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Complements or substitutes? Equivalent futures contract markets—the case of corn and soybean futures on U.S. and Japanese exchanges

Mark E. Holder, R. Daniel Pace and Michael J. Tomas

Journal of Futures Markets, 2002, vol. 22, issue 4, 355-370

Abstract: This article examines the relationship between corn and soybean futures volumes for contracts traded in the United States and Japan. Because the contract specifications for corn and soybeans futures traded on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), the Tokyo Grain Exchange (TGE), and the Kanmon Commodity Exchange (KCE) are highly similar, the existence of interactions might be expected. Previous research has identified price relationships between these similar contracts. With the advent of agricultural trading on the CBOT's Project A overnight electronic trading system, an overlap of trading times of the U.S. and Japanese exchanges for these commodity contracts resulted. An analysis of TGE and KCE corn and soybean futures volumes indicates that these contracts, rather than acting as substitutes, exhibit a complementary relationship. © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Jrl Fut Mark 22:355–370, 2002

Date: 2002
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