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Understanding futures-based commodity fund returns

Posted on 10 April 2013

If you are a holder of one of the many futures-based commodity broad-basket mutual funds or exchange-traded products like (DBC), (GSG), (DJP) or (GCC), then an understanding of what drives the return on the futures contracts held in these products is critically important.
In connection with this, one needs to understand just how different the return on a commodity future can be from a spot commodity. I say this because I think some of the motivations for investors to have commodities in their portfolios is somewhat compromised by the reality that commodity futures have under-performed spot commodities pretty dramatically over the last 15 years……………………………………….Full Article: Source


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