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Higher moment exchange rate exposure of S&P500 firms

Marcelo Bianconi () and Zhe Cai

The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, 2017, vol. 42, issue C, 513-530

Abstract: We examine the impact of higher order moments of changes in the exchange rate on stock returns of U.S. large-cap companies in the S&P500. We find a robust negative effect of exchange rate volatility on S&P500 company returns. The consumer discretionary and the consumer staples sectors have significant negative exposure to exchange rate volatility suggesting that exchange rate volatility affects stock returns through the channel of international operations. In terms of industries, the household products and personal products industries have significant negative exposure as well. The impact in the financial sector suggests that derivatives and hedging activity can mitigate exposure to exchange rate volatility. We find weak evidence that exchange rate skewness has an effect on S&P500 stock returns, but, find evidence that exchange rate kurtosis affects returns of companies that are more exposed to exchange rate volatility.

Keywords: U.S. large-cap; FX risk; FX skewness; FX kurtosis; Panel data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F30 F31 G12 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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