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Monetary Policy and Crude Oil

Prices, Production and Consumption

Basil Oberholzer

The global crude oil market is critically important in many respects. It is the fuel that drives the global economy and, as such, is the focus of climate policies. Moreover, crude oil is the basis of a tradable financial asset. It is therefore connected to several outstanding macroeconomic developments of recent years, including financial market fluctuations, the financial crisis and the exceptional conduct of monetary policy. This book investigates the impacts of monetary policy and the financial system on the global crude oil market. Furthermore, it outlines how monetary policy may also be used to guarantee stability and to contribute to ecological sustainability.
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Chapter 2: Monetary policy and crude oil: a theoretical analysis

Prices, Production and Consumption

Basil Oberholzer

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The first section of this chapter is dedicated to theories of money and financial markets in general. By confronting them we argue that the economy can be best understood by perceiving money as endogenous. Moreover, financial markets are not a mere reflection of the real economy determined by general equilibrium as claimed by neoclassical economics but may themselves well impact on economic fundamentals. These general features then are applied to the crude oil market. The central characteristic of crude oil is its dual nature: it is a physical good but serves as well as a financial asset in the form of futures contracts. Monetary policy effects through transmission channels are analyzed. It is found that monetary policy influences the oil price mainly through the futures market by means of speculation. The oil price itself affects investment behaviour in the spot market. We suggest that expansive monetary policy finally gives rise to a higher oil intensity of the economy.

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