Sun, Mar 25, 2018
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Alternative Market Briefing

Investors explore commodities at ABN AMRO’s forum

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bob Greer
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

ABN AMRO Clearing, a global securities services provider, hosted the Amsterdam Investor Forum on 14 September, which focused on opportunities and challenges in investing in the commodity and alternative areas. It attracted up to 200 attendees, many of them high-level investors from the Netherlands and other parts of Northern Europe.

PIMCO: The state of commodity index tracking Commodities have been used as a speculation tool quite some time, as futures markets, which were commodity-based, date back to the 1800s. However, since the 70s, they have been a tool for index tracking, index beating, inflation protection and diversification. Financial derivatives now account for 75% of commodity trading.

Bob Greer, executive VP of PIMCO, the global fixed income funds house, recalled his audience at the Forum that he himself had created the first investible commodity index in ’78; this index was conservative, used as inflation hedge and sought pure beta. Other indices were launched a bit later, from ’91 onwards, by GSCI, Merrill and JP Morgan. This crowd was seen as early adopters, and did not attract a lot of interest as back then stock markets were on the rise. PIMCO launched new index investment products in 2002; their initial collateral were T-bills, and then inflation-linked bonds.


To view our full article Click here

Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. John Paulson, once the industry's largest hedge fund, to return some investors' money[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: John Paulson is reported to be retuning some of his investors' money as a number of his hedge funds continue to suffer setbacks, reports

  2. Institutional Investors - Overdrawn pension fund scores gains[more]

    From Investments in big banks, pawn shops and rolling papers helped boost public safety workers' underfunded pensions this past calendar years, according to newly released figures. After recording middling returns in recent years, the Police & Fire Pension Fund (P&F) notched

  3. Activist Investors - The seven most undervalued stocks in Larry Robbins' portfolio, Stamford hedge fund still seeking shakeup of Taubman board[more]

    The seven most undervalued stocks in Larry Robbins' portfolio From ...On February 14th, Larry Robbins' firm Glenview Capital Management filed its quarterly Form 13F regulatory filing. The firm's stock portfolio totals $18.5 billion with 58 positions according to the latest

  4. Hot hedge fund loses 21% after bet on volatility goes wrong[more]

    From In December, Shahraab Ahmad shared with his hedge fund clients the principle that helped him trounce peers for two turbulent decades: steer clear of the crowd. He'd turned $50 million into an operation with more than $700 million over three years and delivered market-beating retu

  5. Opalesque Exclusive: Northern Trust builds on blockchain-backed private equity solution[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private equity clients at Northern Trust can now carry out audits of private equity lifecycle events directly from the blockchain. Northern Trust, working with PwC and other audit firms in Guernsey, has added this feature to its existing solution set for private