The information content of a nonlinear macro-finance model for commodity prices

Saqib Khan, Zeigham Khokher, Timothy Simin

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State-of-the-art term structure models of commodity prices have serious difficulties extrapolating the prices of long-maturity futures contracts from short-dated contracts. This situation is problematic for valuing real commodity-linked assets. We estimate a nonlinear four-factor continuous time model of commodity price dynamics. The model nests many previous specifications. To estimate the model, we use crude oil prices and inventories. The inventory data and nonlinear price dynamics have a large impact on oil price forecasts. The additional factor in our model compared with current three-factor models has a significant impact on model-implied long-maturity futures prices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2818-2850
Number of pages33
JournalReview of Financial Studies
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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