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Optimal hedging with higher moments

  • Chris Brooks
  • Alešs Černý
  • Joëlle Miffre

This study proposes a utility-based framework for the determination of optimal hedge ratios that can allow for the impact of higher moments on the hedging decision. The approach is applied to a set of 20 commodities that are hedged with futures contracts. We find that in sample, the performance of hedges constructed allowing for non-zero higher moments is only very slightly better than the performance of the much simpler OLS hedge ratio. When implemented out of sample, utility-based hedge ratios are usually less stable over time, and can make investors worse off for some assets compared to hedging using the traditional methods. We conclude, in common with a growing body of very recent literature, by suggesting that higher moments matter in theory but not in practice.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of Futures Markets.

Volume (Year): 32 (2012)
Issue (Month): 10 (October)
Pages: 909-944

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Handle: RePEc:wly:jfutmk:v:32:y:2012:i:10:p:909-944
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