Carry Trades And Risk

Carry trades, in which an investor borrows a low interest rate currency and lends a high interest rate currency, have been profitable historically. The risk exposure of carry traders might explain their high returns, but conventional models of risk do not work because traditional risk factors, used to price the stock market, do not price currency returns. Less traditional factors that are more successful in explaining currency returns are, however, unsuccessful in explaining the returns to the stock market.

Provided by: National Bureau of Economic Research Topic: Data Management Date Added: Aug 2011 Format: PDF

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