts related to the joint behavior of forward and spot exchange rates. Our approach is also consistent with the availability of profitable carry trade strategies.
Keywords: investor overconfidence, forward discount puzzle, inflation differential, exchange rate overshooting, market efficiency, Purchasing Power Parity
JEL Classification: G10, G12
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Burnside, A. Craig and Han, Bing and Hirshleifer, David A. and Wang, Tracy Yue, Investor Overconfidence and the Forward Premium Puzzle (March 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=841038 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.841038
By Karen Lewis