Financial Instruments to Hedge Commodity Price Risk for Developing Countries

Author/Editor:

Yinqiu Lu ; Salih N. Neftci

Publication Date:

January 1, 2008

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Many developing economies are heavily exposed to commodity markets, leaving them vulnerable to the vagaries of international commodity prices. This paper examines the use of commodity options-including plain vanilla, risk reversal, and barrier options-to hedge such risk. It then proposes the use of a new structured product-a sovereign Eurobond with an embedded option on a specific commodity price. By extracting commodity price risk out of the bond, such an instrument insulates the bond default risk from commodity price movements, allowing it to be marketed at a lower credit spread. The product is also designed to help developing countries establish a credit derivatives market, which would in turn enhance the marketability and liquidity of sovereign bonds.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/6

Subject:

Frequency:

Biannually

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451868685/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008006

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

20

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