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Commodity Price Dynamics
A Structural Approach


  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107616332

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  • Commodities have become an important component of many investors' portfolios and the focus of much political controversy over the past decade. This book utilizes structural models to provide a better understanding of how commodities' prices behave and what drives them. It exploits differences across commodities and examines a variety of predictions of the models to identify where they work and where they fail. The findings of the analysis are useful to scholars, traders and policy makers who want to better understand often puzzling - and extreme - movements in the prices of commodities from aluminium to oil to soybeans to zinc.

    • A rigorous and comprehensive approach to understanding the behavior of commodity prices for all major commodity classes
    • Addresses important policy issues (for example, does speculation distort commodity prices?)
    • Useful for commodity analysts and traders, as well as to finance and economics scholars researching commodities
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Craig Pirrong is one of the most thoughtful scholars working on commodity markets today and he combines an understanding of finance, statistics, and economics in a way that is rare. His book presents a focused and convincing message concerning the advantages of using a structural approach to modeling commodity prices. The interplay between modeling and empirical validation is excellent and provides considerable insight on how commodity prices work and why they work the way they do.' Paul Fackler, North Carolina State University

    'This book provides a rigorous and much-needed analysis of the economics of commodity markets. In contrast to the histrionics reflected in today's headlines, the analysis is based on the firm foundation provided by the rational model of commodity storage. The basic model is explained in terms that are accessible to anyone with a working knowledge of basic economics, a considerable contribution in itself. Readers will especially appreciate the thorough discussion of failures of the model under various conditions and what this implies for our understanding of commodity markets. Pithy comments that are sprinkled throughout the book highlight key points. Researchers, market participants, and policy makers can all benefit handsomely by reading this book.' Scott Irwin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    'Pirrong's book is a rich and thorough treatment of dynamic models of commodity price determination, particularly metals prices.' Kenneth J. Singleton, Stanford University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107616332
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 62 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Storables modeling basics
    3. Continuously produced commodity price dynamics
    4. Empirical performance of the two-factor model
    5. Stochastic volatility
    6. Seasonal commodities
    7. Carbon markets
    8. Non-storable commodities.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Commodity futures and options
  • Author

    Craig Pirrong, University of Houston
    Craig Pirrong is Professor of Finance and Energy Markets Director for the Global Energy Management Institute at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. He was previously Watson Family Professor of Commodity and Financial Risk Management at Oklahoma State University and a faculty member at the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago and Washington University. Professor Pirrong's research focuses on commodities and commodity derivative pricing, the relation between market fundamentals and commodity price dynamics and the implications of this relation for the pricing of commodity derivatives, derivatives market regulation, commodity market manipulation and the organization of commodity markets. He has published 35 articles in professional publications and is the author of three books. He has consulted widely with financial exchanges around the world, testified before Congress on energy pricing and served as an expert witness in a variety of cases involving commodity markets. He holds a Ph.D. in business economics from the University of Chicago.

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