Is exchange rate trading profitable?

Paresh Kumar Narayan, Sagarika Mishra, Seema Narayan, Kannan Thuraisamy

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We test whether exchange rate trading is profitable in the emerging markets of Brazil, China, India, and South Africa. Using momentum trading strategies applied to high frequency data, we discover that: (a) momentum-based trading strategies lead to statistically significant profits from the currencies of all four emerging markets; (b) the South African Rand is generally the most profitable, followed by the Brazilian Real and the Indian Rupee; (c) profits are persistent during the day and are trading frequency dependent; and (d) during the period of the global financial crisis currency profits were maximised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-229
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Emerging Markets
  • Exchange Rate
  • High Frequency Data
  • Momentum Trading Strategies
  • Profits

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