As the commodity bull run continues to rumble along
eight years after it commenced, Elliott Aykroyd spoke to exchanges, firms and index providers about what has kept it going and what has prevented a stampede.
At some point in the last five years all investors will have
heard that had they invested in commodities instead of equities
in that time they would have made a killing. But the real issue
is whether or not potential players are being offered enough of
the right products to invest in and the right people to manage
Because of the concurrent bull equities and bear commodities
markets in the nineties, many investors have treated
commodities like a new asset class, with the usual concerns
over investing in any new area, including whether the right
product exists, who can manage an investment, cost of trading
and of course, risk versus reward.
Lionel Motiére, chairman of Diapason Commodities
Management, which hosts the Jim Rogers commodities index,
thinks that while the market is very healthy at the moment
there are some historical problems holding it back.
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