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Commodities Now June 2014

Geopolitical Risks Mount

Although we are now beginning to enjoy some degree of synchronized global growth (as measured by the Global Purchasing Managers’ Index) with China contributing modestly, the bright news is that the US and parts of Europe are rebounding meaning that global growth in 2014 is likely to accelerate for the first time in four years to 3.5% – constructive news for commodities.


US production of liquid petroleum is surpassing its previous peak reached in 1970 in the latest landmark for the country’s shale oil boom, and in sharp contrast to oil production elsewhere, which is constrained by declines in mature areas (such as the North Sea) and political and security issues in countries like Libya, Iraq and Syria.


Geopolitics and weather are omnipresent in the commodities world and both have played a specific role here this year. Russia’s annexation of Crimea (and subsequent meddling in eastern Ukraine), and the sudden advances of the Sunni Islamist extremist group ISIS in Iraq are just two instances of the geopolitical storms that regularly engulf the natural resource sector.


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