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Currency Hedging

categories: Portfolio Management Analytics, Investing (Investment Management), PMA, Equities, Research Paper, MSCI Applied Research, general

We investigate the question of whether currency hedging pays off in the long run using data from the hedged and unhedged versions of the MSCI Global Investable Market Indices.  These data allow us to perform comparisons of unusually large breadth (4 base currencies and 40 markets) and history (1987 to 2008). Our research indicates that the answer depends not only on the base currency, market, and hedging horizon, but also on the investor's goals, e.g. risk reduction or return/risk maximization.

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