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Global currency hedging with common risk factors

Wei Opie and Steven J. Riddiough

Journal of Financial Economics, 2020, vol. 136, issue 3, 780-805

Abstract: We develop a novel method to dynamically hedge foreign exchange exposure in international equity and bond portfolios. The method exploits the time-series predictability of currency returns, which we show emerges from exploiting a forecastable component in global factor returns. The hedging strategy outperforms leading alternative approaches to currency hedging across a large set of performance metrics. Moreover, we find that exploiting currency return predictability via an independent currency portfolio delivers a high risk-adjusted return and provides superior diversification gains to global equity and bond investors relative to currency carry, value, and momentum investment strategies.

Keywords: Global currency hedging; Currency risk factors; Currency returns; International portfolio diversification; Mean-variance optimization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F31 G11 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2019.12.001

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