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Forecasting metal prices: Do forecasters herd?

  • Pierdzioch, Christian
  • Rülke, Jan-Christoph
  • Stadtmann, Georg

We analyze more than 20,000 forecasts of nine metal prices at four different forecast horizons. We document that forecasts are heterogeneous and report that anti-herding appears to be a source of this heterogeneity. Forecaster anti-herding reflects strategic interactions among forecasters that foster incentives to scatter forecasts around a consensus forecast.

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Volume (Year): 37 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 150-158

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