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Equity tail risk and currency risk premiums

Zhenzhen Fan, Juan M. Londono () and Xiao Xiao

Journal of Financial Economics, 2022, vol. 143, issue 1, 484-503

Abstract: We find that an option-based equity tail risk factor is priced in the cross section of currency returns; more exposed currencies offer a low risk premium because they hedge against equity tail risk. A portfolio that buys currencies with high equity tail beta and shorts those with low beta extracts the global component in the tail factor. The estimated price of risk of this novel global factor is consistently negative in currency carry and momentum portfolios, and in portfolios of other asset classes, suggesting that excess returns of these strategies can be partially understood as compensations for global tail risk.

Keywords: Global tail risk; Option-implied equity tail risk; Currency returns; Carry trade; Currency momentum (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F31 G12 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2021.05.020

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