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Commodities Briefing 09.Mar 2012

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Commodity ETFs (also known as ETCs) can be used as a diversification tool, but they can also provide investors with access to booming markets and impressive returns. Below, we list the fifteen top-performing ETFs that have had runaway success over the last few years.
Readers will see from the list below that precious metals, such as gold, have benefited from a “flight to safety” sentiment amidst growing debt concerns in the eurozone. It’s important to note that all the top-performing ETFs over the last year have been gold ETFs, and some have seen their performance boosted by rising currencies……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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As an individual investor, you may be interested in investing in commodities to diversify your portfolio. Investing in tangible assets such as oil, gold, silver, corn, and soybeans can offer diversification benefits. Commodities can also provide some protection from inflation.
But how do you invest in this market? Buying gold bars or barrels of oil is not a very practical solution. You would have to worry about insurance and storage, and some commodities like corn or cocoa would not hold up too well over the years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Latin America must take steps to defend itself from a growing reliance on commodities and China, while currency appreciation is warranted given the economic improvements relative to developed markets, the Institute of International Finance said on Thursday.
“Growing dependency on commodities and China requires improving lines of defense against sharp and sustained terms of trade losses,” the IIF said in its latest regional overview………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Commodities are rising amid a recovery in risk appetite on hopes that Greece will be able to complete a bond swap by today’s deadline, unlocking funding through its second EU/IMF bailout package. The scheme would have private investors exchange their bond holdings for new paper, accepting a loss of 70 percent on the initial investment.
Firms representing over 40 percent of creditors said they would back the plan yesterday, joining others already committed and stoking optimism that the 75 percent participation threshold aimed for by Athens will be met………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Richard Davis, co-manager of the BlackRock World Resources Equity Income fund, explains why dividend-paying companies in the commodities sector offer value in a low yield environment.
Fluctuating commodities prices have made many investors wary of a sector that seems more prone than most to macroeconomic and geopolitical risks………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, has appointed Yasser Mufti a new governor for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Mufti, who previously worked for state-giant Saudi Arabian Oil Co., or Saudi Aramco, and was the country’s national representative to OPEC’s Economic Commission Board from 2003 until 2009, replaces Majid al-Moneef, according to OPEC website………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Energy markets in 2012 may be in for a “bumpy” year because of high demand for oil and concerns about alternatives, the IEA said.
Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency, writes in the OECD Observer that macroeconomic concerns have diverted attention away from energy policy. This, she stated, would have “worrying impacts” on oil prices and environmental issues………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Nuclear power will not go away, but its role may never be more than marginal. America’s nuclear bubble burst not after the accident at Three Mile Island but five years before it. The French nuclear-power programme, the most ambitious by far of the 1980s, continued largely undisturbed after Chernobyl, though other countries did pull back.
The West’s “nuclear renaissance” much bruited over the past decade, in part as a response to climate change, fizzled out well before the roofs blew off Fukushima’s first, third and fourth reactor buildings. Today’s most dramatic nuclear expansion, in China, may be tempered by Fukushima, but it will not be halted………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Gold traders are the most bullish in four months after investors accumulated more metal than ever and hedge funds raised bets on gains to a five-month high.
Sixteen of 23 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg expect prices to gain next week and one was neutral, the highest proportion since Nov. 11. Investors increased their holdings in exchange- traded products backed by bullion for seven consecutive weeks and now hold 2,407 metric tons valued at $131 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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We previously stated that gold ownership was made illegal on 1st May 1933. What we did not tell you was that U.S. citizens, under Order 6102, were allowed to own up to $100 in gold coin [+5 ounces]. Today that would be worth under $8,400, a mere token gesture to real gold owners.
It acted as a tiny escape valve to the general body of citizens and did not detract from the fact that effective gold ownership was abolished………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Gold prices may be near the end of a downward correction, although the metal’s fortunes could still hinge on Greece for a while yet, HSBC said in a research note.
According to HSBC, prices tumbled Tuesday as renewed worries about the Greek debt situation prompted a flight out of risk assets, including equities, and weakened the euro………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The spot prices of gold and silver will drive up shares of mining stocks since the Euro currency has strengthened, says Mitchell Clark, contributor to financial newsletter Profit Confidential.
In the latest article titled ‘Why Oil Prices, Gold and Silver are Looking Good Again’, Clark explains how the price action in mining stocks are related to the underlying commodity prices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Rare-earth deposits are not rare; they are just rarely put into production. Why is that? It is because of pricing economics driven by supply and demand. The demand for the rare earths as raw materials is today in southeast Asia, so it should not be surprising to see how the producing supply base has migrated to that part of the world.
Yet pundits and politically charged writers keep hinting at a vast intentional Chinese conspiracy to “control” the rare earths. It is more than likely actually a consequence of the operations of the market forces of (what we now ironically call) free-market capitalism………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Demand for Rare Earth (RE) metals could grow upto 2600% over the course of next 25 years, a study published by the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology states. China is the largest supplier of RE metals in the world.
The study shows that a shift to Green energy could significantly push up demand for these already scarce metals. With nations around the world increasingly active in proposing to cut carbon emissions, the use of Green Energy can only grow from henceforth. In such a situation, the huge demand for RE metals could cut down on the resources………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Copper prices have been strongly correlated with economic growth for a long time. The idea is not hard to understand. The metal is an integral part of everything we build, from shoddy flashlights on key chains to cutting-edge submarine energy transmission lines in offshore wind farms.
As you can imagine, or already know, copper prices tanked with the global economy. A short-lived run pushed prices up as China created a copper bank, of sorts, and stockpiled the industrial commodity………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Lyxor has launched a new range of commodity exchange-traded funds on the London Stock Exchange, offering investors broadly diversified commodity exposure through a combination of four strategies
Lyxor, the exchange-traded funds (ETFs) platform of Société Générale, has launched a range of ’smart’ commodity ETFs that deploy a combination of four strategies depending on the commodity underlying………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Over the last few years, food price inflation has become a hot-button issue around the world. This comes as little surprise, given sustained price increases across the broad commodities space and the far reaching geopolitical implications it has already posed.
This article will discuss a number of the drivers behind food price inflation, its repercussions, and a selection of ETFs that investors may tap to capitalize upon continued volatility in the space………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Charting the rise of the ETF may be interesting fodder for industry-watchers, but for investors the more pertinent questions may be: how, when, and why should I use an ETF? Should ETFs replace other holdings in my portfolio? How do I compare ETFs? What details should I know before diving in?
Morningstar.co.uk’s ETF Investing Week aims to bring clarity to this fast-growing investment vehicle with a focus not only on what it is, but also what it does–and how ETFs may be used as both a building block in a strategic portfolio and as a key instrument in a tactical investor’s toolbox………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Brazil’s central bank fired the next shot in what is shaping up to be an international currency war with a sharper-than-expected interest rate cut late Wednesday that pushed down the value of its currency, the real.
It’s yet another bullet that Brazil is using to fight the rapid inflation of its currency and jumpstart its sputtering economy, which expanded at a 2.7% rate in 2011 versus 7.5% in 2010………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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China is reportedly to begin extending loans in yuan to BRICS countries in another step towards internationalizing the national currency and diversifying from the US dollar.
The Chinese Development Bank wants to sign a memorandum of understanding with the country’s partners from BRICS group of developing countries on increasing yuan-denominated loans, while partners increase loans in their national currencies, The Financial Times reports, citing people familiar with the talks………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Sterling rose against the dollar on Wednesday, gaining in tandem with other riskier assets and currencies as optimism grew that enough private creditors would agree to a Greek debt restructuring.
The pound showed little reaction to a Bank of England decision to not change interest rates or its quantitative easing target, as had been fully expected………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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A new survey of food and agri-businesses by international legal practice Norton Rose Group, Securing Supply in an Uncertain World, reveals that the global agri-industry is set to receive increased investment over the next year.
Two-thirds (67 per cent) of respondents are planning to increase investment in the sector over the next 12 months as increased consumption in emerging markets continues to transform the global agri-industry. The survey also reveals that 60 per cent of respondents intend to undertake strategic acquisitions or fund raisings in the next 12 months and 51 per cent expect further consolidation in the industry over the next three years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Polish environment minister Marcin Korolec has said he will veto an EU proposal for CO2 cuts at a meeting in Brussels on Friday (9 March).
The minister told Polish press agency, Pap, in Warsaw on Wednesday: “Our position is - we do not agree to any higher EU reduction goals looking to the year 2020. To currently define climate policy, when we do not know what global negotiations will look like, is seriously premature.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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