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Systematic Intervention and Currency Risk Premia

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Marcel Fratzscher, Lukas Menkhoff, Lucio Sarno, Maik Schmeling, Tobias Stöhr

SSRN, 2018, 48 S. : Anh.
(SSRN Papers)


Using data for the trades of 19 central banks intervening in currency markets, we show that leaning against the wind by individual central banks leads to "systematic intervention" in the aggregate central banking sector. This systematic intervention is driven by and impacts on the same factors that drive currency excess returns: carry, momentum, value, and a dollar factor. The sensitivity of an individual central bank's intervention to these factors differs markedly across countries, with developed countries making a profit from intervention and emerging markets incurring large losses.

Lukas Menkhoff

Head of Department in the International Economics Department

JEL-Classification: F31;G10;G12
Keywords: Foreign exchange intervention, Currency risk, Carry, Momentum, Value
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