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S&P Dow Jones Indices - Commodities 101: Drilling Down Commodities

Investors have historically used commodities for its diversification and inflation protection benefits. The concept of commodities as an asset class, however, is not widely understood. Unfortunately, there is no single acceptable definition of an asset class or of commodities as an asset class. However, the way one chooses to define asset class is an essential part of asset allocation.

Company: S&P Dow Jones
Date added: 21-09-2016
Sector: Commodities

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S&P Dow Jones Indices - How Market Participants Found Light With Commodity Indices in a Dark Decade

To many market participants, it may seem like a “lost decade” for passive commodity indexing. After all, the most widely-recognized passive commodity index, the S&P GSCI (TR), lost about 10% annualized over the past 10 years. It is not the most impressive statistic, and what is worse is that the drop was not from a one-time crisis event. It was the result of an ongoing saga of dismal fundamental factors like slowing Chinese demand growth and an oversupply of oil from OPEC and U.S. producers, in conjunction with a range of unfavorable macro factors like a strong U.S. dollar, low interest rates, low inflation, and low growth. However, as with all crises, opportunities arise.

Company: S&P Dow Jones
Date added: 21-09-2016
Sector: Commodities

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Schroders - Commodities: the bear market is over

We believe the majority of commodities have bottomed, heralding the start of a new bull market. 

Company: Schroders
Date added: 27-05-2016
Sector: Commodities

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New Capital - Oil Price Concern

With oil prices falling below $30 a barrel, Michael Leithead addresses concerns in the market and provides insight into how the New Capital Wealthy Nations Bond Fund is positioned to benefit from these conditions.

Company: New Capital
Date added: 27-01-2016
Sector: Commodities

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Hermes - Extracting returns amid lower-for-longer energy prices

The slump in oil prices shows no sign of abating, as OPEC continues to maintain production levels Energy companies have been forced to adapt – some radically – particularly those in regions where the marginal cost of production is much higher.

Company: Hermes
Date added: 01-11-2015
Sector: Commodities

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DekaBank - Sharp slide continues in commodity markets

The downward trend in commodity prices has accelerated and has affected practically all commodities in the past four weeks. Some commodity prices even recorded double-digit rates of decline. The price decreases were accompanied, and magnified, by a marked loss of financial investor confidence in future price increases. In addition to the strength of the US dollar, concerns about China’s economic condition have increased due to the breaking of its equity bubble and currency devaluation. China is one of the most important consumers of many commodities in the world, and in some cases the most important. We do not, however, expect a sharp drop in Chinese growth, as the government and central bank are intervening to provide support and will continue to do so.

Company: DekaBank
Date added: 14-08-2015
Sector: Commodities

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DekaBank - Half-year summary of commodity markets

The major commodity indices are currently very close to their levels at the beginning of the year. Energy commodities are in the lead with a slight gain. This is due to oil prices, as the US natural gas price is significantly below its value at the beginning of the year. The other three major commodity groups of precious metals, base metals and agricultural commodities will likely end the first half of the year with a loss. The strong US dollar is a major factor depressing commodity prices. In addition, the supply situation is satisfactory for most commodities, leaving little room for sustainable price increases.

Company: DekaBank
Date added: 15-06-2015
Sector: Commodities

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