Explaining Foreign Exchange Market Puzzles

Author/Editor:

Norman C. Miller

Publication Date:

March 1, 1999

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper develops a flow model of the exchange rate with speculative capital flows integrated in a rigorous manner. The model is consistent with five foreign exchange market puzzles: (1) occasional discontinuous jumps in the exchange rate; (2) periodic short-term regimes of persistent appreciation/depreciation that can develop into a long swing; (3) the forward discount bias; (4) volatility clusters in the foreign exchange market that create conditional heteroskedasticity; and (5) the dual profitability of betting in the short run against any official foreign exchange intervention, and betting with the intervention in the long run.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/27

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451844504/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0271999

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

29

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