[Publisher:] Institut für Weltwirtschaft (IfW) [Place:] Kiel [Year:] 1985
Kiel Working Paper 243
In a futures market hedgers can secure a certain price for a commodity at a future delivery date. The futures price also conveys information about the cash price at the maturity of the futures contract in that it reflects the different cash price expectations of the market participants at the time of contracting. Such information will be particularly important for agents not fully hedged as well as for market participants planning for future production or use. This paper will concentrate on information aspects of futures prices and will disregard the security trade aspect.