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New Evidence on Agricultural Commodity Return Performance under Time-Varying Risk

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  • Bruce Bjornson
  • Colin A. Carter

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Holding commodity stocks is a major investment that commodity producers, merchants, and processors must continually manage. In this paper we study the conditional risk and return characteristics of commodities. We use a generalized method of moments estimator in a model of conditional expected returns under a single-beta asset pricing theory framework, allowing both the risk premium and the beta to vary with time. We find that expected returns to commodities are lower during times of high interest rates, expected inflation, and economic growth. This suggests that commodities provide a natural hedge against business cycles. Copyright 1997, Oxford University Press.

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  • Bruce Bjornson & Colin A. Carter, 1997. "New Evidence on Agricultural Commodity Return Performance under Time-Varying Risk," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 79(3), pages 918-930.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:79:y:1997:i:3:p:918-930
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