Commodities and Policy Uncertainty Channel(s)

K. Smimou, D. Bosch, G. Filbeck

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Based on a proposed linked theoretical model, this study dissects the contributory role of policy uncertainty on commodity futures contracts and pertinent commodity equity sectors. Within an economically connected framework, we elucidate the dynamic relationship between these groups of assets while allowing for policy uncertainty shock. Findings show that commodity hedgers altered trading positions in metals in response to a high policy uncertainty shock before 2004. In contrast, speculators account for that shock after that date purely via crude oil. Both monetary policy and regulatory uncertainties influence the pricing dynamics of metals and energy commodities. Given the inextricable commodity–stock relationship, we offer evidence to support the triple effect of economic policy uncertainty on the intensiveness of financialization of commodities and commodity stock returns through (1) change of institutional holdings, (2) managers’ alteration of CAPEX investment of commodity firms, and (3) the interactive causality channel between commodity futures and commodity stocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-379
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Review of Economics and Finance
StatePublished - Apr 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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