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The long-run uncovered interest rate parity in view of a trading strategy

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Uncovered Interest Rate Parity (UIP) states that bonds in different denomination should produce the same returns if the maturities of the bonds are the same. Given this, if a foreign bond produces a lower holding period return than a home bond of the same maturity, for their remaining lives the same foreign bond ought to produce a return higher than the home bond. A test is designed according to this relationship. With 1 to 6 year interest rate data of U.S., Britain and Germany from 1979 to 2005, our test shows that this relationship is more reliable for 6-year interest rates than the shorter rates in general. This result lends support to the long-run UIP. A trading strategy is developed by utilizing this idea. We show that positive returns can be achieved by the strategy for bonds of longer horizons. This result also serves as indirect evidence of the long-run UIP.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Finance, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan 2: Department of Business Management, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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