Foreign Exchange Risk and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns
47 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2005
Date Written: July 13, 2007
We examine the relation between the cross-section of U.S. stock returns and foreign exchange rates during the period from 1973 to 2002. We find that stocks most sensitive to foreign exchange risk (in absolute value) have lower returns than others. This implies a non-linear, negative premium for foreign exchange risk. Sensitivity to foreign exchange generates a cross-sectional spread in stock returns unexplained by existing asset-pricing models. Consequently, we form a zero-investment factor related to foreign exchange sensitivity and show that it can reduce mean pricing errors for exchange-sensitive portfolios. One possible explanation for our findings includes Johnson's (2004) option-theoretic model in which expected returns are decreasing in idiosyncratic cashflow volatility.
Keywords: Foreign exchange risk, stock returns, asset pricing
JEL Classification: F30, F31, G12
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