Salvaging the C-CAPM: Currency Carry Trade Risk Premia and Conditioning Information

Abhay Abhyankar, Angelica Gonzalez, Olga Klinkowska

Research output: Working paper


We use a standard consumption-based asset pricing model incorporating conditioning information to explain the risk-return profile of currency carry trade portfolios. We use a scaled stochastic discount factor instead of scaled or managed portfolio returns as in previous work. Our conditioning variable is a forward-looking measure of net foreign assets. It arises from an intertemporal budget constraint and has predictive power for exchange rates. We find that our conditional consumption-CAPM is able to price a large part of the variation in cross-section of carry trade portfolios using cross-sectional as well as time series regression-based tests. Taken together, our results imply that the consumption-based models do still have a role to play in explaining excess returns on carry trade strategies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSocial Science Electronic Publishing
Number of pages35
Publication statusUnpublished - 14 Sept 2011


  • consumption CAPM
  • Fama-MacBeth Regressions
  • net foreign assets
  • conditioning information
  • conditional asset pricing models


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