Czech Koruna and Polish Zloty : Spot and Currency Option Volatility Patterns

Author/Editor:

Armando Méndez Morales

Publication Date:

August 1, 2001

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Exchange rate flexibility has facilitated an impressively fast insertion of the Czech koruna and the Polish zloty into the global currency market. However, exchange rate volatility patterns differ: Lower volatility is observed for the koruna against the euro relative to the U.S. dollar, while the opposite is true for the zloty, apparently related to earlier financial integration of the Czech Republic with Europe and early dollarization in Poland as a result of initial higher inflation rates. By contrast, the currency options market shows enhanced information content of both currencies against the euro reflected in the behavior of their implied volatility.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/120

Subject(s):

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451854275/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1202001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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