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Abstract We carry out a value-at-risk (VaR) analysis of an extremely popular strategy in the currency markets, namely, “carry trades,” whereby a position purchased in high interest rate currencies is funded by selling low interest rate currencies. Since the natural outcome of the truncated normal distribution of interest-rate spreads combined with the normal distribution of exchange rate returns is a skew-normal distribution, we consider a skew-normal innovation with zero mean for our analysis of carry trade returns using generalized autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity (GARCH) models. The stress testing results reveal that skew-normal or densities are suitable for the measurement of VaR for carry trade returns involving, for example, taking up a long position in Australian Dollars or Argentine Peso which are funded by selling Japanese Yen.
Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics & Econometrics – de Gruyter
Published: Sep 1, 2013
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