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Commodity Currencies and Currency Commodities

  • Kenneth W. Clements

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    (UWA Business School, The University of Western Australia)

  • Renee Fry

    (Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, The Australian National University & Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance, The University of Cambridge)

There is a large literature on the influence of commodity prices on the currencies of countries with a large commodity-based export sector such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada (“commodity currencies”). There is also the idea that because of pricing power, the value of currencies of certain commodity-producing countries affects commodity prices, such as metals, energy, and agricultural-based products (“currency commodities”). This paper merges these two strands of the literature to analyse the simultaneous workings of commodity and currency markets. We implement the approach by using the Kalman filter to jointly estimate the determinants of the prices of these currencies and commodities. Included in the specification is an allowance for spillovers between the two asset types. The methodology is able to determine the extent that currencies are indeed driven by commodities, or that commodities are driven by currencies, over the period 1975 to 2005.

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Paper provided by The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics in its series Economics Discussion / Working Papers with number 06-17.

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Length: 64 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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