Hedging Characteristics of Commodity Investment in the Emerging Markets
Global Economy and Finance JournalVol. 8. No. 2. , September 2015, Pages: 1 – 13
Hedging Characteristics of Commodity Investment in the Emerging MarketsInvestors derive the greatest risk reduction benefit from portfolio diversification by holding assets with a low co-movement. As correlations between stocks worldwide have been increasing over time, interest in alternative assets such as commodities is also rising. This study examines the risk reducing properties of commodity investment from the perspective of 10 emerging markets from January 1991 through December 2013. Tests of GARCH dynamic conditional correlation coefficients indicate that commodities are portfolio diversifiers, but do not provide a significant long-term hedge. In times of extreme stock market volatility commodities provide a weak safe haven against risk in most countries. During the 1994-95 Mexican peso crisis, the 1997-98 Asian currency crisis, and the 9/11/01 attack, commodities demonstrate significant safe haven properties. However, commodities do not offer significant risk reduction in the 2008 global financial crisis and the 2010 European debt crisis.
JEL Codes: G11, G15