Forecasts frustrated by too many unknowns

Forecasts frustrated by too many unknowns

Caution should prevail while economists struggle with forecasts in a climate of too many unknowns, according to François Duhen, chief economist and strategist at Swiss banking group Crédit Mutuel-CIC.

Published : 15, Feb 2017
New commodity tracker fund sees record inflows

New commodity tracker fund sees record inflows...

A new Ucits exchange-traded fund (ETF), which tracks the Bloomberg Commodity Index (BCOM), has become the fastest growing European tracker fund in the last five years, according to its promoter Source UK Services.

Published : 7, Feb 2017
Columna Commodities Fund suspends redemptions

Columna Commodities Fund suspends redemptions

The Columna Commodities Fund, which "officially" invested in a range of commodity-linked assets, has suspended redemptions due to a failure to liquidate two of its investments.

Published : 18, Jan 2017
Natural resources investments begin to blossom

Natural resources investments begin to blossom...

After five consecutive years of material negative returns, commodity-related investments have enjoyed a strong rally so far this year, outperforming the broader equity and fixed income markets.

Published : 16, Dec 2016
Dollar rallies, gold falls on back of Fed’s ‘happy’ hike

Dollar rallies, gold falls on back of Fed’s ‘happy’...

The dollar surged this morning on the back of only the second Fed rate rise since the 2008 financial crisis.

Published : 15, Dec 2016
Pimco fined $20m for misleading investors on active ETF

Pimco fined $20m for misleading investors on active...

Investment manager Pimco has been fined nearly $20m (£15.9m, €18.9m) by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for misleading investors about the performance of its actively managed Total Return ETF.

Published : 2, Dec 2016
Oil spikes after OPEC strikes first deal in 8 years

Oil spikes after OPEC strikes first deal in 8...

The price of Brent crude oil surged above $50 (£40, €47) per barrel as rumours became reality that OPEC members had finally reached an agreement.

Published : 30, Nov 2016
Gold miners surge as Trump risk lifts commodity optimism

Gold miners surge as Trump risk lifts commodity...

Gold jumped as much as $75 (£60, €68) an ounce on Wednesday, while gold miners surged as investors watched Donald Trump edge ever closer to the White House.

Published : 9, Nov 2016
US investors turn to gold as US election looms

US investors turn to gold as US election looms...

New US investors in gold increased by 81% over the month of October as the price of bullion fell to its lowest level since April at $1266 per ounce.

Published : 1, Nov 2016
ANALYSIS: Is commodities a key call for 2017

ANALYSIS: Is commodities a key call for 2017

2016 has been a good year for commodities. Year-to-date, the FTSE World Mining index is up just less than 56% in dollar terms, while the FTSE oil and gas index is up just less than 20%.

Published : 13, Oct 2016
Investors pile into commodities

Investors pile into commodities

European investors have been seeking exposure to commodities at an unprecedented scale in the first eight months of the year. Active commodity funds, however, are losing out.

Published : 30, Sep 2016
Gold alternatives in the post-Brexit world

Gold alternatives in the post-Brexit world

With gold having been one of 2016’s most popular defensive strategies against persisting low returns and the struggle for income, Legal & General Investment Management’s multi-index fund range manager Justin Onuekwusi outlines four alternatives to gold for the post-Brexit world.

Published : 26, Sep 2016
ANALYSIS: A double-take on gold funds

ANALYSIS: A double-take on gold funds

George Cheveley, manager of the Investec Global Gold Fund, details his structured, two-pronged approach, while Ani Markova, head of the Smith & Williamson Global Gold Fund, describes her fund's long-term strategy. Chelsea Financial Services' managing director Darius McDermott offers a neutral viewpoint.

Published : 30, Aug 2016
ANALYSIS: Is the golden opportunity still alive?

ANALYSIS: Is the golden opportunity still alive?...

The first half of 2016 was the first time investment has been the largest component of gold demand for two consecutive quarters. Should this leave gold bugs feeling vindicated or afraid?

Published : 12, Aug 2016
Bonds are the new commodities in a ‘dangerous neighbourhood’– JP Morgan

Bonds are the new commodities in a ‘dangerous...

A negative yielding bond is trading like a commodity, according to Oksana Aronov, managing director of JP Morgan’s Income Opportunity Fund.

Published : 10, Aug 2016
Commodity-focused trusts top Q2 performers - QuotedData

Commodity-focused trusts top Q2 performers - QuotedData...

The best performing UK trusts in the second quarter of 2016 were focused on commodities and natural resources, Vietnam and Latin America, according to investor research group QuotedData.

Published : 1, Aug 2016
Commodities reigniting, but buyer beware

Commodities reigniting, but buyer beware

Global resources fund manager Benoit Gervais is adamant the commodities sector is about to be reignited but advises caution while recovery is nascent.

Published : 18, Jul 2016
SSGA: Gold ETFs to remain strong in H2

SSGA: Gold ETFs to remain strong in H2

Net fund flows into global gold ETFs in the first half this year have already surpassed the same period of 2009 during the financial crisis, as Brexit has created more uncertainties in the global economic outlook.

Published : 11, Jul 2016
Watch for sterling swings and recovery in commodities - RLAM

Watch for sterling swings and recovery in commodities...

With the Fed keeping rates on hold and sterling under pressure, it is a good time to look for dips in commodities and increase exposure to emerging market equities, says Trevor Greetham, head of multi-asset at Royal London Asset Management.

Published : 7, Jul 2016
The best and worst funds of the first half

The best and worst funds of the first half

While gold funds were the out and out winners of the first half of the year, the worst performers were much more of a mixed bag.

Published : 1, Jul 2016

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