Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Commodities investing

The UK Financial Services Authority has just issued a paper about risks and challenges in the growing commodities investment segment. Most of the paper is a wrap-up of conventional wisdom, but it is nevertheless worth mentioning that the FSA recognises the wide use of algorithmic trading (with associated technical risk) and that, surprisingly, UK pension funds are barely invested in this asset class to date. Consequently, the consensus view is that the growth of portfolio investment in commodities is set to continue.

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