Sep 4

Multi-commodity White Paper - 2023 09 13

Recession Risk

What to expect in commodity markets

Our team of market intelligence commodities experts prepared a deep analysis of the impact of a recession scenario in the sugar, corn, soybeans, wheat, coffee, and energy markets. It is highlighted what we can expect looking forward and the dynamic of each commodity in a recession context.

Macro: Recession fears tend to drive the market into a confusing momentum, switching from risk-on mode to risk-off and back within weeks. The gap between long-term and short-term US’ government rates has been on the radar of many institutions as it has proven to be a precise measurement to anticipate recessions, and it is currently pointing out a downturn. The deterioration of future economic conditions might add pressure to the commodity market.

Sugar: Sugar fundamentals play a big role in price volatility during recession years, therefore, understanding where the market stands is extremely important to estimate any possible impact. Global 23/24 sugar balance is expected to be a deficit, the fifth in a row. The main reason behind it is the Northern Hemisphere crop deterioration. While we expect a possible weather improvement as the main bearish risk, the consensus points out availability tightening, adding a limit to possible losses from an economic downturn during 2023.

Coffee: Historically, coffee prices fell, on average, 13% during recession periods. With the risk of another recession coming up, it’s important to look at how the Global S&D interacted with the risk-off sentiment. Currently, the global coffee balance is in a deficit, and as a counterpoint, there is an optimistic perspective for the 24/25 crop in Brazil for both arabica and robusta, which weighs on the future curve. Still, development will fall under the El Niño window, placing weather as a key factor until the end of 2023.

Soybeans and Corn: The influence of recessions on soybeans and corn depends on supply and demand dynamics and the underlying factors driving the economic downturn. During recessions, consumption tends to be lower than predicted by supply-based models, indicating some impact on demand. However, the effects vary. For example, US corn demand was already in tight market conditions as the recession came in 74/75, while the food security concerns during the Covid pandemic in 2020 led to bigger-than-expected demand growth. This year, US soybean market might find itself in a more supply-driven environment, while the country’s corn could have a more comfortable balance, leaving it more exposed to a potential recession.

Wheat: Wheat is expected to be less affected by recessions given its status of staple food. Past recessions in the US have shown wheat's stability, although their impacts are not completely null. Demand and price fluctuations correlate closely with supply shifts, with recessions “intensifying” the moves dictated by the supply side. Price elasticity of demand becomes more prominent during economic downturns, influencing consumer behaviour. This year, a mild recession is expected, suggesting minimal effects on wheat's demand and prices.

Energy: Within the commodities complex, the energy sector is deeply correlated with global economic growth. Energy consumption represents the industrial and commercial strength of nations. When oil prices rise rapidly, periods of high inflation are generally observed. Soon, central banks, to combat high prices, raise their interest rates, directly affecting the demand for fossil fuels. The famous inverted US yield curve has been an anticipatory indicator of past crises, and again it seems to be the case this year. Could happen on the horizon a crisis capable of shaking the oil production and exploration market?
Take your seat and join us in this material to be prepared for what is coming in the commodities market.

Thais Italiani – Market Intelligence Manager

It all begins with the Macroeconomics context

What to expect in commodity markets

Macro has been responsible for quite some shifts in the commodity market since the beginning of 2023. With the crash of some North American banks, tensions regarding Europe’s institutions, and Central Banks tightening their monetary policies, the market has faced mixed feelings, switching from a risk-on mode to risk-off and back within weeks. Rising interest rates amid lingering inflation led market participants to wonder if we are on the verge of another recession. In this white paper, we aim to shed some light on how the commodity market behaved in past recessions and, thus, sketch what could happen if we enter another one. Clearly, the market’s wariness is not unfounded: the spread between 10-year and 2-year US Treasuries usually signals a recession coming up when it enters the negative range, and here we are again. The periods highlighted in gray on the chart are periods of recession, which followed these reversals.

US Treasury Spread 10 and 2-year

Source: Source: Refinitiv, hEDGEpoint Global Markets

US Treasury Spread 10 and 2-year

Source: Refinitiv, hEDGEpoint Global Markets

Of course, the impact of a recession is not the same throughout the commodity board, therefore, we shall analyze it separately. You will find in this white paper that price response can vary depending on the combination of supply and demand fundamentals and macro, meaning that recession effects can be capped if there is supply shortness. Therefore, going forward, we should ask ourselves, are key commodities balances currently comfortable enough?

To start this discussion, let us first understand where the macro front is at. Should we expect a recession?

Lívea Coda – Market Intelligence Coordinator

Macro

The gap between long-term and short-term government rates has been on the radar of many institutions and analysts for forward-looking decision-making. Credit markets are important for the global finance world, as they reflect the state of the economy and provide useful insights regarding future economic conditions.

The US yield curve is one of the most important in financial markets, given the dollar’s and US bonds’ central position in the global financial system. In general, these assets are seen as “risk-free”, given the very low likelihood of a US default. These borrowing rates are influenced by the agents' perspectives regarding economic growth, inflation, central bank decisions, and other variables that affect the economy’s performance. As seen in the graph below, over the last 40 years, US' yield curve inversion – short-term yields overcoming long-term yields – have anticipated recessionary periods in the United States.

US 10Y-2Y Yield Spread (%)

 Source: Refinitiv

The rationale behind this behaviour is quite simple. Usually, longer-term rates are higher than short-term ones, reflecting the cost of money over time and the higher risk of long-term investments. However, the Fed usually cuts rates to support the economy in periods of low growth and controlled inflation, so lower long-term yields reflect market players’ expectations of slower growth in the future. When there is a long period of high short-term interest rates, the yield curve squeezes bank profit margins and discourages new lending, causing a shortage of loanable funds for people and companies. These securities are traded for different periods of time depending on the maturity of the bond. When economic activity is very low, the government uses monetary instruments, such as lowering interest rates, to encourage spending, boosting the country's economy. This was the case in March 2020, when the COVID-19 crisis broke out. Interest rates fell rapidly, especially in the short-term (2-Year bonds).

US Years Bond Yield (%)

 Source: Refinitiv

However, the impetus given to the economy was so strong that it led the United States to face one of its worst inflationary scenarios in the past 30 years. Once prices rose, worsened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, causing pressure on energy costs, US’ central bank began to increase interest rates intensely and quickly. Fed has raised rates from near zero in March 2022 to a range between 5% to 5.25% in June 2023, promising at least one more hike before the end of the year.

CPI US vs Fed Funds Rate (%)

 Source: Refinitiv

For the past 12 months, the yield curve has inverted and is giving signals of widening the distance between 2-year bonds and 10-year bonds, which is prompting recession fears throughout the financial market. In the past, the US Treasury yield inversion has been an accurate indicator of economic downturns. When it has gone below zero, a recession followed over the next two years.

Inflation has started to ease this year. Energy costs have reduced, food prices, which account for a good portion of household budgets, are also at a much more comfortable level compared to 2022. At its last meeting on June 14, the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) decided not to raise interest rates. It was the first time after ten increases in a row that the monetary authorities paused the raising of borrowing costs. Despite investors welcoming the decision, the revised dot plot chart sent a distinctly hawkish message, where the median policymaker and most of the board forecast a minimum of two 25 basis-points interest rate hikes before the end of the year.

Dot Plot Fed Funds Rate Expectation

 Source: Federal Reserve

If this scenario materializes, the gap between long-term and short-term government rates should become even more pronounced, increasing the already significant chances of a downturn in the near future. Technically a recession is characterized by two consecutive quarters of negative real GDP. Consequently, commodities that have their demand influenced by economic growth, will be affected by an eventual recession. Therefore, the current macro framework points out to a bearish scenario for the commodities sector.

Although the United States is not yet in a technical recession, the economy continues to show signs of deceleration. Other data shows that the demand for capital goods is shrinking. That pessimistic trend is not restricted to the US, with other countries also showing signs of deceleration. For instance, China, an important driver of global trade, has disappointed analysts with its economic data and insufficient stimulus programs. As a result, many have already revised the country's growth expectation down from previously anticipated.

Considering the complete macroeconomic conjuncture, with not only the US and China, but other countries struggling to fight inflation, the possibility of a recession seems even more likely. The New York Fed, one of the banks of the Federal Reserve, projected US recession probability 12 months ahead at 70.85%. However, there are also fundamentals showing that it can be a mild one. In the US, for instance, despite the recent initial jobless claims move and the Fed’s monetary tightening, the unemployment rate remains at pre-pandemic levels, and financial conditions have been easing since September.

Therefore, although a recession might seem inevitable, it might not be as problematic as past ones. Of course, the possibility of a downturn in global economy drives the commodity market to an alert mode. However, being mild, prices will tend to follow their own market fundamentals.

Alef Dias and Victor Arduin – Macroeconomics Analysts

Sugar

Before analysing sugar behaviour during each recession, it is important to highlight that its consumption growth is rather stable, therefore, changes to supply tend to add more volatility to its prices when talking fundamentals.

The first recession to be discussed happened over 40 years ago, during crops 81/82 and 82/83. Both seasons were marked by output excess (6.9Mt and 5.6Mt respectively), meaning that there was no fundamental that could prevent the risk-off sentiment from getting the best out of sugar, and its prices dropped 71%, from approximately 37 Usc/lb to 10.5USc/lb. Besides that, the crises had their kickstart with the 1979 energy crisis and were boosted by the “stop-go” policy used during that period. By believing that they could reduce unemployment through higher inflation, FED drove the economy to an unstable situation and, when the monetary tightness was adopted, the recession thrived. Soon, the crisis spread, and emerging countries such as Mexico suffered the most. Among them, are many sugar producers.

Going to the second occurrence, in the nineties, not only the sugar surplus wasn't as guaranteed (2.6Mt), but the recession wasn’t as long and as deep as the past one. Therefore, sugar prices were affected, but less than previously – dropping only 8%.  Associated with geopolitical uncertainty – Gulf War – the world saw a sharp increase in oil prices. Financial market weakness inherited from the 80’s didn’t help, and several western countries faced difficulties, especially in North America and Europe.


Raw Sugar vs. US Treasury Yields Spread 

 Source: ICE, Refinitiv

At the beginning of the 2000’s, the world faced another crisis known as the “dotcom bubble”. After a decade long bull market with low inflation and unemployment rate, market started to correct. The recession impacted mostly industrialized countries and wasn’t as relevant as the past two. However, during its peak (2002), the sugar market was in a bear momentum: around 4.2Mt surplus. Prices were already low dropped from 6.8 USc/lb to 5 USc/lb, a 25% correction. Following that, market entered a bullish trend reaching 10.85 USc/lb by the 05/06 crop end, having reached 19 USc/lb in early 2006 led by three consecutive deficits.


Global Sugar Balance (MT RV)

Source: USDA, Green Pool, hEDGEpoint *Projection

The great recession came a year later when, yet in 2007, US economy started to show economic activity decline – especially its housing market. The period between 2007 and 2009 is considered the most significant recession since the Great Depression in the 30’s. During this period, weather wasn’t much help as it slowed down the Brazilian harvest and disrupted Central America and US’s cane total output. Also, during that crop year, India shifted from being an exporter to an importer, pressuring origins stocks. Therefore, although macro wasn’t supportive, prices rose 90% during the recession, from 13.7 USc/lb to 26.2 USc/lb having touched the 30 USc/lb mark.

Last but not least, in 2021 global economy faced the Covid-19 recession. Although short-lived, it was a year of an economic slowdown: timid growth and low consumer activity driven by lockdowns. During that period, Brazil faced its most recent sugar crop break. Not only was sugar cane already penalized by the lack of rains, but it was also hit by frosts and fires, resultant of La Niña’s occurrence. This led to a drop in both sucrose content and agricultural yield. The latter was the most affected since mills had to change logistics and anticipate crushing – not giving cane, which was already suffering from 20/21’s dryness, further time to develop. Center-South’s 21/22 crop year saw cane volume dropping from 605Mt to 523Mt – nearly a 14% break. Thus, sugar found support in fundamentals, and although macro drove a bearish trend, the sweetener’s prices rose around 8%, ending 2021 at nearly 19 USc/lb.

It becomes clear that fundamentals are a big part of the price equation. Even at the worst recent recession, the sweetener found support in market tightness – of course that amid high volatility. Therefore, one could expect that, if a new economic slowdown proves to be true, current bullish market can still find support in sugar’s output gap.

Going forward, if a new economic slowdown is on the verge of happening, one should keep the sweetener's fundamentals up to date: 23/24 is expected to be a deficit, the fifth in a row. The main reason behind it is the Northern Hemisphere crop deterioration. Weather, area competition, political decisions, and tighter stocks could prevent a recovery in key sugar producers, such as Thailand, India, and Europe. While we expect a possible weather improvement as the main bearish risk, the consensus points out availability tightening, adding a limit to possible losses. However, it is extremely important to prepare for greater volatility and, in this context, risk management becomes essential.

Lívea Coda – Market Intelligence Coordinator and Sugar Expert

Coffee

Spreads are inverted in the front-month contracts (July, September, and December 2023), as the 22/23 cycle is still tight in terms of global balance (-4.8M bags). However, the 24/25 Brazilian crop currently has the potential to be a bumper crop, for both arabica and robusta/conilon. The former relies on lower productive stress, and the latter, area expansion with lower densities, allowing for higher yields.

Coffee prices started to consolidate as the Brazilian 23/24 harvest became available. Not only that but the development of the 23/24 crop in Centrals and Colombia improved, leading arabica to possible short-selling spec moves, especially given the current macroeconomic scenario: not-so-supportive for riskier assets.

The spread between 10-year and 2-year US Treasuries signals a recession coming up when it enters the negative range. The periods highlighted in grey are periods of recession, which followed these reversals. In the last five recessions, from 1980 to 2020, coffee fell, in these periods, respectively: 32%, 8%, 33%, 6%, and 12%, with an average drop of 13% during the recession periods.

NY Arabica vs. US Treasury Yields Spread 

Source: ICE, Refinitiv

To understand how the current 22/23 and 23/24 global deficits may counterbalance the current bearish perspective on the macroeconomic side, let’s take a look at how prices behaved in the last three recession windows. In the recession that took place in the early 2000’s, the global coffee balance went from three consecutive years of production growth to a deficit in 03/04, led by a crop failure in Brazil driven by drought. With this, prices entered a 4-year downtrend, recovering only upon the expectation of a crop failure in the main producing country.

In the late 2010’s, the global coffee balance went from a 07/08 -4.2M bags deficit to +11.3M in 08/09, which, alongside the risk-off mode from the recession, knocked down prices. More recently, in 2020, prices fell briefly by 12%, later rising to a 10-year high, at 258 c/lb, failing to break the 260 c/lb ceiling.

Currently, despite the fact that global supply is failing to go back to 2020’s and 2018’s levels – we expect production to recover to 169.21M bags in 23/24, below the 180.33M bags and 176.93M bags reported in 20/21 and 18/19, respectively, the previous two on-years for arabica in Brazil – the sheer potential of the next on-year Brazilian crop in has shifted the spread structure into 2024.

Consequently, the likelihood of a global recession weighs similarly as it did in the late 2010’s, when the balance moved from a deficit to a surplus. It’s important to note that an El Niño phenomenon is expected to become active this year, and, historically, it led to a 5% decrease in arabica output and 10% in robusta output in Brazil. Therefore, there is a bullish risk within the period that the phenomenon becomes active, depending, of course, on its extension and intensity – as a mild occurrence would imprint less effect on a crop that carries lower productive stress from the past two crop failures.

Weather, therefore, plays an important role in coffee fundamentals going forward, being key to understanding the extension that an economic recession could have on its prices. If the weather collaborates, then we can expect the economic slowdown to have its impact, although it might not be as hurtful as it once was. We should prepare for higher volatility going forward, making it essential to choose the best financial structures to manage risks.

Natália Gandolphi – Coffee Analyst

Soybeans and Corn

As for many other commodities, the analysis of how recessions affect grains involves looking at how were the supply and demand balances at the time and if anything changed with its arrival. As grains, in general, are associated with staple food, we intuitively see them as more shielded from economic downturns than other products, especially non-agricultural ones. Still, over the last decades, with the expansion of their usage in biofuel production, some lines of the balance became more subject to economic growth – or its absence.

In terms of balance, taking US corn as an example, supply shifts account for most of the fluctuation in demand, as shown in the figure below. The supply-based model is a regression model that aims to estimate how much should demand grow given the supply constraints. It indicates that consumption tends to adjust to the amount of product available within a given cycle with prices working as the feedback signal to the market. When production falls, prices surge, and demand slows down.

US Corn Domestic Demand Actual Change vs Supply-Based Model (% YoY)

Source: USDA

In recession years, consumption year-on-year change was, on average, 3.6 p.p. smaller than what the supply-based model alone would indicate. This suggests that recessions indeed have an impact, while not major. For soybeans, the impact of recessions was on average close to neutral, although with a lot of variability from one year to the other.

For this reason, it is important to mention two caveats. One is that not only the presence and intensity of the recession are relevant, but also its reason and fundamentals in the period. Sticking with corn, in 74/75, when actual demand diverged the most from what supplies suggest, the US market was already coming from a tight cycle and the crop failure in the country also coincided with smaller production worldwide.

Without many other exporters to compete, this scenario kept international demand (and prices) for US corn high. In turn, this harmed domestic demand, especially for feed. Some will even remember the (in)famous large Soviet Union purchases of US corn around this period. Taking out this single year - which was intensified by these fundamentals elsewhere -, the effect of recession on US corn demand already diminishes from -3.6 to -2.2 p.p. Conversely, the Covid pandemic in 2020 raised food security concerns which in turn led to demand overshooting the “supply-driven” growth.

The second caveat is that recessions’ impact on prices can be more nuanced. Though times can scare speculative money away from risky assets like commodities. This can be very relevant over short periods, but over the long run, fundamentals tend to prevail. Using 74/75 once again, as the economy went into recession in the 2H of 74, corn prices were up 22% on the year, reflecting the poor output in the US. However, as the recession faded in the 1H of 75, the market was already starting to price a new crop in the US, which turned out to be a good one. Thus, although prices fell during the period, it is hard to argue that the poor economic condition was the only factor.

CBOT Corn and Soybean Futures versus US Treasury Spread and Recessions (USDc/bu, %)

Source: CBOT, Refinitiv

Similarly, 2008 provides a good case study. Both corn and soybean prices dived as the US entered a recession. However, the US was coming from a tight cycle for beans, but a more comfortable one for corn. Additionally, Brazil, which was already a big soybean exporter by this time, had a crop failure that drove the world balance down and kept demand for US beans high. Meanwhile, the rest of the world had a record high corn production, which limited export demand for the US. Given this combination, as the brunt of the shock passed, soybean prices recovered by a lot more than corn’s.

In summary, recessions do tend to hurt demand. However, it is not an absolute factor, and especially when it comes to prices, its impact very much depends on its interaction with fundamentals.

Globally, world supplies are not expected to be too tight in 23/24, which limits its necessity to resort to the US, if prices surge. The country’s crop is being decided as we write. The dryness in May and June has put fields in a vulnerable position, but the weather has been improving in July. Even with low corn yields, production is also expected higher, as acreage is up versus last year. On soybeans, however, planted area is much smaller year-on-year and crop conditions are also on the lower side.

All else equal, this combination signals that soybean prices will find support on tighter supplies, while the US corn balance should be more comfortable. With no supply constraints, a recession could have an impact on corn prices and demand. However, as of currently, US soybeans seem to be headed towards a more “supply-driven” market next year.


Pedro Schicchi – Grains and Oilseeds Analyst

Wheat

Talking about wheat, we should expect a smaller impact of recessions on its demand when compared to soybeans and corn, as biofuels are not a significant “demand-line” in wheat balances. And when we look at US’ wheat demand behaviour during past recessions, starting in the 70’s, we can confirm its stability, even though we cannot say that recession impacts are completely null.

US Wheat Domestic Demand Actual Year-on-Year Change vs Supply-Based Model (%)

Source: USDA

As seen in the chart, demand fluctuations are highly correlated to shifts in supply, and recessions seem to amplify the moves in both directions. For instance, in the 72/73 season, demand should have fallen by only 4%, if considering only the supply reduction and its impact on prices. However, the impact was intensified by the recession, which eroded purchasing power. In the end, demand was reduced by 14% during the season. On the other hand, by 1979 and 1982, demand increased by more than the supply-based model suggested.

Looking from a “consumer economics” perspective, these moves make sense. When income is reduced, demand becomes more price elastic, so changes in prices tend to have a bigger effect on demand in recessionary periods. Given the larger supplies during the 1980 and 1981/82 recessions, wheat prices fell in both periods – so probably consumers switched demand from other food and feed products to wheat as they became more sensitive to prices.

Nonetheless, this hasn’t been the case since the ‘90s, as demand and prices moved pretty in line with supply swings, except for the last two recessions (08/09 and 2020). What can explain that?

Well, some fundamentals can explain this change. The main one is the straightforward application of a long-run price elasticity theory. As the nation grows wealthier, the demand for basic goods and foods becomes less “vulnerable” to price changes. Between 1982 and 1990 US’ per capita GDP grew by 65% while wheat prices had a negative performance of around 40% in the period.

For the 08/09 period, we got to make some considerations. Firstly, the Great Financial Crisis was preceded by the super commodity cycle generated by China's high-paced growth – which spurred the country’s demand for commodities. Most commodities were trading at all-time-highs, and wheat was no different. Secondly, it was the most severe recession since the Great Depression. Given these factors, it is understandable why the rising supplies were accompanied by severe cuts in demand on 08/09 and 09/10.

CBOT Wheat Futures versus US Treasury Spread and Recessions (USDc/bu, %)

Source: CBOT, Refinitiv

For the “Covid recession”, there are also some considerations to be made to explain why demand rose 1% while supplies decreased by 3% and prices rose around 9%. It was one of the shortest recessions on record (only 2 months), as governments and central banks around the world throw huge amounts of fiscal and monetary stimulus to support economic activity.

So, given wheat's demand history during recessions, what can we expect for this year in terms of demand and prices? Well, everything points to small to null effects, as it will most likely be a mild recession, reducing the likelihood of a greater impact on demand. Also, we should consider that wheat prices have already fallen more than 40% since the Ukraine War peak. This movement seems well priced looking at the historical correlation with US’s stock/use ratio, making any further corrections as we have seen in '08 and '09 very unlikely.

Alef Dias – Wheat Analyst

Energy

The energy sector is the most correlated with world macroeconomics within the commodity complex. When countries face adversity in their economies, fossil fuels suffer a reduction in demand. Periods with substantial increases in oil prices are associated with high inflation.

In 1979, for example, the Iranian revolution caused a sudden cut in the world's oil supply. The US, which was heavily dependent on crude oil imports, saw a devaluation of its currency and a strong increase in inflation. The world fell into a recessive scenario with rising interest rates, which affected commodity prices. Therefore, it is extremely important to understand what the current macroeconomics and fundamentals are.

At that time, the inversion of the yield curve foreshadowed the difficulties that would come with the economic downturn of 1981–82, which was triggered by tight monetary policy. Similar phenomena were seen in the 1990–91 crisis, when Iraq invaded Kuwait, and the 2007–09 subprime crisis, when oil climbed to record levels in mid-2008 and then collapsed. Would these indicators be pointing in the same direction today? To understand it better, let's first recap what happened in the most recent global recession.

Volatility has well described the energy sector in recent years. Logistics and transport were severely affected during the COVID-19 crisis, leading to insufficient demand for a market whose structure is highly dependent on revenues for investments and supply expansion. An example of the chaotic scenario was the price of WTI falling almost 300%, trading at around negative US$ 37.00 per barrel on April 20. Oil demand took a hit, and, as a result, the energy complex faced a crisis. Key producers and exported saw the need to cut their production to try to balance out supply and demand.

On the other hand, policy makers decided to inject unprecedented liquidity into their economies through lower interest rates and fiscal stimulus. This helped to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the global economy and, consequently, supported energy prices. However, as the world recovered from the pandemic crisis, demand for goods and services increased, causing inflationary pressure. When prices, in general, are higher, oil prices tend to move up. This is exactly what happened in the second half of 2020, when in 2021 the prices of Brent and WTI surpassed their pre-pandemic levels.

Crude Oil Benchmark Prices vs US 2Y Yield Treasury (%)

Source: Refinitiv

The reopening of the world economy and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia led oil prices to their highest level in recent years. As oil has a well-known spill-over effect, its surge added fire to the flame, strengthening the inflationary trend. As a result, the US central bank carried out one of the fastest and most intense interest rate hikes in its history, moving from a level close to zero to 5%–5.25% in 12 months, as already highlighted in the begging of this white paper. Yields on 2-year bonds rose sharply over the period, while energy commodity prices fell. With high borrowing costs, consumption, and investment are reduced. Expectations of a more adverse scenario for the world in 2023 are corroborated by the inverted yield curve, in which earnings from short-term bonds are more favourable when compared with long-term bonds. This is a warning sign for investors, especially those focused on energy, since economic growth and energy consumption are strongly correlated.

The signs of a recession, even if a small one, are reasons for the market to worry, driving prices throughout 2023. As the yield inversion curve deepens, the chances of a downturn on the horizon increase. At this point, announcements, and speeches by the monetary authorities regarding possible interest rate increases have influenced the energy market more than bullish fundamentals. The market seems to be ignoring the recent cuts to key-exporters production, and current lower stock levels. Also, China, the biggest importer of crude oil in the world, has been disappointing in the release of its economic data, showing a slowdown in its industrial and real estate activity. Therefore, this year should be marked by intense volatility as fundamentals might point to one way and the macro front another. In this situation, monitoring monetary authorities and key market players' activity is essential, as is choosing the correct risk management strategy.


Victor Arduin – Energy Analyst

White Paper — Multi Commodities

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Written by Lívea Coda
Written by Natália Gandolphi
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