DP189 Forward Foreign Exchange Rates, Expected Spot Rates, and Premia: A Signal-Extraction Approach

Author(s): Christian C Wolff
Publication Date: May 1987
Keyword(s): Exchange Rates, Financial Markets, Kalman Filter, Persistence, Premia, Signal Extraction, Time Series
JEL(s): 132, 212, 313, 431
Programme Areas: Applied Macroeconomics
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In this paper, we implement a methodology to identify and measure premia in the pricing of forward foreign exchange. The methodology involves application of signal-extraction techniques from the engineering literature. Diagnostic tests indicate that these methods are quite successful in capturing the essence of the time-series properties of premium terms. The estimated premium models indicate that premia show a certain degree of persistence over time and that more than half the variance in the forecast error that results from the use of current forward rates as predictors of future spot rates is accounted for by variation in premium terms. The methodology can be applied straightforwardly to the measurement of unobservables in other financial markets.