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Macroeconomic Factors and Oil Futures Prices: A Data-Rich Model

I study the dynamics of oil futures prices in the NYMEX using a large panel dataset that includes global macroeconomic indicators, financial market indices, quantities and prices of energy products. I extract common factors from these series and estimate a Factor-Augmented Vector Autoregression for the maturity structure of oil futures prices. I find that latent factors generate information that, once combined with that of the yields, improves the forecasting performance for oil prices. Furthermore, I show that a factor correlated to purely financial developments contributes to the model performance, in addition to factors related to energy quantities and prices.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2009:7.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 10 Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2009_0007
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