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Hedging Risk For Feeder Cattle With A Traditional Hedge Compared To A Ratio Hedge


  • Elam, Emmett W.
  • Davis, James


This paper compares hedging risk for various weights of feeder cattle hedged with a traditional cross hedge and a ratio cross hedge. A traditional hedge calls for the purchase/sale of one pound of futures for each pound of cash feeder cattle. By contrast, a ratio hedge requires estimation of a hedge ratio to determine the number of pounds of futures needed to hedge one pound of cash feeder cattle. Hedge ratios were found to be larger than 1.0 for light-weight feeder cattle. By using the estimated hedge ratios, it was shown that hedging risk could be reduced 20-50 percent compared to that achieved by using a hedge ratio of 1.0.

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  • Elam, Emmett W. & Davis, James, 1990. "Hedging Risk For Feeder Cattle With A Traditional Hedge Compared To A Ratio Hedge," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 22(02), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:sojoae:30012

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    1. Anderson, Ronald W & Danthine, Jean-Pierre, 1981. "Cross Hedging," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 89(6), pages 1182-1196, December.
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