Commodity Market Behavior in Different States of the Economy

Project Lead: Michael Obersteiner (IIASA)
Team: Ines Fortin, Jaroslava Hlouskova, Jesús Crespo Cuaresma (WU)
Duration: July 2018 – July 2020
Funding: FWF P30915-G27
Cooperation: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)

We develop an econometric modelling framework to forecast commodity prices taking into account potentially different dynamics and linkages existing at different states of the world and using different performance measures to validate the predictions. We assess the extent to which the quality of the forecasts can be improved by entertaining different regime-dependent threshold models considering different threshold variables. We evaluate prediction quality using both loss minimization and profit maximization measures based on directional accuracy, directional value, the ability to predict turning points, and the returns implied by a simple trading strategy. Our analysis provides overwhelming evidence that allowing for regime-dependent dynamics leads to improvements in predictive ability for the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index, as well as for its five sub-indices (energy, industrial metals, precious metals, agriculture, livestock). Our results suggest the existence of a trade-off between predictive ability based on loss and profit measures, which implies that the particular aim of the prediction exercise carried out plays a very important role in terms of defining which set of models is the best to use.


Jesús Crespo Cuaresma, Ines Fortin, Jaroslava Hlouskova, Michael Obersteiner (2021): Regime-dependent commodity price dynamics: A predictive analysis, IHS Working Paper Series 28

Conference Presentations

Jesús Crespo Cuaresma, Ines Fortin (presenting), Jaroslava Hlouskova, Michael Obersteiner: Commodity market behavior in different states of the economy, 13th International Conference on Computational and Financial Econometrics (CFE 2019), London, December 2019