Climate Risk and Gold

29 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2022

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Afees Salisu

Centre for Econometrics and Applied Research

Abeeb Olaniran

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lukman Lasisi

Lagos Business School, Lekki

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the predictive content of both transition and physical risks for the volatility of gold return as well as the utility gains of observing these risks. We utilize the recently developed daily frequency climate risk data and thereafter construct a predictive model that accommodates the salient features of the predictor series such as persistence, endogeneity bias and conditional heteroscedasticity. Our results offer the following distinct contributions to the literature. One, we show that the return volatility of gold has a positively significant relationship with transition risk and a negatively significant relationship with physical risk. Given some salient features of gold, its safe haven property and its rarity in nature, our result appears very plausible. Two, we find evidence for an out-of-sample predictability between return volatility of gold and both of transition and physical risks although with greater predictive prowess from the former. Lastly, we confirm that accounting for both transition and physical risks guarantees higher economic gains for a utility maximizing investor that observes these risks in the gold market. We further demonstrate the robustness of our findings to multiple forecast horizons and alternative commodity(ies).

Keywords: Keywords: Climate change-related risk, Gold, Transition risk, Physical risk, Forecast, Utility metrics

Suggested Citation

Salisu, Afees and Olaniran, Abeeb and Lasisi, Lukman, Climate Risk and Gold. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4217630 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4217630

Afees Salisu (Contact Author)

Centre for Econometrics and Applied Research ( email )

Ibadan, OR Oyo Stase 10001
Nigeria

Abeeb Olaniran

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lukman Lasisi

Lagos Business School, Lekki ( email )

Km 22 Lekki Epe Expressway
Ajah
Lagos
Nigeria
+2347035083455 (Phone)

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