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The Implied Market Price of Weather Risk

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  • Wolfgang Karl Härdle
  • Brenda López Cabrera

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Weather derivatives (WD) are end-products of a process known as securitization that transforms non-tradable risk factors (weather) into tradable financial assets. For pricing and hedging non-tradable assets, one essentially needs to incorporate the market price of risk (MPR), which is an important parameter of the associated equivalent martingale measure (EMM). The majority of papers so far has priced non-tradable assets assuming zero or constant MPR, but this assumption yields biased prices and has never been quantified earlier under the EMM framework. Given that liquid-derivative contracts based on daily temperature are traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), we infer the MPR from traded futures-type contracts (CAT, CDD, HDD and AAT). The results show how the MPR significantly differs from 0, how it varies in time and changes in sign. It can be parameterized, given its dependencies on time and temperature seasonal variation. We establish connections between the market risk premium (RP) and the MPR.

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  • Wolfgang Karl Härdle & Brenda López Cabrera, 2012. "The Implied Market Price of Weather Risk," Applied Mathematical Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(1), pages 59-95, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apmtfi:v:19:y:2012:i:1:p:59-95 DOI: 10.1080/1350486X.2011.591170
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    1. Karl Härdle, Wolfgang & López-Cabrera, Brenda & Teng, Huei-Wen, 2015. "State price densities implied from weather derivatives," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 106-125.
    2. Fred Benth & Wolfgang Karl Härdle & Brenda López Cabrera, 2009. "Pricing of Asian temperature risk," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2009-046, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
    3. Wolfgang Karl Härdle & Brenda López Cabrera & Ostap Okhrin & Weining Wang, 2011. "Localising temperature risk," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2011-001, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

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