DP10325 International Currency Exposures, Valuation Effects and the Global Financial Crisis
|Author(s):||Agustín Bénétrix, Philip R. Lane, Jay C Shambaugh|
|Publication Date:||January 2015|
|Keyword(s):||global financial crisis, international currency exposures, valuation effects|
|Programme Areas:||International Macroeconomics|
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We examine the evolution of international currency exposures, with a particular focus on the 2002-12 period. During the run up to the global financial crisis, there was a widespread shift towards positive net foreign currency positions, such that relatively few countries exhibited the archetypal emerging-market ?short foreign currency? position on the eve of the global financial crisis. During the crisis, the upheaval in currency markets generated substantial currency-generated valuation effects - much of which were not reversed. There is some evidence that the distribution of valuation effects was stabilizing in the sense of showing a negative covariation pattern with pre-crisis net foreign asset positions.