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The Interaction of Working and Speculative Commodity Stocks

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  • Carter, Colin A.
  • Revoredo-Giha, Cesar

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This paper models the interaction of working (also called pipeline) and speculative commodity stocks. We model working inventories (i.e., raw material inventories carried by processors) based on Rameys (1989) model of inventories as factors of production, which allows us to represent storage under inter-temporal price backwardation, observed in commodity markets. We incorporate both speculative and working stocks in a simple model to analyze the interaction and to simulate the relationship between inter-temporal commodity price spreads and stocks. Our model replicates common price patters found in commodity markets.

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  • Carter, Colin A. & Revoredo-Giha, Cesar, 2000. "The Interaction of Working and Speculative Commodity Stocks," 2000 Annual meeting, July 30-August 2, Tampa, FL 21820, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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