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Understanding world metals prices--Returns, volatility and diversification

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  • Chen, Mei-Hsiu
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    In recent times, the prices of internationally traded metals have reached record highs and there is considerable uncertainty regarding their future. This phenomenon is partially driven by strong demand from a small number of emerging economies, such as China and India. This paper uses a long time-series (1900-2007) on 21 metals prices to investigate their properties, and presents unique features of their volatility, including a decomposition into within- and between-group components. If most volatility is commodity-specific rather than "global", then metals-exporting dependent economies can smooth income via diversification.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Resources Policy.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 127-140

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jrpoli:v:35:y:2010:i:3:p:127-140

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    Keywords: Metals prices World economy Volatility;

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    1. Buhl, Hans Ulrich & Strauß, Sofie & Wiesent, Julia, 2011. "The impact of commodity price risk management on the profits of a company," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(4), pages 346-353.
    2. David M Gomez & Guillermo J Ortega & Benno Torgler & German Debat, 2011. "Co-movements in commodity prices: a note based on network analysis," School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series 274, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.
    3. Gleich, Benedikt & Achzet, Benjamin & Mayer, Herbert & Rathgeber, Andreas, 2013. "An empirical approach to determine specific weights of driving factors for the price of commodities—A contribution to the measurement of the economic scarcity of minerals and metals," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(3), pages 350-362.
    4. Gustavo A. Marrero & Luis A. Puch & Francisco J. Ramos-Real, 2013. "Mean-variance portfolio methods for energy policy risk management," Documentos de Trabajo del ICAE 2013-41, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico.
    5. Philippe Charlot & Vêlayoudom Marimoutou, 2014. "On the relationship between the prices of oil and the precious metals: Revisiting with a multivariate regime-switching decision tree," Working Papers hal-00980125, HAL.
    6. Sensoy, Ahmet, 2013. "Dynamic relationship between precious metals," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(4), pages 504-511.

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