Currency total return swaps: valuation and risk factor analysis

R. Cuchet, P. Francois*, G.M.B.J. Hübner

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Currency total return swaps (ctrs) are hybrid derivative instruments that allow us to simultaneously hedge against credit and currency risks. We develop a structural credit risk model to evaluate ctrs premia. An empirical test on a sample of 23,005 price observations from 59 underlying issuers yields an average percentage error of around 10%. This indicates that, beyond interest rate risk, firm-specific factors are major drivers of the variations in the valuation of these instruments. Regression analysis of residuals shows that exchange rate determinants account for up to 40% of model pricing errors, indicating that a currency risk premium affects the ctrs price significantly but only marginally, which confirms the prevalence of credit risk in the pricing of ctrs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1135-1148
JournalQuantitative Finance
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


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