Net Foreign Asset Positions and Appreciation Expectations on the Swiss Franc and the Japanese Yen

Sophia Latsos; Gunther Schnabl

August 2015


The paper shows that currencies of countries with persistent current account surpluses and high foreign-currency denominated assets, such as the Swiss franc and the Japanese yen, are under persistent appreciation pressure, particularly when the centres of the world monetary system follow expansionary monetary policies. This limits the choice of exchange rate regime. Given flexible exchange rates, a negative risk premium on the domestic interest rate can emerge. Empirical estimations provide mixed evidence for a negative impact of net foreign asset positions and exchange rate uncertainty on interest rates of international creditor countries at the periphery of the world monetary system.

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Erschienen in

CESifo Working Paper No. 5490 (August 2015).



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