Selective Hedging Strategies for Oil Stockpiling
Hanyang University - Economics and Finance
Energy Policy, Vol. 34, pp. 3495-3504, 2006
As a feasible option for improving the economics and operational efficiency of stockpiling by public agency, this study suggests simple selective hedging strategies using forward contracts. The main advantage of these selective hedging strategies over the previous ones is not to predict future spot prices, but to utilize the sign and magnitude of basis easily available to the public. Using the weekly spot and forward prices of WTI for the period of October 1997 to August 2002, this study adopts an ex ante out-of-sample analysis to examine selective hedging performances compared to no-hedge and minimum-variance routine hedging strategies. To some extent, selective hedging strategies dominate the traditional routine hedging strategy, but do not improve upon the expected returns of no-hedge case, which is mainly due to the data characteristics of out-of-sample period used in this analysis.
Keywords: Selective Hedging, Forward Contracts, Oil Stockpiling
JEL Classification: C15, D81, Q40Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: October 28, 2006
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