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La volatilité des prix des matières premières

  • Delphine Lautier
  • Yves Simon
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    [eng] The volatility of commodity prices This article is centred on the volatility of commodity prices. It presents the instruments offering a protection against volatility and shows how they can be employed. The first section exposes these derivative instruments. It distinguishes them in step with the need they respond and the way they are traded. It also recalls the fundamental principles of hedging. The second section is devoted to the term structure of commodity prices and its dynamic behaviour. A study of the volatility of crude oil future prices illustrates the presentation. The last section underlines the interest of the information provided by future prices curves, not even for hedging purposes, but also for stock management and investment. JEL classifications : G13, G14, G15, Q14, Q40, C51, C52, D84 [fre] Cet article expose la problématique de la volatilité des prix des matières premières, montre quels sont les moyens pour s'en protéger et explique comment les employer. Les instruments de couverture sont présentés en première section, en distinguant le type de besoin auquel ils répondent et le mode d'organisation du marché sur lesquels ils sont échangés. Cette présentation permet de rappeler les principes fondamentaux de la couverture. La deuxième section est consacrée à la structure par terme des prix des matières premières et à son comportement dynamique. Elle est illustrée par une étude de l'évolution de la volatilité des prix à terme du pétrole brut. Enfin, la section trois met en évidence l'intérêt que peut avoir l'information apportée par la courbe des prix, non seulement pour la couverture, mais également pour la gestion des stocks et l'investissement. Classification JEL : G13, G14, G15, Q14, Q40, C51, C52, D84

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    Article provided by Programme National Persée in its journal Revue d'économie financière.

    Volume (Year): 74 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 45-84

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    Handle: RePEc:prs:recofi:ecofi_0987-3368_2004_num_74_1_5031
    Note: DOI:10.3406/ecofi.2004.5031
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