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Pricing Term Structure Risk in Futures Markets

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  • de Roon, Frans A.
  • Nijman, Theo E.
  • Veld, Chris

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One-period expected returns on futures contracts with di erent maturities di er because of risk premia in the spreads between futures and spot prices.We analyze the expected returns for futures contracts with di erent maturities using the information that is present in the current term structure of futures prices.A simple a ne one-factor model that implies a constant covariance between the pricing kernel and the cost-of-carry can not be rejected for heating oil and German Mark futures contracts.For gold and soybean futures the risk premia depend on the slope of the current term structure of futures prices, while for live cattle futures the evidence is mixed.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Volume (Year): 33 (1998)
Issue (Month): 01 (March)
Pages: 139-157

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  1. Shi, Wei & Irwin, Scott H. & Good, Darrel L. & Dietz, Sarah N., 2005. "Wheat Forward Contract Pricing: Evidence on Forecast Power and Risk Premia," 2005 Conference, April 18-19, 2005, St. Louis, Missouri 19043, NCR-134 Conference on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management.
  2. Kumar, Satish & Trück, Stefan, 2014. "Unbiasedness and risk premiums in the Indian currency futures market," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 13-32.
  3. Patricia Fraser & Andrew McKaig, 2001. "Basis variation and a common source of risk: evidence from UK futures markets," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(1), pages 39-62.
  4. Frans A. de Roon & Rob W. J. van den Goorbergh & Theo E. Nijman, 2004. "An Anatomy of Futures Returns: Risk Premiums and Trading Strategies," WO Research Memoranda (discontinued) 757, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.

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