SPECULATION IN COMMODITIES: KEYNESâ€™ â€œPRACTICAL ACQUAINTANCEâ€ WITH FUTURES MARKETS
Maria Cristina Marcuzzo () and
Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2010, vol. 32, issue 3, 397-418
In this paper we address the subject of Keynes as a speculator. We look first at the primary sources of information, which are in the form of unpublished letters and brokerâ€™s statements. Secondly, we look at the theory Keynes sparingly presented in his writings, but which nevertheless is grounded on his first-hand knowledge of speculative behavior. Thirdly, we examine the focus on speculation in commodities, which had great weight in his portfolio, and have chosen a particular commodity -wheat- for our investigation. In particular, we examine some of Keynesâ€™s dealings in wheat futures with the aim of shedding light on the underlying investment strategy.
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