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What is a better cross-hedge for energy: Equities or other commodities?
journal contributionposted on 2019-07-01, 13:23 authored by Eric Olson, Andrew VivianAndrew Vivian, Mark Wohar
© 2018 Can energy futures returns be effectively hedged? If so, what is the best hedge instrument? We study the hedging performance of several cross-hedges including the equity market, oil and gas equities, precious metals, industrial metals, and agricultural commodities. Our main conclusion is that cross-hedging of fluctuations in the energy market is generally not very effective and that any reduction in overall risk is small unless the oil and gas equity index is used. While all cross-hedges have performed better since 2007, the oil and gas equity index is the most effective, reducing risk by up to 20%, but it is also the most expensive.
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