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A comparison of the convenience yield and interest-adjusted basis

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  • Fouquau, Julien
  • Six, Pierre

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The convenience yield is a major notion in commodity markets but this variable is unobservable. Consequently, two methods are generally used to test stylized facts regarding commodity convenience yields: the first method relies on a convenience yield filtered from derivative prices while the second one directly uses an observable proxy, the interest-adjusted basis. We believe that our study is the first to theoretically prove that these two methods do not provide the same results. We confirm this finding by analyzing the copper and oil markets.

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  • Fouquau, Julien & Six, Pierre, 2015. "A comparison of the convenience yield and interest-adjusted basis," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 14(C), pages 142-149.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:14:y:2015:i:c:p:142-149
    DOI: 10.1016/j.frl.2015.05.005
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    Keywords

    Theory of storage; Commodity futures markets; Convenience yield; Interest-adjusted basis;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
    • Q02 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Commodity Market

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