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Understanding momentum in commodity markets

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  • Julien Chevallier
  • Mathieu Gatumel
  • Florian Ielpo

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This article investigates momentum strategies in commodity markets. Using a Markov-switching model and formal tests for the number of regimes in the data, we identify momentum trends for a variety of commodities, exchange rates, interest rates and equities. The data cover the period 1995--2012 at a daily frequency. The results shed light on the key differences between commodities and standard assets with regard to the presence of trends, mean-reverting behaviour and number of regimes that would need to be accurately taken into account to build profitable trend-following strategies. The results are also of economic significance for researchers interested in the modelling of commodity time series.

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  • Julien Chevallier & Mathieu Gatumel & Florian Ielpo, 2013. "Understanding momentum in commodity markets," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(15), pages 1383-1402, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:20:y:2013:i:15:p:1383-1402
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2013.815300
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    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • Q02 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Commodity Market

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