Currency Hedging for International Portfolios

Author/Editor: Schmittmann, Jochen M.
Publication Date: June 01, 2010
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Summary: This paper examines the benefits from hedging the currency exposure of international investments in single- and multi-country equity and bond portfolios from the perspectives of German, Japanese, British and American investors. Over the period 1975 to 2009, hedging of currency risk substantially reduced the volatility of foreign investments at a quarterly investment horizon. Contrary to previous studies, the paper finds that at longer investment horizons of up to five years the case for hedging for risk reduction purposes remained strong.In addition to its impact on risk, hedging affected returns in economically meaningful magnitudes in some cases.
Series: Working Paper No. 10/151
Subject(s): Exchange risk | Foreign exchange transactions | Foreign investment | International capital markets | Risk management | Multiple currency practices | Germany | Japan | United Kingdom | United States

Author's Keyword(s): Currency hedging | international investments | currency risk
Publication Date: June 01, 2010
Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2010151 Pages: 44
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