Wine price risk management: International diversification and derivative instruments

Apostolos Kourtis, Raphael Markellos, Dimitrios Psychoyios

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Variations in wine prices can be prominent and have widespread economic and financial implications. Although fine wine investments are dominated by French wines, we demonstrate that significant international diversification benefits exist for investors in Italian, Australian and Portuguese fine wines. We also show that diversification across varieties of French wine is not that effective. We propose the development of futures and options contracts on standardized wine price indices in order to enhance market completeness and to address the risk management needs of all market participants. Several popular continuous time processes are used to approximate empirically the dynamics of four fine wine price indices. On the basis of our results, we describe appropriate equilibrium models for pricing wine futures and option contracts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-37
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Review of Financial Analysis
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

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