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The Economics of Commodity Futures Markets: A Survey

  • Gray, Roger W.
  • Rutledge, David J.S.
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    This article reviews some of the literature pertaining to futures markets. After briefly considering how the evolution of the institution of futures trading has required changing interpretations, we devote a longer section to the interplay between theory and evidence concerning intertemporal price relationships. While disputed and inconclusive interpretations persist, Working's theory of the price of storage and his revision of hedging doctrine are clear landmarks of progress in understanding these price relationships. We deal separately with hedging theory; then with the relation between futures and price variability; and finally with the stochastic attributes of futures prices.

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    Article provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its journal Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 39 (1971)
    Issue (Month): 04 (December)
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    1. Stewart, Blair, 1949. "An Analysis of Speculative Trading in Grain Futures," Technical Bulletins 156265, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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    8. Smidt, Seymour, 1965. "A Test of the Serial Independence Price Changes in Soybean Futures," Food Research Institute Studies, Stanford University, Food Research Institute, issue 02.
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