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Ad-hoc Seminar: Commodities as Collateral

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  • UserKe Tang, Professor of Finance, School of Social Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing
  • ClockTuesday 08 September 2015, 12:00-13:00
  • HouseRoom W4.03 Judge Business School.

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This paper proposes and tests a theory of using commodities as collateral for financing. Under capital control and collateral constraint, financial investors import commodities and pledge them as collateral to earn a risk premium. The collateral demand for com- modities increases commodity prices globally; it also increases commodity futures risk premium in the importing country but reduces that in the exporting country. Evidence from eight commodities in China and developed markets supports the theoretical pre-dictions, and the effects are economically large. Our theory and evidence complement the theory of storage and provide new insights on the financialization of commodity markets.

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