Gold returns are relatively less responsive against contemporaneous and lagged oil volatility (OVX) jumps; thus, gold acts as a weak hedge against OVX jumps, finds this study.
Vaneet Bhatia, Associate Professor, Jindal School of Banking & Finance, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
Debojyoti Das, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
Surya Bhushan Kumar, Indian Institute of Management Indore, Prabandh Shikhar, Rau-Pithampur Road, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Sankarshan Basu, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
In this study, we investigate the impacts of contemporaneous and lagged implied oil volatility (OVX) jumps on precious metals (gold, palladium, platinum, and silver) with the focus on hedging property of precious metals. Additionally, the impacts of OVX jumps on precious metals is investigated in returns and volatility. The results show that gold returns are relatively less responsive against contemporaneous and lagged OVX jumps, thus, gold acts as a weak hedge against OVX jumps.
However, other metals (copper, palladium, platinum, and silver) do not serve as a hedge against contemporaneous OVX jumps. Nevertheless, these metals takeover the traditional hedging favourite ‘gold’ in the case of lagged OVX jumps and offers a strong hedge.
It suggests that ignoring past information could severely undermine the investigation of OVX and the precious metal relationship. OVX jumps result in an increased volatility in precious metals, thereby indicating that all precious metals behave as a single asset class in terms of volatility transmissions.
Moreover, gold is the contemporaneous metal of choice when risk perception is high or investors are averse to risk. Nevertheless, as information is diffused, other metals yield better performance as a hedge.
Published in: International Review of Financial Analysis
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