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Can Exchange Rates Forecast Commodity Prices? Recent Evidence using Australian Data

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  • Kieran Burgess

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    (Griffith University)

  • Nicholas Rohde

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    (Griffith University)

Abstract

Recent papers by Chen et al (2009, 2010) suggest that exchange rates have predictive power over future commodity price movements. We use a Vector Error-Correction model to test this hypothesis using Australian data. We find substantial evidence of in-sample forecasting power but are unable to consistently out-perform naïve benchmarks for out-of-sample forecasts.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 33 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 511-518

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00410

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Keywords: Forecasting; Time-Series; Cointegration; Vector Error-Correction;

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