FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2006 .130

Pricing and Hedging Illiquid Energy Derivatives: an Application to the JCC Index

Authors: Matteo Manera, Elisa Scarpa
Series: Energy: Resources and Markets
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
Keywords: Hedging models,Cross-hedging,Energy derivatives,Illiquid financial products,Commodity markets,JCC price index
JEL n.: G13,G15
JEL: Journal of Futures Markets
Pages: Vol. 28, No. 5, pp. 464-487
Date: 2008


In this paper we discuss a simple strategy for pricing and hedging illiquid financial products, such as the Japanese crude oil cocktail (JCC) index, the most popular OTC energy derivative in Japan. First, we review the existing literature for computing optimal hedge ratios (OHR) and we propose a critical classification of the existing approaches. Second, we compare the empirical performance of different econometric models (namely, regression models for price levels, price first differences, and price returns, as well as error correction and autoregressive distributed lag models) in terms of their computed OHR, using monthly data on the JCC over the period Janury 2000-January 2006. Third, we illustrate and implement a reliable procedure to price and hedge a swap contract on the JCC with a variable oil volume. We explain how to compute a bid/ask spread and to construct the hedging position for the JCC swap. Fourth, we evaluate our swap pricing scheme with backtesting and rolling regression techniques. Our empirical findings show that it is not necessary to use complicated econometric techniques, since the price-level regression model permits to compute more precise optimal hedge ratios relative to its competing alternatives.

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