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Brent Crude should overtake WTI crude oil in S&P GSCI

New York, 3 October 2014

S&P Dow Jones hosted its annual index advisory panel meeting for the S&P GSCI yesterday.  Based on preliminary data, S&P DJI has determined that Brent Crude should overtake WTI crude oil as the most heavily weighted commodity in the S&P GSCI.

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TriOptima’s latest energy compression cycle breaks record

New York, 29 September 2014

TriOptima, leading provider of OTC derivative post trade services, announces today that the notional eliminated in the latest triReduce energy cycle grew to $12.1 billion (single-counted), a 110% increase over its previous all-time high cycle in March 2014. Line items eliminated similarly grew by 65%.

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Commodity Benchmarking - Survey

London, September 2014

Benchmarks are an essential part of the financial services industry and the financial/physical commodity trading and risk management complex. They provide the yardsticks by which many long-term and structured transactions are determined. However, many benchmarks have been undermined by scandals and allegations of manipulation.

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LME opens its first clearing house

Source: Financial Times, 21st September 2014

The £50m clearing house project is intended to underpin the bourse’s tilt at opening Chinese markets and is a key part of parent HKEx’s strategy plans

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S&P Dow Jones Indices, Research Affiliates Join Forces to Launch Dow Jones RAFI Commodity Index

New York, 11 September 2014

S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI), one of the world’s leading providers of financial market indices, and Research Affiliates, a global leader in innovative indexing and asset allocation strategies, announced today the launch of the Dow Jones RAFI Commodity Index. The Index offers a factor based approach that uses signals intended to generate outperformance, but with typical indexing merits like liquidity, governance, and transparency.

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ETFs and ETPs global assets reach new record high of $2.7 trillion

London, 8 September 2014

ETFGI’s research finds ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a new record high of 2.7 trillion US dollars at the end of August 2014. Year to date, net new assets gathered of US$185.0 Bn surpass the previous high of US$140.1 Bn set in the first eight months of 2012. The Global ETF/ETP industry had 5,421 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,467 listings, from 223 providers listed on 60 exchanges according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s end August 2014 Global ETF and ETP industry insights report.

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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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