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Asset storability and price discovery in commodity futures markets: A new look

Jian Yang (), David Bessler () and David Leatham ()

Journal of Futures Markets, 2001, vol. 21, issue 3, 279-300

Abstract: This article examines the price discovery performance of futures markets for storable and nonstorable commodities in the long run, allowing for the compounding factor of stochastic interest rates. The evidence shows that asset storability does not affect the existence of cointegration between cash and futures prices and the usefulness of future markets in predicting future cash prices. However, it may affect the magnitude of bias of futures markets’ estimates (or predictions) for future cash prices. These findings have several important implications for commodity production decision making, commodity hedging, and commodity price forecasting. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Jrl Fut Mark 21:279–300, 2001

Date: 2001
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