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An option on the average European futures prices for an efficient hog producer risk management


  • Martial Phélippé-Guinvarc’H

    () (Agricultural Insurance Service of GROUPAMASA, 126 Piazza Mont d’Est, 93199 Noisy Le Grand Cedex et Agrocampus Ouest, UMR1302 SMART, F-35000 Rennes, France)

  • Jean Cordier

    (Agrocampus Ouest, UMR 1302 SMART, 4 allée Adolphe Bobierre - CS 61103, F-35011 Rennes cedex et INRA, UMR 1302 SMART, F-35011 Rennes cedex)


The volatility of hog prices is high compared to most agricultural commodities. However, European hog producers do not benefit from any agricultural policy support. Through the continuous production process and induced selling activity on spot markets, producers benefit from a natural moving average product pricing. In addition, asymmetric price risk management is able to increase the expected utility of risk adverse hog producers. But, if there is a futures contract at the European Exchange (EUREX), there is no option market and as a consequence no derivative contracts on the European hog market. The article is presenting how financial intermediaries could offer an innovative derivative contract to complement the “naturall ” steady price of the French hog producers.

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  • Martial Phélippé-Guinvarc’H & Jean Cordier, 2010. "An option on the average European futures prices for an efficient hog producer risk management," Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies - Revue d'Etudes en Agriculture et Environnement, INRA Department of Economics, vol. 91(1), pages 27-42.
  • Handle: RePEc:rae:jourae:v:91:y:2010:i:1:p:27-42

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    1. El Benni, Nadja & Finger, Robert, 2014. "Where is the risk? Price, yield and cost risk in Swiss crop production," Revue d'Etudes en Agriculture et Environnement, Editions NecPlus, vol. 95(03), pages 299-326, September.

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    price risk; margin risk; hog; futures market; replication portfolio; hedging;

    JEL classification:

    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
    • Q14 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Finance
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy


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