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Hedge Funds cut gold bets in fastest exit this year

Posted on 19 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds extended their fastest exit from gold this year, cutting bullish gold wagers for a third week. The net-long position in New York futures and options fell 14 percent, U.S. government data show. Holdings tumbled 49 percent over three weeks, the most since December. Assets in exchange-traded products backed by the metal dropped to the lowest since 2009, as the World Gold Council said third-quarter global demand was the weakest in almost five years.
While prices had their biggest two-day rally since June at the end of last week, gold is still down 15 percent from this year’s peak in March. Investors’ appetite for bullion has diminished as the dollar strengthened to a five-year high, the Federal Reserve moved closer to raising borrowing costs, U.S. equities reached records and inflation failed to accelerate……………………………………Full Article: Source

Index Funds And ETFs: 5 Ways To Shop Smart

Posted on 18 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

From 2007 through 2013, domestic equity index mutual funds and ETFs received $795 billion in cumulative net new cash and reinvested dividends, as many investors were drawn to passive investment strategies.
A big part of the allure of passive investments is their relatively low cost. Rather than attempting to beat the market through active stock picking, these passive strategies try to match the performance of the market or a part of it, based on an index, for instance the S&P. These investments may not offer the potential of outperformance, but they typically offer lower costs…………………………………Full Article: Source

Hedge funds cut gold bets as demand eases

Posted on 18 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds extended their fastest exit from gold this year, cutting bullish gold wagers for a third week. The net-long position in New York futures and options fell 14 per cent, US government data showed. Holdings tumbled 49 per cent over three weeks, the most since December last year. Assets in exchange-traded products backed by the metal dropped to the lowest since 2009 as the World Gold Council said third-quarter global demand was the weakest in almost five years.
While prices had their biggest two-day rally since June at the end of last week, gold is still down 15 per cent from this year’s peak in March. Investor appetite for bullion has diminished as the US dollar strengthened to a four-year high, the Federal Reserve moved closer to raising borrowing costs, US equities reached records and inflation failed to accelerate…………………………………Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Cut Gold Bets in Fastest Exit This Year: Commodities

Posted on 17 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds extended their fastest exit from gold this year, cutting bullish gold wagers for a third week. The net-long position in New York futures and options fell 14 percent, U.S. government data show. Holdings tumbled 49 percent over three weeks, the most since December. Assets in exchange-traded products backed by the metal dropped to the lowest since 2009, as the World Gold Council said third-quarter global demand was the weakest in almost five years.
While prices had their biggest two-day rally since June at the end of last week, gold is still down 15 percent from this year’s peak in March. Investors’ appetite for bullion has diminished as the dollar strengthened to a four-year high, the Federal Reserve moved closer to raising borrowing costs, U.S. equities reached records and inflation failed to accelerate……………………………………Full Article: Source

Hedge funds extend positive ag bets. But has sentiment on wheat turned?

Posted on 11 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Have hedge funds begun laying bets on falling wheat prices again, after six weeks of taking a less negative stance? Managed money, a proxy for speculators, raised its net long position in futures and options in the top 13 US-traded agricultural commodities by more than 50,000 contracts in the week to last Tuesday, data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed.
The increase took the overall net long above 440,000 lots, the highest since July, and up nearly 200,000 lots in four weeks. The more bullish sentiment has been spurred by a slow US harvest, and slightly less upbeat harvest reports as combines have spread from southern areas to the western Corn Belt, besides by some weather concerns too………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global Commodity Funds - SELL

Posted on 10 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Funds that invest in Indian energy and commodity stocks have been on a roll for the last one year, thanks to pricing reforms and expectations of an economic pick-up benefiting cyclical companies. In sharp contrast, India-based global industrial commodity and energy funds have been underperforming.
Birla Sun Life Global Commodities Fund and DSP BR World Energy Fund fell 7-8 per cent last year, while Mirae Asset Global Commodity Stock Fund slipped about 2 per cent. The annualised returns of these funds since inception in 2008 and 2009 are just 3 to 6 per cent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Gold funds down by 80pc: should you invest?

Posted on 06 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The price of gold bullion has fallen by 35pc in three years but every gold fund has more than halved, with some losing even more. Funds that give private investors exposure to gold have hugely magnified recent falls in the price of the precious metal itself.
While gold bullion has lost 35pc of its value over the past three years, one gold fund, MFM Junior Gold, has fallen by 83pc over the same period. Others have performed almost as poorly, with the popular BlackRock Gold & General fund down by 61pc over the same period and Ruffer Baker Steel Gold 73pc lower………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Some Hedge Funds Profit From Steep Decline in Oil Prices

Posted on 05 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Some nimble energy investors are making money off the steep slide in oil prices, dodging the hit that financial markets and oil producers have suffered.
Hedge-fund managers including the team of George “Beau” Taylor and Trevor Woods, and Pierre Andurand are among those who have reaped profits during the selloff by correctly predicting that rising global crude-oil output would overwhelm the market and send prices lower. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Hedge Fund, Investor Groups Hammer Swaps ‘Stays’

Posted on 05 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds, insurers and other companies said global regulators shouldn’t implement new rules aimed at protecting the financial system against the failure of big banks. At issue are changes endorsed by global banking regulators that would require banks and investors to give up their contractual rights to terminate swaps contracts with a troubled financial institution.
Instead, the firms would have to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution. Eighteen of the largest lenders in the U.S., Europe and Asia agreed to the changes in principle last month and global regulators plan to enshrine the changes in new regulation by the end of 2015………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge funds extend short-covering in ags, led by soy

Posted on 04 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds extended their wave of short-covering in agricultural commodities as sharply improved sentiment towards the soy complex trumped a heap of negative bets on sugar following Brazil’s election result.
But the extent of the short-covering in soy derivatives raised concerns that the trend may struggle to continue. Managed money, a proxy for speculators, raised by more than 40,000 contracts its net long in futures and options in the top 13 US-traded agricultural commodities in the week to last Tuesday, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Cut Bullish Oil Bets on Rising Global Output

Posted on 03 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds cut bullish holdings in crude as record U.S. output added to a global supply glut, spurring the longest losing streak in prices in six years. Money managers reduced net-long positions in West Texas Intermediate by 2.3 percent in the week ended Oct. 28, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Long positions retreated to the lowest level in 17 months.
WTI fell 12 percent in October for a fourth consecutive drop, echoing the collapse in prices during the global financial crisis. Production by OPEC rose to the highest in more than a year last month, a Bloomberg survey showed, and U.S. output is running at the fastest pace since at least 1983. The gains came as the International Energy Agency reduced its estimate for demand growth this year and in 2015………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge funds pick wrong in oil bet

Posted on 28 October 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds rushed back into oil too quickly, boosting bullish bets amid a rebound last week, only to then watch surging US crude supplies push prices back to a two-year low. The net-long positions in West Texas Intermediate futures rose 5.7 per cent in the seven days to October 21, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed. Short bets shrank 20 per cent, the most in three months, while longs dropped 2.8 per cent.
After rising as analysts speculated prices had reached a floor, WTI sank again after stockpiles climbed. It fell to US$80.52 on October 22, the lowest settlement since June 2012, and ended the week down 24 per cent from the year’s high. The US benchmark might dip to US$75 by the end of the year, Bank of America Corp said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Cut Coffee Bull Bets aas Brazil Drought Eases

Posted on 27 October 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds pared back their biggest bullish coffee bet since 2008 as rains brought relief to drought-stricken growing areas in Brazil, the world’s biggest producer and exporter.
Money managers cut their net-long position in arabica coffee for the first time in four weeks. Futures in New York tumbled 9.1 percent last week, the most since May. More regular and widespread showers will trigger new flowering for coffee plants after some blooms were lost amid dry conditions last month, Sao Paulo-based Somar Meteorologia said Oct. 21………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investors Pile Into Oil Funds at Fastest Pace in 2 Years

Posted on 22 October 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors are putting money into funds that track oil prices at the fastest rate in two years, betting that crude will rebound from a bear market. The four biggest oil exchange-traded products listed in the U.S. have received a combined $334 million so far this month, the most since October 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Shares outstanding of the funds, including the United States Oil Fund (DBO) and ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil, rose to 55 million yesterday, a nine-month high………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Cut Bullish Bets on Crude as Prices Tumble

Posted on 20 October 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Plunging oil prices spurred hedge funds to cut bullish wagers by the most in six weeks, losing confidence in the willingness of producers to constrict supply. Money managers cut net-long positions in West Texas Intermediate by 8.1 percent in the week ended Oct. 14. Short positions jumped to the highest level in 22 months, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show.
WTI tumbled 9.2 percent this month as U.S. production expanded to a 29-year high. That added to signs of a global supply glut just as the International Energy Agency cut its forecast for demand growth. Crude is now trading in a bear market, underpinned by speculation that OPEC members are favoring market share over prices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hall Commodities Hedge Fund Shutting After Poor Performance

Posted on 16 October 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hall Commodities LLP, a London-based $100 million hedge-fund firm run by Tony Hall and Arno Pilz, told clients it’s shutting down after less than two years in business, citing poor performance.
The firm will return money to investors at the end of the month after its main fund lost 1.6 percent in September and 11 percent this year, Hall said in an Oct. 9 client letter, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News. The firm, which was incorporated in December 2012, lost 10.1 percent since inception………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Have hedge funds ended wave of selling in ags?

Posted on 14 October 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds showed further signs of unwillingness to extend their negative take on agricultural commodities, with increased bearishness in corn and soybeans matched by more positive takes in cotton and sugar.
Managed money, a proxy for speculators, lifted its net long position in futures and options in the top 13 US-traded agricultural commodities, from corn to sugar, by 1,960 contracts to 251,765 lots in the week to last Tuesday, analysis of data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulator shows………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Miss Out on Gold Gains as Bull Holdings Drop

Posted on 13 October 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds reduced bullish gold wagers just before prices rallied the most since June on concern that global economic growth is weakening.The net-long position in New York futures and options contracted for an eighth week, U.S. government data show. The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 world growth forecast on Oct. 7.
Minutes of the Federal Reserve’s last meeting showed policy makers saw slowing foreign expansion as a risk to the U.S., fueling bets that record-low borrowing costs will persist………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Return of volatility brings currency funds a welcome windfall

Posted on 10 October 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Big price swings in the foreign exchange market are back and currency funds are reaping the benefit after years of poor returns as central bank cash suppressed the volatility on which they depend. Laith Khalaf, a strategist at investment group Hargreaves Lansdown, said he could not recall a month since the 2008 financial crisis when a currency fund was in the top 10 of the more than 2,000 funds the firm tracks. In September, there were two in the top five.
And an index of global currency managers’ performance, the Parker Global Strategies CMI-C Index, posted a 2.63 percent rise in September, its biggest monthly gain in 10 years. The index has lost money in four out of the last five years. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Commodities Funds Soar As Retirement Asset Niche

Posted on 24 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The value of commodities funds soared by 45 percent from 2010 to 2012 in 401(k) and defined contribution plans, asset research firm BrightScope disclosed Tuesday using the latest Labor Department data. Despite the surge, these funds continue to be a niche holding for retirement savings, accounting for just over 1 percent ($3.8 billion) of retirement assets.
Pimco was the most popular sponsor of the funds, taking three of the top five places. The company’s Commodity Real Return Strategy Fund retained the No. 1 ranking for the second year in a row with a gain of more than $100 million in retirement accounts, rising to a total of $587 million………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Funds Turn Bearish Silver, CFTC Data Shows

Posted on 23 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Large speculators turned bearish in their Comex silver futures and options net holdings, according to data in one of the reports compiled by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
The disaggregated commitments of traders report from the CFTC showed large speculators now hold a net-short silver positioning, the first time since June 10. In the legacy report these traders are still net-long, but this is the ninth straight week they cut their bullish holdings. The most recent CFTC data is for the week ended Sept. 16………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Make Record Bet on Lower U.S. Diesel Prices

Posted on 22 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Speculators are making their biggest-ever bet on lower U.S. diesel costs after expanding stockpiles drove prices to a two-year low.
Hedge funds increased net-short wagers on ultra-low sulfur diesel for a fourth week, to the most in U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data that begins in 2006. Prices retreated 17 percent since reaching this year’s high on Jan. 31………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Bulls Extend 2014 Exit as Slump Erases $6.7 Billion

Posted on 22 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds extended this year’s longest exit from bullish gold bets as slumping prices and investor outflows since June erased $6.7 billion from the value of exchange-traded funds backed by the metal.
The net-long position in New York futures and options fell for a fifth straight week, with speculators boosting short bets to the highest since June, U.S. government data show. Investors sold 7.75 metric tons of gold held in ETPs last week, sending holdings to the lowest in five years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Funds and ETFs magnify EM volatility

Posted on 18 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Emerging equity markets are taking another lurch. The reasons are well rehearsed: angst about the future actions of the Federal Reserve occasionally prompts western investors to pull back their money in a hurry.
But the extent of the volatility over the past 18 months goes beyond that simple analysis. Why are emerging markets so jumpy? The answer has much to do with the way fund managers channel money to the emerging world…………………………………….Full Article: Source

Commodity Funds Are Struggling in Low-Volatility Environment

Posted on 17 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity hedge funds, which tend to perform the best when volatility spikes, have suffered in some areas this year with wrongly timed bets. Winners include Duet Commodities, Cumulus Energy, Merchant Commodity, whereas Brevan Howard Commodities Fund, Armajaro Commodities and Andurand Capital had a tough run through most of the year.
The recent surge in volatility has helped some, but most of the gains came from natural gas and soft commodities. Oil and precious metals have not done any favors to hedge funds who had major positions as prices tumbled………………………………………Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Cut Bullish Crop Bets to Lowest Since January

Posted on 15 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds cut bullish wagers on agricultural commodities to the lowest since January before the U.S. forecast rising grain supplies and sent wheat, corn and soybean prices to four-year lows. Money managers lowered their net-long position on crops from coffee to wheat in 10 of the past 11 weeks, U.S. government data show. Investors got more bearish on sugar and have the most-negative outlook on soybeans since 2006.
American farmers will collect the biggest corn and soybean crops ever this season, while global wheat reserves are set to reach a three-year high, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Sept. 11. Three months of rain and mild weather created almost ideal growing conditions, spurring price declines that drove the Bloomberg Commodity Index to a five-year low last week………………………………………..Full Article: Source

U.S. CFTC to allow commodity hedge funds to advertise to public

Posted on 11 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

U.S. derivatives regulators are removing a legal hurdle, which will open the door for hedge funds and other private funds to reach new investors through television, the Internet and other media channels. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced the move late on Tuesday in a staff “exemptive” letter to the industry.
The CFTC’s decision to permit private funds to advertise reflects an effort to harmonize outdated rules that conflict with a 2012 law that lifted an 80-year-old advertising ban for hedge funds and other private investment vehicles………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Funds Continue To Exit Bullish Gold, Silver Positions In Latest CFTC Data

Posted on 09 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Large speculators again cut their net-long gold and silver futures and options holdings on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange in the latest Commodity Futures Trading Commission data for the week ended Sept. 2, following the same action seen in the previous week’s report.
These traders’ activity in platinum group metals and copper was mixed between the legacy and the disaggregated reports, with non-commercial traders returning to a net-short position in copper’s legacy data………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Reduce Bullish Gas Bets as Volatility Slides

Posted on 09 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge fund bulls accelerated their withdrawal from U.S. natural gas markets as volatility and prices declined on abundant supply. Speculators cut their net-long position across four benchmark contracts by 11 percent in the week ended Sept. 2, the most in three weeks, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Bullish wagers have declined for six consecutive months, the most in data compiled by Bloomberg since 2010. Short positions rose to a nine-month high.
Prices have swung in the narrowest range for this time of year since 2009 as output and stockpiles increased at a record pace. The producers and consumers who trade with speculators have cut their holdings in gas by 25 percent from a record in April 2013, a sign they’re less concerned about price movements………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Cut Bullish Gas Bets as Volatility Slides

Posted on 08 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge fund bulls accelerated their withdrawal from U.S. natural gas markets as volatility and prices declined on abundant supply. Speculators cut their net-long position across four benchmark contracts by 11 percent in the week ended Sept. 2, the most in three weeks, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show.
Bullish wagers have declined for six consecutive months, the most in data compiled by Bloomberg since 2010. Short positions rose to a nine-month high………………………………………..Full Article: Source

3 Top-Rated Precious Metals Funds Set to Outperform

Posted on 05 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Precious metals have always been a solid investment choice, especially in times of economic uncertainty. They also offer superior protection against inflation, which cannot be said of almost all other reasonably liquid assets.
Consequently, they outperform other sectors during a market downturn, as they have demonstrated in the recent past. Since they hold well diversified portfolios and are professionally managed, precious metals funds offer the most stable option for investments in this sector………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity Trade Finance: uncovering the Opportunities in Africa

Posted on 04 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In a recent Opalesque Radio interview with Sona Blessing, Nicolas Clavel, founder and chief investment officer of Scipion Capital, an investment manager specialising in self-liquidating short-term Commodity Trade Finance (CTF) with a focus on Africa, elaborates on the commodity trade finance opportunities, the hurdles and their ability to deliver consistent risk-adjusted returns.
From a sector perspective, the commodity trade finance fund focuses on minerals and agricultural commodities produced in Africa, which then tend to be shipped to destinations such as (mainly) China and Europe. The fund also finances the import of commodities into Africa, which is in sync with the continent’s growth and lack of available supplies for high in demand inputs such as cement and diesel………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge funds cut gold bullish bets as bullion recovery stalls

Posted on 02 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Prices fall 2.6 per cent since June as signs of faster US growth fortifies the case for an interest-rate rise and reduces bullion’s value as a haven. After gold’s rally in the first half of the year beat gains for commodities, equities and Treasuries, bullion is back to being out of favour with investors.
Hedge funds cut their bullish gold bets for the fourth week in five, sending holdings to a two-month low, United States government data shows. Open interest in New York futures is the smallest in five years, and assets in global exchange-traded products backed by the metal in August posted the biggest monthly drop since May………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Cotton, sugar u-turns slow hedge funds’ ag selling

Posted on 02 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds’ selldown in the agricultural commodity complex slowed to a crawl as they turned less negative on cotton and sugar, offsetting in part continued bearish positioning in livestock and soybeans.
Managed money, a proxy for speculators, reduced its net long position in futures and options in the top 13 US-traded agricultural commodities, from cotton to corn, by 3,844 lots in the week to last Tuesday, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulator………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Cut Gold Bull Bets to Lowest Since June

Posted on 01 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After gold’s rally in the first half of the year beat gains for commodities, equities and Treasuries, bullion is back to being out of favor with investors. Hedge funds cut their bullish gold bets for the fourth week in five, sending holdings to a two-month low, U.S. government data show. Open interest in New York futures is the smallest in five years, and assets in global exchange-traded products backed by the metal in August posted the biggest monthly drop since May.
Gold prices fell 2.6 percent since June, heading the first quarterly loss this year, as signs of faster U.S. economic growth bolstered the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, cutting demand for an inflation hedge. Holdings through ETPs slumped for the fourth time in five months as escalating violence from Ukraine to the Middle East wasn’t enough to revive buying………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Africa’s Biggest Fund Manager Favors Platinum Equities Over Gold

Posted on 01 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Africa’s biggest fund manager favors South African platinum equities over those of gold, betting against the price performance of the metals and the share performance of the companies that mine them..
The Pretoria, South Africa-based Public Investment Corp., which manages the equivalent of $1.5 billion, is the biggest or second-largest shareholder in South Africa’s four biggest gold producers and two largest platinum miners, according to data compiled by Bloomberg………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge funds continue bearish positions on commodities

Posted on 27 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds have extended their misfortune on agricultural commodities, as increasingly negative sentiment on sugar and livestock more than offsets a reevaluation of laid-back positioning on wheat.
According to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulator, managed money cuts its net long position in futures and options in the top 13 U.S.-traded agricultural commodities from coffee to corn by more than 18,000 contracts in the week leading up to last Tuesday. It was the eighth consecutive week in which hedge funds reduced their net long………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Fund Managers Cut Most Precious Metals Positions In Latest CFTC Data

Posted on 27 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Large speculators cut their net-long gold futures and options holdings on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange in the latest Commodity Futures Trading Commission data for the week ended Aug. 19, reversing some of the gains established in the last report.
The retreat came as geopolitical fears subsided and pushed the yellow metal under $1,300 an ounce during that timeframe. Platinum group metals activity was mixed, with large speculators adding to bullish palladium holdings and dropping platinum. These traders continued to trim net-long silver positions and cut their exposure in copper , too………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Fund Managers Cut Most Precious Metals Positions In Latest CFTC Data

Posted on 26 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Large speculators cut their net-long gold futures and options holdings on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange in the latest Commodity Futures Trading Commission data for the week ended Aug. 19, reversing some of the gains established in the last report.
The retreat came as geopolitical fears subsided and pushed the yellow metal under $1,300 an ounce during that timeframe. Platinum group metals activity was mixed, with large speculators adding to bullish palladium holdings and dropping platinum. These traders continued to trim net-long silver positions and cut their exposure in copper, too………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Fund Citrine Sees Zinc, Nickel as Best Base Metal Bets

Posted on 26 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Zinc and nickel will probably lead advances in base metals next year as global demand outstrips production, according to Paul Crone, chief investment officer at Citrine Capital Management LLC.
Zinc may rally to $2,500 to $2,700 a metric ton, as much as 15 percent higher than last week, said Crone, who manages more than $200 million at the New York-based hedge fund and has traded metals for a quarter of a century. Nickel may rise 23 percent to $23,000 as Indonesia’s ban on raw ore exports cuts supply, Crone said in a phone interview on Aug. 21………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Fund Crude Bets Tumble Amid Surging Global Supply

Posted on 25 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Speculators are the least bullish on U.S. crude oil prices in 16 months as refinery maintenance weakens demand at a time when Libya and Iraq are swelling global supplies.
Futures dropped a fifth consecutive week after money managers reduced net-long positions in West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark grade, by 14 percent in the seven days ended Aug. 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Avoid hedge funds’ ETF termite problem

Posted on 25 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Some of the smartest investors are bad role models in their choice of exchange-traded funds, which are often celebrated for their low costs. The deadline for large investment managers to disclose portfolios to the Securities and Exchange Commission recently passed, and investors have pored over their buys and sells. One instructive part of how the big money invests gets ignored, though. A lot of hedge funds, and institutions in general, own some of the most expensive ETFs.
Hedge funds likely have their own reasons for holding certain ETFs when similar ones are cheaper. They need to know they can trade big stakes and still get good prices, so they want ETFs with lots of trading………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities Volatility Shakes Up Hedge Funds

Posted on 22 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Jumpy commodities markets are taking hedge funds for a wild ride. A spate of unpredictable U.S. weather, a surprise record harvest and even a pig virus are giving commodities traders exactly what they craved: volatility. But a few big names are on the wrong side of this summer’s topsy-turvy moves.
Unlike in years past, when star managers scored megapaydays in high-profile markets such as oil and gold, some of the biggest winners in recent months are in commodities like corn, soybeans, natural gas and electricity………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Extend Longest Soy Bear Run Since 2006: Commodities

Posted on 18 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds extended the longest bearish streak for soybeans in eight years as improving crop conditions bolster prospects for a record harvest in the U.S., the world’s largest grower.
Money managers have been betting on declines for five straight weeks, the most since October 2006. The U.S. on Aug. 12 raised its outlook for domestic production that was already forecast at an all-time high. The bumper harvest will swell global inventories to the biggest ever………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Polar Star to launch two new balanced commodity hedge funds this month

Posted on 14 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A South African commodity hedge fund shop located in Cape Town is launching two new funds following the success of its existing crops. The history of the firm started with the Polar Star Fund (ZAR), which was launched in October 2008 within BlueAlpha Investment Management. In January 2010, Murray Derksen and Casper Groenewald joined BlueAlpha as the new managers on this fund. They launched the Polar Star Fund Limited (USD) in July 2010 and were later joined by their former colleagues from Rand Merchant Bank, Johann Theron in February 2013 and Francois Maritz in May 2014.
As a consequence of asset growth and successful investment results, BlueAlpha transferred the investment management function for the Polar Star Funds to a new entity, Polar Star Management, which now works independently and focuses on commodity strategies, while BlueAlpha continues to run its own equity products, all in the same building. All investment and operational team members responsible for the Polar Star Funds continue with their functions within Polar Star Management………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Aluminum Bulls Increase Wagers as Funds’ Favorite Is Zinc

Posted on 13 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds and other speculators increased their bullish bets on aluminum with prices climbing to a 17-month high today amid forecasts for a shortage.
The net-long position in aluminum rose to 146,418 futures and options by Aug. 8 from 141,277 contracts a week earlier, the London Metal Exchange said in its second weekly Commitment of Traders report. Zinc has the highest share of money manager bets on higher prices at 28 percent of open interest compared with 25 percent for aluminum and 22 percent for copper………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Are Digging Gold Miners

Posted on 11 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

All that glitters isn’t gold—at least for the investors who are eschewing the precious metal in favor of the companies that mine it. After years spent in the shadow of gold, miners are back in favor, driven by stronger earnings and cuts to mining costs. The NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, which tracks 39 gold-mining companies, has soared 26% so far this year, compared with a 8.9% rise in gold and a 4.5% increase in the S&P 500.
The gold-miner rally is a boon for high-profile hedge-fund managers such as George Soros and John Paulson—as well as traditionally gold-focused traders like Peter Palmedo and Eric Sprott. Their gold bets were pummeled last year, when a rise in bond yields and muted inflation dulled gold’s allure, sparking a stampede that drove the precious metal’s price down 28% and the gold-mining index down 54%……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge funds close to most bearish ever on wheat

Posted on 05 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds cut their bets on agricultural commodities to the most downbeat in six months, led by wheat, in which they came close to their most bearish positioning ever, with notable gloom over cotton price prospects too.
Managed money, a proxy for speculators, cut by more than 37,000 contracts its net long position in futures and options in the main 13 US-traded agricultural commodities in the week to last Tuesday, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulator………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge Funds Cut Gold Bull Wagers by Most in Eight Weeks

Posted on 04 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hedge funds reduced bets that gold would rally from the longest retreat in a year as U.S. economic growth exceeded analysts’ estimates.
Money managers cut their net-long position by 10 percent in the week through July 29, the most since June, U.S. government data show. Prices dropped for a third week, the longest slide since July 2013. The decline helped to erase almost $610 million from the value of exchange-traded products backed by the metal………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Currency Funds Slid in June on U.S. Economic Doubt, Parker Says

Posted on 01 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Foreign-exchange funds lost 1 percent in June as reports cast doubt on the strength of the U.S. economic recovery, according to Parker Global Strategies LLC.
Of the 34 funds that reported results, 24 had losses, the company said in a statement today. Money managers’ performance ranged from losing as much as 7.1 percent to a return of 2.4 percent, the Stamford, Connecticut, company said in statement. The company’s index is down 4.4 percent for the past 12 months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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