Long-Short Commodity Investing: A Review of the Literature

This article reviews recent academic studies that analyse the performance of long-short strategies in commodity futures markets. Special attention is devoted to the strategies based on roll-yields, ...

Author(s):

Joëlle Miffre

Professor of Finance, EDHEC Business School Member, EDHEC-Risk Institute

This article reviews recent academic studies that analyse the performance of long-short strategies in commodity futures markets. Special attention is devoted to the strategies based on roll-yields, inventory levels or hedging pressure that directly arise from the theory of storage and the hedging pressure hypothesis. Alternative strategies based on past performance, risk, value, skewness, liquidity or inflation betas are also studied, alongside with recent attempts to enhance performance by modifying or combining the original signals. All in all, the literature highlights the superiority of being long-short in commodity futures markets relative to being long-only.

Type: Working paper
Date: le 23/05/2017
Research Cluster : Finance

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