CASH ETHANOL CROSS-HEDGING OPPORTUNITIES

Increased use of alternative fuels and low commodity prices have contributed to the recent expansion of the ethanol industry. As with any competitive industry, there exists some level of output price risk in the form of volatility. Yet, no actively traded ethanol futures market exists to transfer output price risk to. This study reports estimated minimum variance cross-hedge ratios between Michigan spot cash ethanol and the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) unleaded gasoline futures for 1-, 4-, 8-, 16-, and 24-week hedging periods. The research yields two results. First, the appropriate quantity of ethanol to hedge with one 42,000 NYMEX unleaded gasoline futures contract for each respective hedging period is realized. Second, the magnitude of the quantities of ethanol required to implement an effective minimum variance cross-hedge ratio is recognized as a possible deterrent to ethanol buyers and sellers from entering into a cross-hedge.


Issue Date:
2002
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/26035
Total Pages:
17
Series Statement:
Agricultural Economics Working Paper No. 2002-09




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