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The International Diversification Puzzle when Goods Prices are Sticky: It's Really about Exchange-Rate Hedging, not Equity Portfolios

Author/Editor: Engel, Charles | Matsumoto, Akito
Authorized for Distribution: January 1, 2009
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Summary: This paper develops a two-country monetary DSGE model in which households choose a portfolio of home and foreign equities, and a forward position in foreign exchange. Some nominal goods prices are sticky. Trade in these assets achieves the same allocations as trade in a complete set of nominal state-contingent claims in our linearized model. When there is a high degree of price stickiness, we show that not much equity diversification is required to replicate the complete-markets equilibrium when agents are able to hedge foreign exchange risk sufficiently. Moreover, temporarily sticky nominal goods prices can have large effects on equity portfolios even when dividend processes are very persistent.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 09/12
Subject(s): Private investment | Foreign exchange | Commodity prices | Capital markets | Asset management | Economic models
Author's keyword(s): international risk sharing; international portfolio allocation; exchange rate hedging; equity home bias international risk sharing; international portfolio allocation; exchange rate hedging; equity home bias
 
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    Published:   January 1, 2009        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2009012   Pages:   47
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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