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Delivery risk and the hedging role of options

Donald Lien and Kit Pong Wong

Journal of Futures Markets, 2002, vol. 22, issue 4, 339-354

Abstract: Multiple delivery specifications exist on nearly all commodity futures contracts. Sellers typically are allowed to deliver any of several grades of the underlying commodity and at any of several locations. On the delivery day, the futures price as such needs not converge to the spot price of the par‐delivery grade at the par‐delivery location, thereby imposing an additional delivery risk on hedgers. This article derives the optimal hedging strategy for a risk‐averse hedger in the presence of delivery risk. In particular, it is shown that the hedger optimally uses options on futures for hedging purposes. This article provides a rationale for the hedging role of options when futures markets allow for multiple delivery specifications. © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Jrl Fut Mark 22:339–354, 2002

Date: 2002
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