New evidence on the financialization of commodity markets

Brian J. Henderson, Neil D. Pearson, Li Wang

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This paper uses a novel dataset of commodity-linked notes (CLNs) to examine the impact of the flows of financial investors on commodity futures prices. Investor flows into and out of CLNs are passed to and withdrawn from the futures markets via issuers' trades to hedge their CLN liabilities. The flows are not based on information about futures price movements but nonetheless cause increases and decreases in commodity futures prices when they are passed through to and withdrawn from the futures markets. These finding are consistent with the hypothesis that non-information-based financial investments have important impacts on commodity prices. (JEL G13, G14, G23).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1285-1311
Number of pages27
JournalReview of Financial Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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