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On the Information Content of Oil Future Prices

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This paper deals with the efficiency of the Brent Crude oil future contracts and tests whether futures can be used to predict realized oil spot prices. Evidence suggests that future prices up to three-months contracts on Brent Crude are unbiased predictors of future spot prices but the explanation power is not high (around 20%). Furthermore, using cointegration techniques the unbiasedness hypothesis for future prices as predictors of realized spot prices could not be rejected. When the sample is divided into sub-periods, the absence of bias in futures prices is rejected.

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  • Benjamin Miranda Tabak, 2003. "On the Information Content of Oil Future Prices," Working Papers Series 65, Central Bank of Brazil, Research Department.
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