Gold and platinum prices are positively correlated over 1985-2006. Yet, over shorter sample periods the correlation changes from positive to negative (1996-2001) and back. The objective of this paper is to determine whether this shift is the result, at least in part, of the rapid increase in forward sales by gold producers, which had the effect of substantially lowering gold prices in the second half of the 1990s (Kearney, A. & Lombra, L. (2008). The non-neutral short run effects of derivatives on gold prices. Applied Financial Economics, 18, 985-994). The results show declining gold prices are associated with large net increases in forward sales, while rising gold prices are associated with declining forward sales or producer dehedging.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics