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Oil market uncertainty and excess returns on currency carry trade

Zhi Su, Xuan Mo and Libo Yin

Research in International Business and Finance, 2021, vol. 56, issue C

Abstract: This paper examines the role of oil market uncertainty on currency carry trade payoffs. We find that oil market uncertainty can impact currency carry trade excess returns. When oil market uncertainty rises, expected currency excess returns will increase. Our findings are robust to alternative measures of oil market uncertainty and, after controlling for traditional uncertainties, different types of oil shocks. The results also hold well in both developed and emerging markets, as well as for oil-related currencies, non-oil currencies, commodity currencies, and non-commodity currencies. Additionally, oil market uncertainty can be priced in the cross section of currency carry trade excess returns. This effect can be explained by investors becoming more risk averse under high oil market uncertainty and requiring greater compensation for bearing such risk. Moreover, our measure of oil market uncertainty, the downside risk from the oil market, is quite different from that of traditional aggregate measures.

Keywords: Oil market uncertainty; Currency excess returns; Carry trade; Global risk aversion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ribaf.2021.101391

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