#### SPECIAL: Commodities

### Commodity carry

Across assets, carry is defined as return for unchanged prices and is calculated based on the difference between spot and futures prices (view post...

### Seasonal effects in commodity futures curves

Seasonal fluctuations are evident for many commodity prices. However, their exact size can be quite uncertain. Hence, seasons affect commodity futures curves in two...

### Commodity pricing

A new paper combines two key aspects of commodity pricing: a rational pricing model based on the present value of future convenience yields...

### The latent factors behind commodity price indices

A 35-year empirical study suggests that about one third of the monthly changes in a broad commodity price index can be attributed to a...

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To understand financial market dynamics, it is helpful to distinguish beliefs, attitudes towards risk, and...

### Building a real-time market distress index

A new Fed paper explains how to construct a real-time distress index, using the case...

### The financial stability interest rate

The financial stability interest rate is a threshold above which the real interest rate in...

### Contagion and self-fulfilling dynamics

Contagion and self-fulfilling feedback loops are propagation mechanisms at the heart of systemic financial crises....

### Macro uncertainty as predictor of market volatility

Market volatility measures the size of variations of asset returns. Macroeconomic uncertainty measures the size...

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### Macro information waste and the quantamental solution

Financial markets are not macro information efficient. This means that investment decisions miss out on...

### Statistical arbitrage risk premium

Any asset can use a portfolio of similar assets to hedge against its factor exposure....

### Market dynamics: belief, risk, and ambiguity effects

To understand financial market dynamics, it is helpful to distinguish beliefs, attitudes towards risk, and...

### Building a real-time market distress index

A new Fed paper explains how to construct a real-time distress index, using the case...

### Understanding the disposition effect

Investors have a tendency to sell assets that have earned them positive returns and are...

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