Energy Commodities Revealed through Hedging Characteristics: Evidence from Developing and Mature Markets

40 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2015 Last revised: 18 Dec 2015

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Simon Spencer

University College Dublin (UCD) - Department of Banking & Finance

Don Bredin

University College Dublin (UCD) - Department of Banking & Finance

Thomas Conlon

University College Dublin

Date Written: December 17, 2015

Abstract

What can we learn about a physical commodity by studying its hedging characteristics? We use a hedging study to shed light on important properties of ethanol (a developing market) and corn (a mature market). Our three primary innovations are empirical, with implications for all storable commodities. We identify important differences between regularly cited data sets for spot ethanol prices and clearly explain these differences in terms of the data collection methodology. The data selection implications for hedge effectiveness are found to be substantial. Having provided clarity on the data, we find consistent evidence to support the "simple is better" hypothesis in relation to hedging models. Finally we caution against complacency, as our methodology reveals how extreme events can lead to biases which reduce the hedge effectiveness at the very times when effective hedges are most needed.

Keywords: Hedging, Corn, Ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard, data set choice, model choice, 2013 corn harvest

JEL Classification: G13, G18, Q02, Q40, Q42

Suggested Citation

Spencer, Simon and Bredin, Don and Conlon, Thomas, Energy Commodities Revealed through Hedging Characteristics: Evidence from Developing and Mature Markets (December 17, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2645660 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2645660

Simon Spencer (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) - Department of Banking & Finance ( email )

Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Ireland

Don Bredin

University College Dublin (UCD) - Department of Banking & Finance ( email )

School of Business
Blackrock, Co. Dublin, 4
Ireland

HOME PAGE: http://www.ucd.ie/bankingfinance/staff_bredin.html

Thomas Conlon

University College Dublin ( email )

Smurfit Graduate Business School
Blackrock
Co. Dublin, n/a
Ireland

HOME PAGE: http://www.ucd.ie/bankingfinance/staff/drthomasconlon/

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