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An Inflation Hedging Strategy with Commodities: A Core Driven Global Macro

Fulli-Lemaire, Nicolas (2012): An Inflation Hedging Strategy with Commodities: A Core Driven Global Macro. Published in: The Journal of Investment Strategies - Risk , Vol. 2, No. Summer (June 2013): pp. 23-50.

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Abstract

Recent academic studies have shown that since the mid-nineties, the pass-through of exogenous oil shocks into headline inflation has been increasing while the pass through into core inflation seems to have ceased. This paper explores the implications in terms of commodity allocation for inflation hedging portfolios these recent works have paved the way for. We proceed by first evidencing a link between the headline to core inflation spread and tradable commodities. We subsequently intend to exploit this link in two ways: firstly by devising an efficient strategic allocation using core inflation forecasts to determine the commodities’ natural weight in the portfolio as dictated by our macro approach. And secondly by testing a tactical allocation strategy which would time the pass-through cycle to dynamically determine the optimal share of commodities in the allocation.

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