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IOSCO launches public information repository for central clearing requirements

Madrid, 5 August 2014

The International Organization of Securities Commissions today unveiled an information repository for central clearing requirements for OTC derivatives, which provides regulators and market participants with consolidated information on the clearing requirements of different jurisdictions.  

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Invest in equities not physicals: Barings

London, 5 August 2014

Resources sector equities are currently more attractive than direct investments in physical commodities and investors should focus on investing in ‘companies not commodities’ to benefit from strong opportunities and increasing global demand for resources, according to Baring Asset Management (“Barings”).

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Commodities slipping down the asset class league table

London, 3 August 2014

Commodities have slipped further down the league table of asset class performance over the past week. The destruction in returns during July has been concentrated in the agricultural and energy sectors. In the event of signs of a further acceleration in US economic activity, Deutsche Bank expect precious metal returns will be the next commodity sector to suffer declines.

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Shell earnings hit by $2bn writedown

Source: Financial Times, 31st July 2014

Souring investments at its North American business weigh on profits, but financial hit is cushioned by $1.2bn of asset disposals

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S&P GSCI gained 2.1% in June

London, 3 July 2014

The S&P GSCI gained 2.1% in June for a YTD performance of 5.7%. Agriculture was down 7.1% in June. Cocoa enjoyed increased demand from China and was the only positive commodity in the sector, up 2.1%. Corn and Chicago wheat were the worst-performing commodities in the sector, down 9.4% and 9.7%. Like sugar, they suffered due to surpluses. Corn prices continued to plummet after a USDA report showed large corn stock amid an outlook for a record domestic crop. Some farmers have switched to soybeans after the price of corn slumped from its record in 2013.

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S&P Dow Jones Indices Introduces Dow Jones Commodity Index

New York, 1 July 2014

S&P Dow Jones Indices (SPDJI) has introduced today the Dow Jones Commodity Index which is designed to serve as a broad-market commodity index with diversification and liquidity as its intrinsic characteristics. The Index may be used as a well-diversified, core beta exposure, or as a simple building block for customizable indices or product creation. The Dow Jones Commodity Index will serve as a complement to the S&P GSCI® – the first investable commodity index and its family of indices.

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Ah, the Power of Mean Reversion

San Antonio, 21 June 2014

The chatter this week has been gold. The precious metal flew up $45 an ounce on Thursday, surprising investors, the media and markets alike: U.S. Global Investors.

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World Bank Lowers Projections for Global Economic Outlook

Washington, 10 June 2014

Developing countries are headed for a year of disappointing growth, as first quarter weakness in 2014 has delayed an expected pick-up in economic activity, according to the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report, released today.

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KKR buys into China pork producer

Source: Financial Times, 6th June 2014

Private equity house invests about $150m in China state-owned Cofco, joining other international investors, as China redraws agribusiness landscape

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Cargill could do better, declares new chief

Source: Financial Times, 12th May 2014

MacLennan looks to quit businesses where Cargill has a small presence, to take on risk and to invest where the group could be a market leader

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