The Financialization of Commodity Markets
The large inflow of investment capital to commodity futures markets in the last decade has generated a heated debate about whether financialization distorts commodity prices. Rather than focusing on the opposing views concerning whether investment flows either did or did not cause a price bubble, we critically review academic studies through the perspective of how financial investors affect risk sharing and information discovery in commodity markets. We argue that financialization has substantially changed commodity markets through these mechanisms.
This review is prepared for the Annual Review of Financial Economics. We thank James Smith and Michael Sockin for helpful comments. Xiong acknowledges financial support from Smith Richardson Foundation grant #2011-8691. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Financialization of Commodity Markets Annual Review of Financial Economics Vol. 6: 419-441 (Volume publication date December 2014) First published online as a Review in Advance on October 09, 2014 DOI: 10.1146/annurev-financial-110613-034432 Ing-Haw Cheng and Wei Xiong citation courtesy of