Discussion paper

DP13252 International yield curves and currency puzzles

The currency depreciation rate is often computed as the ratio of foreign to domestic pricing kernels. Using bond prices alone to estimate these kernels leads to currency puzzles: the inability of models to match violations of uncovered interest parity and the volatility of exchange rates. This happens because of the FX bond disconnect, the inability of bonds to span exchange rates. Incorporating innovations to the pricing kernel that affect exchange rates but not bonds helps with resolving the puzzles. This approach also allows one to relate news about the cross-country differences between international yields to news about currency risk premiums.


Chernov, M and D Creal (2022), ‘DP13252 International yield curves and currency puzzles‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 13252. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp13252