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Commodity Portfolio Management Research & Reports

Commodity ETP Trends Q4 and full year 2014

London, 8 January 2015

Commodity performance continued to deteriorate in Q4 2014, marking the worst year for the asset class since the global financial crisis. A perfect storm of factors – the combination of strong supply across most commodity sectors, concerns about demand from China and a strengthening US Dollar – depressed prices and saw global AUM drop US$9.2bn in Q4 to US$101.5bn from Q3 2014. Net flows into commodity ETPs were neutral and the AUM decline was entirely driven by price movements. Investors now appear to be looking at the current environment as an opportunity to increase cyclical commodity exposures, rotating away from more defensive exposures like gold.

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Investment Themes in Resources for 2015

London, 25 December 2014

Despite significant headwinds for commodities in the form of US$ strength and slowing China growth, New City Investment Managers believe that 2015 offers strong opportunities for resource investors.

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Bull Market Slows to a Jog in 2015

New York, December 2015

BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research today released its outlook for the markets in 2015, forecasting that the bull market in global equities will continue next year but returns will slow to single-digit rates. Strong fundamentals and healthy growth in the U.S. economy support a case for investor optimism and opportunism; however, in the lower-return, higher-volatility environment projected ahead, selective allocation and defensive portfolio moves will be crucial for performance.

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The Enterprise at Risk: Is Trust the New Alpha?

London, November 2014

Historically, returns were paramount in the capital markets, while risk and regulatory concerns were hurdles to clear. Today, risk and compliance have become a significant consideration in business strategy.

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CPMI and IOSCO issue report on the recovery of financial market infrastructures

London, 15 October 2015

The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) have today published a report entitled Recovery of financial market infrastructures.

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Commodity Trading and Risk Management Technology

London, September 2014

In just under 2 week’s time, 120+ delegates from the global CTRM community (users, service practitioners, vendors etc). will meet in London to discuss best practice in CTRM technology and deployment and spend the day focused on the key issues and trends impacting the E/CTRM software category.

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FSB publishes feasibility study on aggregation of OTC derivatives trade repository data

London, 19 September 2014

G20 Leaders agreed in 2009 that all over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives contracts should be reported to trade repositories, as part of their commitments to reform OTC derivatives markets in order to improve transparency, mitigate systemic risk and protect against market abuse. To date, a total of 25 trade repositories in 11 jurisdictions are either operational or have announced that they will be. Aggregation of the data being reported across these trade repositories is necessary to ensure that authorities are able to obtain a comprehensive global view of the OTC derivatives market and activity. The FSB is publishing today a study of the feasibility of various options for a mechanism to produce and share global aggregated data.

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IOSCO updates survey on commodity derivatives

London, 9 September 2014

The International Organization of Securities Commissions today issued the Update to Survey on the Principles for the Regulation and Supervision of Commodity Derivatives Markets, which updates its 2012 review of the implementation of IOSCO’s principles for commodity derivatives markets.

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CTRM Into the Future

London, September 2014

Increased complexity and the new demands being made on our industry – especially from regulators – has created a growing demand for E/CTRM systems: the category of software applications, architectures and tools that support the business processes associated with managing and trading commodity exposures and logistics. Trading, investing, and managing assets and liabilities in today’s complex commodity sectors requires sophisticated, robust, adaptable and scaleable technology – and never more so than now in the Big Data / Big Compliance era. 

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How to effectively manage your portfolio

London, August 2014

Managing a large portfolio can be a challenging task, but for those doing so as a key part of their businesses, it’s not something that can easily be outsourced. To handle it effectively, it’s necessary to step back and view management itself as something that needs to be organized.

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