EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

International Correlation Risk

Andreas Stathopoulos, Andrea Vedolin and Philippe Mueller
Additional contact information
Andreas Stathopoulos: University of Southern California
Andrea Vedolin: London School of Economics

No 818, 2012 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics

Abstract: Foreign exchange correlation is a key driver of risk premia in the cross-section of carry trade returns. First, we show that the correlation risk premium, defined as the difference between the risk-neutral and objective measure correlation is large (15% per year) and highly time-varying. Second, sorting currencies according to their exposure with correlation innovations yields portfolios with attractive risk and return characteristics. We also find that high (low) interest rate currencies have negative (positive) loadings on the correlation risk factor. To address our empirical findings, we consider a multi-country general equilibrium model with time-varying risk aversion generated by external habit preferences. In the model, currency risk premia mostly compensate for exposure to global risk aversion, defined as a weighted average of country risk aversions. Given countercyclical real interest rates, the model can also address the forward premium puzzle, as high interest rate currencies are exposed to (while low interest rate currencies provide a hedge to) global risk aversion risk. We also show that high global risk aversion is associated with high conditional exchange rate variance and covariance, providing theoretical justification for sorting currencies on their exposure to fluctuations of exchange rate conditional second moments.

Date: 2012
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dge, nep-ifn, nep-opm and nep-upt
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (7)

Downloads: (external link)
https://red-files-public.s3.amazonaws.com/meetpapers/2012/paper_818.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: International correlation risk (2017) Downloads
Working Paper: International correlation risk (2017) Downloads
Working Paper: International correlation risk (2014) Downloads
Working Paper: International correlation risk (2013) Downloads
Working Paper: International Correlation Risk Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:red:sed012:818

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in 2012 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics Society for Economic Dynamics Marina Azzimonti Department of Economics Stonybrook University 10 Nicolls Road Stonybrook NY 11790 USA. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Christian Zimmermann ().

 
Page updated 2024-06-09
Handle: RePEc:red:sed012:818