Delivery Horizon and Grain Market Volatility
Journal of Futures Markets, Forthcoming
Posted: 18 Aug 2009 Last revised: 12 Apr 2012
Date Written: November 10, 2009
We study the difference in the volatility dynamics of CBOT corn, soybeans, and oats futures prices across different delivery horizons via a smoothed Bayesian estimator. We find that futures price volatilities in these markets are affected by inventories, time to delivery, and the crop progress period and that there are important differences in the effects across delivery horizons. We also find that price volatility is higher before the harvest starts in most cases compared to the volatility during the planting period. These results have implications for hedging, options pricing, and the setting of margin requirements.
Keywords: Bayesian econometrics, futures markets, seasonality, theory of storage, volatility
JEL Classification: C11, G10, Q14
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