Convective Risk Flows in Commodity Futures Markets
Forthcoming, Review of Finance
51 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2012 Last revised: 9 Sep 2014
Date Written: September 8, 2014
We study the joint responses of commodity futures prices and positions of various trader groups to changes of the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) before and after the recent financial crisis. Financial traders reduced their net long positions during the crisis in response to market distress, while hedgers facilitated this by reducing their net short positions as prices fell. This convective risk flow induced by the greater distress of financial institutions led to a change in the allocation of risk with hedgers holding more risk than they did previously. The presence of such a risk flow confirms the market impact of financial traders conditional on trades they initiate.
Keywords: systemic risk, commodity index traders, hedging pressure
JEL Classification: G12, G01, G20, G14
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