Exchange Rate Fluctuations and International Portfolio Rebalancing in Thailand

Author/Editor: Jacob Gyntelberg ; Subhanij Tientip ; Mico Loretan
Publication Date: August 01, 2012
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Summary: We present empirical evidence that the Thai baht’s value is driven in part by investors’ cross-border equity portfolio rebalancing decisions. Our results are based on comprehensive datasets of FX and stock market transactions undertaken by nonresident investors in Thailand in 2005 and 2006. Higher returns in the stock market relative to a reference stock market are associated with net sales of equities by these investors and a depreciation of the Thai baht. Net purchases of Thai equities lead to an appreciation of the Thai baht. Foreign investors do not appear to hedge the foreign exchange risk related to their stock market positions.
Series: Working Paper No. 12/214
Subject(s): Capital flows | Exchange rate appreciation | Exchange rates | Stock markets

Author's Keyword(s): Foreign exchange market | capital flows | equity market | portfolio rebalancing
Publication Date: August 01, 2012
ISBN/ISSN: 9781475505641/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2012214 Pages: 19
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