Ron Alquist

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What Does the Convenience Yield Curve Tell Us about the Crude Oil Market?

Using the prices of crude oil futures contracts, we construct the term structure of crude oil convenience yields out to one-year maturity. The crude oil convenience yield can be interpreted as the interest rate, denominated in barrels of oil, for borrowing a single barrel of oil, and it measures the value of storing crude oil over the borrowing period.
Content Type(s): Research, Working Papers Topic(s): Asset Pricing, International topics JEL Code(s): C, C5, C53, G, G1, G12, G13, Q, Q4, Q43

Commodity Price Co-Movement and Global Economic Activity

Working Paper 2014-32 Ron Alquist, Olivier Coibion
Guided by a macroeconomic model in which non-energy commodity prices are endogenously determined, we apply a new factor-based identification strategy to decompose the historical sources of changes in commodity prices and global economic activity.
Content Type(s): Research, Working Papers Topic(s): Economic models, International topics JEL Code(s): E, E3, F, F4

A Blessing in Disguise: The Implications of High Global Oil Prices for the North American Market

Working Paper 2013-23 Ron Alquist, Justin-Damien Guénette
We examine the implications of increased unconventional crude oil production in North America. This production increase has been made possible by the existence of alternative oil-recovery technologies and persistently elevated oil prices that make these technologies commercially viable.

Fire-Sale FDI or Business as Usual?

Working Paper 2013-17 Ron Alquist, Rahul Mukherjee, Linda Tesar
Using a new data set, we examine the characteristics and dynamics of cross-border mergers and acquisitions during emerging-market financial crises, that is, so-called “fire-sale FDI.” Our findings shed fresh light on whether the transactions undertaken during crisis periods differ in fundamental ways from those undertaken during more tranquil periods.

The Role of Financial Speculation in Driving the Price of Crude Oil

Discussion Paper 2011-6 Ron Alquist, Olivier Gervais
Over the past 10 years, financial firms have increased the size of their positions in the oil futures market. At the same time, oil prices have increased dramatically.
Content Type(s): Discussion Papers, Research Topic(s): International topics JEL Code(s): G, G1, G12, Q, Q4, Q41

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