Do Bubbles Occur in the Gold Price? An Investigation of Gold Lease Rates and Markov Switching Models
21 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2012 Last revised: 11 Jul 2015
Date Written: December 1, 2012
We assess whether two classes of bubbles occur in the spot price of gold, rational speculative and periodically bursting bubbles, using gold’s’ lease rates for the first time in the literature as a measures of its fundamental value. This question is of particular significance as these are the only observable market measures of a yield that can be earned by owning gold. We use tradition unit root and cointegration tests for rational speculative bubbles and Markov Switching Augmented Dickey-Fuller tests for periodically bursting bubbles. Bubbles are found to possibly exist for in ADF and cointegration bubble tests, but under the markov switching model no bubble found to be present.
Keywords: Gold, Markov, Switching, Bubbles, Lease, Rates
JEL Classification: C01, F49, G12, G15
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