Transaction Frequency and Hedging in Commodity Processing

This study examines the effect of transaction frequency on profit and cash flow risk for firms that periodically purchase inputs, continuously transform inputs into outputs, and periodically sell output. Soybean-processing profit and cash flows are computed for unhedged, direct-hedged, and risk-minimizing-hedged processing with up to 52 transactions per year. Findings include: (a) higher transaction frequencies result in lower unhedged profit and cash flow risk and lower hedging effectiveness, (b) anticipatory hedging provides less risk protection than product-transformation hedging, (c) stabilizing cash flow stabilizes annual profits but the converse does not hold, and (d) hedging profits makes cash flow more variable.


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Issue Date:
2005-12
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/30985
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 30, Number 3
Page range:
411-430
Total Pages:
20




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