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Can Exchange Rates Forecast Commodity Prices? Recent Evidence using Australian Data


  • Kieran Burgess

    () (Griffith University)

  • Nicholas Rohde

    () (Griffith University)


Recent papers by Chen et al (2009, 2010) suggest that exchange rates have predictive power over future commodity price movements. We use a Vector Error-Correction model to test this hypothesis using Australian data. We find substantial evidence of in-sample forecasting power but are unable to consistently out-perform naïve benchmarks for out-of-sample forecasts.

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  • Kieran Burgess & Nicholas Rohde, 2013. "Can Exchange Rates Forecast Commodity Prices? Recent Evidence using Australian Data," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 511-518.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00410

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    Forecasting; Time-Series; Cointegration; Vector Error-Correction;

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    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance


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