Commodities Outlook 2014

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James Williams, Hedgeweek

Influence on prices shifts to the West

Over the past 12 months the S&P 500 index has gained nearly 24 per cent. With the US economic recovery building momentum, the UK enjoying its fastest period of growth since 2007 and the Eurozone returning to some sort of normalcy, many commentators are expecting the influence on commodity prices to shift from East to West. »


David Donora, Threadneedle

Highest conviction in oil-based products

As the US economy continues to show signs of recovery and Europe begins to stabilise there is growing sentiment that developed markets will have more of an influence on global commodity prices this year. »


Jeremy Baker, Harcourt

China growth continues to support commodity prices

To countenance the idea that any form of economic slowdown in China could lead to an extended period of depressed commodity prices is misguided. Admittedly, commodity prices over the least three years have been poor. But in the view of Jeremy Baker (pictured), Head of Commodities at Harcourt, the events of 08 and ’09, which led to a structural bear market were more of an “interruption” to the commodity supercycle than anything longterm. »


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US energy infrastructure ETFs prove popular with investors

For many investors, ETFs are fast becoming an effective way to engage in tactical trading. And when it comes to investment tactics, commodities represent one of the most challenging arenas in which to participate. Last year, the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index was down nearly 9 per cent. This was reflected in outflows from Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs). Figures reported last December by London-based ETF consultancy firm, ETFGI, showed that commodity ETPs suffered a record level of USD39.7bn in net outflows for the year. »


Nicholas Brooks, ETF Securities

Investors should maintain gold hedge

ETF Securities has established itself as one of the true pioneers in the commodity ETP arena. Commodities dominate the firm’s product suite of 278 ETPs with 100 individual ETCs available to investors. »


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