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Financial instruments to hedge commodity price risk for developing countries

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  • Lu, Yinqiu

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    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Neftci, Salih

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Many developing economies are heavily exposed to commodity markets, leaving them vulnerable to the vagaries of international commodity prices. This paper examines the use of commodity options, including plain vanilla, risk reversal, and barrier options, to hedge such risks. It then proposes the use of a new structured product, a sovereign Eurobond with an embedded option on a specific commodity price. By extracting commodity price risk out of the bond, such an instrument insulates the bond default risk from commodity price movements, allowing it to be marketed at a lower credit spread. The product is also designed to help developing countries establish a credit derivatives market, which would in turn enhance the marketability and liquidity of sovereign bonds.

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Article provided by Capco Institute in its journal Journal of Financial Transformation.

Volume (Year): 24 (2008)
Issue (Month): ()
Pages: 137-143

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Handle: RePEc:ris:jofitr:0820

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Keywords: Developing economies commodity risk; options; debt instrument; credit default swaps;

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  1. Joseph P. Byrne & Giorgio Fazio & Norbert Fiess, 2010. "Primary commodity prices: co-movements, common factors and fundamentals," Working Papers 2010_27, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow.

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