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Capturing the risk premium of commodity futures: The role of hedging pressure

Devraj Basu and Joëlle Miffre

Journal of Banking & Finance, 2013, vol. 37, issue 7, 2652-2664

Abstract: We construct long–short factor mimicking portfolios that capture the hedging pressure risk premium of commodity futures. We consider single sorts based on the open interests of hedgers or speculators, as well as double sorts based on both positions. The long–short hedging pressure portfolios are priced cross-sectionally and present Sharpe ratios that systematically exceed those of long-only benchmarks. Further tests show that the hedging pressure risk premiums rise with the volatility of commodity futures markets and that the predictive power of hedging pressure over cross-sectional commodity futures returns is different from the previously documented forecasting power of past returns and the slope of the term structure.

Keywords: Commodity risk premium; Hedging pressure; Term structure; Momentum (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G13 G14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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