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The Effects of Economic News on Commodity Prices: Is Gold Just Another Commodity?


Shaun K. Roache


International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Marco Rossi


International Monetary Fund (IMF)

July 2009

IMF Working Paper No. 09/140

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The paper uses an event study methodology to investigate which and how macroeconomic announcements affect commodity prices. Results show that gold is unique among commodities, with prices reacting to specific scheduled announcements in the United States and the Euro area (such as indicators of activity or interest rate decisions) in a manner consistent with gold's traditional role as a safe-haven and store of value. Other commodity prices, where such news is significant, exhibit pro-cyclical sensitivities and these have risen somewhat as commodities have become increasingly financialized. These results are important for those trading in the commodity markets on a frequent basis and long-term market participants that take their decisions based on information on price fundamentals, which are reflected in the release of macroeconomic announcements.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: Announcements, Commodities, Commodity markets, Commodity price fluctuations, Commodity prices, Economic models, Exchange rates, External shocks, Financial assets, Gold, Public information

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Date posted: August 4, 2009  

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Roache, Shaun K. and Rossi, Marco, The Effects of Economic News on Commodity Prices: Is Gold Just Another Commodity? (July 2009). IMF Working Papers, Vol. , pp. 1-28, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1442242

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Shaun K. Roache (Contact Author)
International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )
700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States
Marco Rossi
International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )
700 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States
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