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Optimal Hedging Strategies For The U.S. Cattle Feeder


  • Leuthold, Raymond M.
  • Noussinov, Mikhail A.


Multiproduct optimal hedging for simulated cattle feeding is compared to alternative hedging strategies using weekly price data for 1983-95. Out-of-sample means and variances of hedged feeding margins using estimated hedge ratios for four commodities suggest that there is no consistent domination pattern among the alternative strategies, leaving the hedging decision up to the agent's degree of risk aversion. However, all hedging strategies significantly reduce the feeding margin's means and variances compared to no hedging, with variance reduction always exceeding 50%. Hedging results appear quite sensitive to the data set and its size.

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  • Leuthold, Raymond M. & Noussinov, Mikhail A., 1999. "Optimal Hedging Strategies For The U.S. Cattle Feeder," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 17(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:14679

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    1. Ardian Harri & John Michael Riley & John D. Anderson & Keith H. Coble, 2009. "Managing economic risk in value-based marketing of fed cattle," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 40(3), pages 295-306, May.


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