On financial risk and the safe haven characteristics of Swiss franc exchange rates
Christian Grisse () and
Journal of Empirical Finance, 2015, vol. 32, issue C, 153-164
We analyse bilateral Swiss franc exchange rate returns in an asset pricing framework to evaluate the Swiss franc's safe haven characteristics. A “safe haven” currency is a currency that offers hedging value against global risk, both on average and in particular in crisis episodes. To explore these issues we estimate the relationship between exchange rate returns and risk factors in augmented UIP regressions, using recently developed econometric methods to account for the possibility that the regression coefficients may be changing over time. Our results highlight that in response to increases in global risk the Swiss franc appreciates against typical carry trade investment currencies such as the Australian dollar, but depreciates against the US dollar, the Yen and the British pound. Thus, the Swiss franc exhibits safehaven characteristics against many, but not all other currencies. We find statistically significant time variation in the relationship between Swiss franc returns and risk factors, with this link becoming stronger in times of stress.
Keywords: Exchange rate; Risk factors; Safe haven; Swiss franc; Uncovered interest rate parity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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