Hedging with Futures in an Intertemporal Portfolio Context
Coauthor(s): Jerome Detemple.
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The traditional hedging model (THM) posits investors with undiversified portfolios, each consisting of a cash position with a definite maturity and one or more futures. The identity of the cash position is not a question in the THM. For the farmer, it is the value of his crop at harvest time; for the institutional investor, it is the value of a future foreign-currency cash flow. The main problem posed in the futures market literature to date is to determine the optimal hedge, defined as the quantity of futures that either minimizes the variance of the cash-cum-futures position or that maximizes its expected utility.
Source: Journal of Futures Markets
Adler, Michael, and Jerome Detemple. "Hedging with Futures in an Intertemporal Portfolio Context." The Journal of Futures Markets 8, no. 3 (1988): 249-69.