Understanding international commodity price fluctuations

Rabah Arezki*, Prakash Loungani, Rick van der Ploeg, Anthony J. Venables

*Corresponding author for this work

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An overview is provided of recent work on commodity prices, focusing on three themes: (i) "financialization" of commodity markets--commodities being considered by financial investors as a distinct asset class, (ii) trends and forecasts of commodity prices, and (iii) fracking-a shorthand for the emergence of new sources of energy supply. Lessons are drawn on the role of fundamentals and expectations in driving the rapidly changing nature of commodity markets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of International Money and Finance
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


  • Commodity price
  • Expectations
  • Financialization
  • Forecasting
  • Fracking
  • Fundamentals


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