This paper presents a survey of two basic puzzles in international finance. The first puzzle is the `predictable excess return puzzle.' The returns on foreign currency deposits relative to domestic currency deposits should be equalized based upon uncovered interest parity. However, not only do researchers find that deviations from uncovered interest parity are predictable ex ante, but their variance exceeds the variance in expected exchange rate changes. In the paper, I describe different explanations of this phenomenon including the view that excess returns are driven by a foreign exchange risk premium, peso problems or learning, and market inefficiencies. While the research to date has been able to better define the `predictable excess return puzzle' and to suggest the most likely directions for future progress, no one explanation has provided a full answer to the puzzle. The second puzzle is the `home bias puzzle.' Empirical evidence shows that domestic residents do not diversify sufficiently into foreign stocks. This evidence is clear whether looking at models based on portfolio holdings or outcomes of consumption realizations across countries. In this paper, I examine several possible explanations including non-traded goods and market inefficiencies, although even after considering these possibilities, the puzzle remains.
This book poses the important question of whether exchange rates are ultimately tied down by economic fundamentals. In a unique approach the subject is analysed from an asset holder's perspective and Streissler takes the reader through an authoritative and wide-ranging study including:*Friedman's case for flexible exchange rates*interest parity and
The AIB Fellows Group includes top researchers, educators, and administrators in the IB field. This book covers the growth of several functional areas (marketing, advertising, and finance). It reviews problems of methodological rigor in IB research. It also traces the history and evolution of IB studies.
The Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2009 has highlighted the resilience of the financial markets and economies from the developing world. This title investigates and assesses the impact and response to the crisis from an emerging markets perspective including asset pricing, contagion, financial intermediation, market structure and regulation.
Want to get the most out of your International Financecourse? Nowadays the value of daily foreign exchange trading is morethan one hundred times the value of annual international trade ingoods and services. As result of the great importance ofinternational financial transactions, the subject of internationalfinance continues to develop as fast as—or fasterthan—any other field in economics and finance.International Finance For Dummies sheds light on thisincreasingly important subject for the growing number of studentsrequired to take this course. If you're an undergraduate or MBA student enrolled in aninternational finance course, this hands-on, friendly guide givesyou everything you need to succeed. Plus, it includes up-to-dateinformation on the latest changes to International FinanceReporting Standards, its impact on a company's overall finances,and the various currencies and institutions availableworldwide. Serves as an excellent supplement to your international financetexts Provides easy-to-understand explanations of complexmaterial Brings you up-to-speed on the concepts and subject matter youneed to know International Finance For Dummies is your ticket toscoring your highest in your international finance course.
Critical Issues in International Financial Reform ad- dresses weaknesses of the current international financial system and potential beneficial reforms. The focus is on the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, but the authors also take into account relevant lessons from the experience of Canada, a country highly integrated into world and hemispheric trade and financial markets. Critical Issues offers a new perspective on a discussion too often dominated by interest groups that take strong, even rigid, positions on issues with limited understanding of the technical aspects of the issues, and little concern for the interests of the developing world. Its chapters have been written by experts in the economic, political, and social aspects of the international financial integration of developing countries. Financial crises and their associated social and economic traumas are the most apparent symptom that something is amiss in the process of world economic integration. But there are also broader questions about the nature and magnitude of the benefits and costs of increased international capital flows for different groups of countries in the developing and developed worlds. For example, even in the absence of turbulence, is it optimal for all participants that capital movements be as free as possible? Does capital inflow discourage domestic savings to a degree that should cause worry? Are some types of flows inherently more beneficial than others--for instance, direct investment flows versus flows into host stock markets? How can the instability of capital movements best be curtailed? These questions concern the contributors to this volume. This volume demonstrates that the evolution of the world financial system, its various problems, and what is or is not done about them require an understanding of the links among financial, economic, and political variables. Critical Issues in International Financial Reform is an important contribution to this debate, and will be of value to researchers in economic policy, history, and international politics. Albert Berry is professor of economics at the University of Toronto and research director of the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean. Gustavo Indart is special lecturer of economics and the coordinator of the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of Toronto. "The papers in this conference volume are grounded on solid economic theory and empirical research, and take a critical view of the prescriptions of the so-called Washington Consensus and of the policies followed in most developing countries under the advice of the international financial institutions (IFIs). The economics and the political economy of their current financial arrangements, in which the IFIs play such an importnat role, are given a thorough treatment. This volume is a very valuable contribution to a debate that interests both academics and policymakers. The thirteen papers are uniformly of high quality and are often very innovative."--Juan-Antonio Morales, president, Central Bank of Bolivia "A stimulating and balanced set of analyses, drawing insightfully upon comparative experiences, of national and international financial systems and their reform, both actual and potential. It is unusual and welcome in its effective blending of political and economic insights, and its use of analyses that are refreshingly skeptical of orthodox presumptions."--Gerald Helliner, University of Toronto
Thought-provoking and clearly explained, the new edition provides students of international economics and international business with a rigorous explanation of global economic theory and policy, both current trends and historic developments. It explores key models through case studies and review questions, enabling students to challenge the reporting of economic events by press and government alike. Split into 2 parts – International Trade and International Finance – the text explains conceptual building blocks before applying them to current events and controversies. Key issues discussed include: the influence of transportation costs economies of scale and the new economic geography the evaluation of preferential trade agreements european Economic and Monetary Union the integration of international financial markets international financial crises, China and other emerging economies. Fully illustrated with tables and figures to allow students to visualise the issues discussed, the lively prose gives this book a refreshing approach. An accompanying website also provides context and coverage of the international financial crisis of October 2008, including the so-called ‘credit crunch’ and the collapse of some banking institutions.
The fifth edition of Maurice D. Levi’s classic textbook has been updated to incorporate the massive changes in the world of international finance of the past few years. In particular, the emergence of new markets is given broad coverage – particularly the rise to financial prominence of China and India and other growth economies in Asia and elsewhere. Key features of the book include: the impact of globalization and the greater connectedness of national economies and the world economy as a whole probably the best introduction to exchange rates available and how they directly impact upon firms as well as governments the continued massive impact of multinational corporations on the global financial scene as well as the opportunities presented by e-commerce. The material is interlaced with a wealth of supplementary material including real world case studies, review questions, examples and objectives. The result is the most authoritative survey of international finance currently available. Thoroughly updated and with a large amount of new information, this text will prove an indispensable guide to the inner workings of international finance to students of economics and business as well as professionals in the finance industry.
Paperback. Up-to-date surveys of all major research areas in international trade and international finance are presented in this volume. The chapters have a high standard of exposition, delivering ideas at the forefront of the field in a clear readable fashion. The volume has a good overall balance of theoretical and empirical coverage.The trade side of the volume surveys theoretical work on trade based on scale economics and imperfect competition, the relationship between trade and technological progress, strategic trade policy, the political economy of trade policy, and the rules and institutions of international trade, as well as empirical work on trade patterns, trade policies, and regional integration. The finance side covers topics such as exchange rates, purchasing power parity, the current account, the international transmission of business cycles, foreign ending, international capital markets, target zones and speculative attacks on fixed exc