The Yen Carry Trade

wealthymattersA carry trade is a strategy in which an investor sells a certain currency with a relatively low interest rate and uses the funds to purchase a different currency yielding a higher interest rate. A trader using this strategy attempts to capture the difference between the rates, which can often be substantial, depending on the amount of leverage used.

Here’s an example of a “yen carry trade”: a trader borrows 1 million Japanese yen from a Japanese bank, converts the funds into U.S. dollars and buys a bond for the equivalent amount. Let’s assume that the bond pays 4.5% and the Japanese interest rate is set at 0%. The trader stands to make a profit of 4.5% as long as the exchange rate between the countries does not change. Many professional traders use this trade because the gains can become very large when leverage is taken into consideration. If the trader in our example uses a common leverage factor of 10:1, then he can stand to make a profit of 45%.Big outfits carry leverages of 100-300% Read more of this post


Dutch Disease

wealthymatters.comThe term “Dutch disease” originates from a crisis in the Netherlands in the 1960s that resulted from discoveries of vast natural gas deposits in the North Sea. The new found wealth caused the Dutch guilder to rise, making exports of all non-oil products less competitive on the world market.Today the term is used in the context of exchange rates,to refer to the negative consequences arising from large increases in a country’s foreign currency inflows including – foreign direct investment, foreign indirect investment,foreign aid etc in addition to the ill effects on non-resource industries a by the increase in wealth generated by the resource-based industries.  Read more of this post

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