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Cointegration Based Trading Strategy For Soft Commodities Market

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  • Piotr Arendarski

    () (University of Warsaw, Faculty of Economic Sciences)

  • Łukasz Postek

    (University of Warsaw, Faculty of Economic Sciences; National Bank of Poland, Economic Institute)

Abstract

This paper explores cointegration among three of the most popular agriculture soft commodities (corn, soya and wheat) and its potential usefulness for dynamic asset allocation strategies. Johansen tests indicate that natural logarithms of weekly prices of corn, soya and wheat futures are cointegrated and two cointegrating vectors exist. Formal tests show that the estimated long-run relationship is stable even beyond the estimation sample. We use obtained results to create simple trading rules and verify their profitability. The trading strategies’ risk-adjusted abnormal returns look to be significant based on the Sharpe ratio criterion and they are low correlated with the stock market.

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  • Piotr Arendarski & Łukasz Postek, 2012. "Cointegration Based Trading Strategy For Soft Commodities Market," Working Papers 2012-02, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.
  • Handle: RePEc:war:wpaper:2012-02
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    Keywords

    cointegration; soft commodities; trading rule;

    JEL classification:

    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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