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Commodities Briefing 18.Oct 2011

Posted on 18 October 2011 by VRS |  Email |Print

Yoweri MuseveniUganda President Yoweri Museveni says the global economic crisis is actually a realignment of the world economy. Museveni said that the reason behind the increasing prices of commodities was that more people from all over the world, other than the United States, Western Europe and Japan, had become richer.
“In the past, it was only those in America who used to live expensive lives……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Ken HarrisGrain prices are near their lowest in a year and global stockpiles are on the rise — so meat, dairy and pasta prices are poised for a fall, right?
Not so fast. Food companies from Coca-Cola to General Mills Inc to Sara Lee Corp, which fought hard to push through price increases earlier this year, are unlikely to give them all back right away……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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A new generation of commodity exchange-traded funds may become a “key diversifier” for investors, according to Societe Generale SA. Nizam Hamid, head of ETF strategy at Societe Generale’s corporate and investment-banking unit, said.
“We see more intelligent, third-generation indices in the commodities space as being one of the key trends moving forward, as investors look for better ways to gain access to difficult- to-trade products. And in this case, we see commodities as the key diversifier for many clients’ portfolios.”………………………………………Full Article: Source

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The International Energy Agency said Monday the demand outlook for coal and natural gas may have to be reassessed as it examines the negative impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa on oil-sector investment.
The IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2011, to be published November 9, will have a special focus on coal, looking at how coal markets may be affected by those two key events as well as the role of the sector after a surge in gas developments due to the tapping of new shale deposits, IEA senior energy analyst Pawel Olejarnik ………………………………………Full Article: Source

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The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has cut its estimate for world oil demand for this year, saying it expects no growth in oil demand for next year due to uncertainty in the global economy.
In its just-released Oil Market Report (OMR), the 12-member group, which controls a third of world’s oil, said uncertainty in the world economy was taking toll on oil demand, especially in the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) region……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Oil producing group OPEC cut its global oil demand growth forecast for a fourth consecutive month on Tuesday. It cited economic downturn in developed countries and efforts by China and India to curb fuel consumption. “The economic downturn is taking its toll on the world oil demand,” OPEC said in its monthly report.
“The decelerating U.S. economy, high unemployment rate and feelings of uncertainty among consumers, has damped U.S. oil demand. Similarly, debt problems in the euro zone are causing EU economies to lose some of their estimated growth this year.”………………………………………Full Article: Source

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West Texas Intermediate, once the unassailable global crude-oil benchmark, is under siege on a new front.
For months, many producers, traders and investors have considered the rival European Brent blend a better barometer of global demand. They cited a glut of oil in the U.S. as distorting prices of the West Texas blend traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange in New York……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Gold has been forming a wedge pattern for the past few days and the decreasing volume accompanying it indicates to a classic wedge pattern. Meaning- Gold has a strong chance that it will fall.
Now, when will it happen and where to target are questions on which we can only make assumptions……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Since the 2008 Crash more and more investment dollars have been flowing into precious metals as investors look for a safe place to store their wealth.
Dig Media’s 2011 Resource Investing News Network Audience Survey revealed that our readers are as passionate as the rest of the world when it comes to silver as a safe haven investment……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Aluminium prices have been battered by investors and shorts in the metal have increased. LME Aluminium has fallen from around $2900/tonne to below $2000/tonne this year.
And the CEO of Alcoa, Klaus Klienfeld is blaming the short sellers. “They are betting against aluminium as a proxy for betting against the global economy”………………………………………Full Article: Source

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Leveraged ETFs and ETNs are not new to most investors. They are also not new in all cases when it comes to precious metals. You are likely familiar with the SPDR Gold Shares for gold, iShares Silver Trust for silver, and the ETFS Physical Platinum Shares for platinum.
There are also some leveraged metals exchange-traded products out there. Now there is a new round of leveraged exchange-traded products from VelocityShares for investors who want to really reach for exposure on any given days., but there are eight new exchange-traded notes which are leveraged with and against precious metals……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Exchange-traded funds are the largest growing sector of the investment market, with at least $1,000 billion invested in them.
Look no further than the natural gas market, where Bloomberg reported that the equivalent to 86% of all natural gas contracts, on a given day, were held by the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG)……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Due to lower transaction costs and tax benefits, net returns are better. If you are looking to buy gold this festive season, ask yourself these questions. Do I want to buy it for consumption or investment? If consumption, then is the need immediate or can it be waited upon for the next couple of years or more?
The answers to these should help you decide your course……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Investments that do not move in tandem with U.S. stocks present opportunities for diversification and potential performance enhancement. Exchange-traded funds [ETFs] are a convenient vehicle for accessing a variety of investments other than stocks.
Alternative investments include hedge funds, commodities, derivatives, and real estate. In addition, there are alternative investment strategies that encompass short selling, arbitrage, leverage, and futures……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Former JPMorgan Chase & Co. trader Damien Bombell, who left when the bank closed a unit that bet on commodities last year, started a hedge fund to invest in metals, grains and energy.
The Strand Global Macro Fund began investing this year with money provided by Bombell and his partners, he said in a telephone interview. The fund plans to start trading with capital from outside clients in January, and is seeking to have at least $200 million under management, he said……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Asian currencies strengthened, led by South Korea’s won, after international funds added to holdings of regional assets to benefit from growth in the world’s fastest-growing economies.
Global funds bought $1.5 billion more Indonesian, South Korean and Taiwanese shares than they sold last week, exchange data show. China’s gross domestic product increased more than 9 percent for a ninth quarter, official data will show this week, according to economists in a Bloomberg survey. ………………………………………Full Article: Source

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Economically sustainable markets are built on the back of secure property rights, but because secure property rights cannot exist for greenhouse gases, emissions trading has a structural flaw that will ultimately unravel.
In a speech to the Liberal Party’s Menzies Research Centre think tank, Tony Abbott has warned businesses not to buy auctioned emissions permits to participate in the Gillard government’s planned emissions trading scheme operating after 2015……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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The biggest carbon trading project in the world - the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) - has brought small declines in emissions across the bloc, but has few fans.
Opponents of climate regulation hate it because they see it as an expensive white elephant; proponents of tougher regulation hate it because EU member states have secured emission caps high enough that the carbon price (currently around 10 euros per tonne) remains below levels that could drive fundamental change……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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