Bear squeezes, volatility spillovers and speculative attacks in the hyperinflation 1920s foreign exchange

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This paper examines some of the characteristics of the foreign exchange market in the 1920s floating period. Nominal returns appear to exhibit properties consistent with asset prices on modern more well-organized financial markets; i.e. they appear to be well described by martingales and possess persistent time dependent heteroscedasticity. In order to deal with the extreme kurtosis in the exchange rate series we use robust inferential methods to test for volatility spillovers and shocks that might effect subsequent mean returns. Apart from some particularly abnormal 'bear squeeze' episodes the markets appear remarkably efficient. © 1993.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baillie, RT; Bollerslev, T; Redfearn, MR

Published Date

  • January 1, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 511 - 521

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0261-5606

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0261-5606(93)90037-C

Citation Source

  • Scopus