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Net flows into all long exchange-traded commodities rose by USD216m in the week ending 16 January, the largest weekly rise since July 2008, according to ETC provider ETF Securities.

Net flows into all long exchange-traded commodities rose by USD216m in the week ending 16 January, the largest weekly rise since July 2008, according to ETC provider ETF Securities.

Oil and physically-backed gold ETCs accounted for 90 per cent of the increase with a diverse group of precious metals, agriculture and energy ETCs seeing the remainder of the inflows.

Long oil ETCs saw their strongest inflows ever, with total inflows rising by USD147m during the week. Total inflows have now increased by USD583m since the beginning of November, rising faster than any other commodity class.

ETFS Crude Oil is the most popular oil ETC, with total flows since inception standing at USD329m. Last week was its biggest week since listing in 2006 with USD73m of inflows, making it the most popular ETC last week. ETFS WTI also saw strong inflows of USD28m followed by USD22m of inflows into ETFS Brent.

ETFS Leveraged Crude Oil saw USD25m of inflows last week, the largest weekly flow since listing in February 2008, and is now the most popular of the leveraged ETCs having pushed ETFS Leveraged Gold out of first place in the third week of December. ETFS Short Crude Oil saw continued outflows last week, with net flows now down USD24m since the beginning of November.

Physically backed gold ETCs also continued to show strong inflows last week, with Gold Bullion Securities receiving USD52m of inflows. Since the middle of November there has been an increase in interest in physically-backed gold ETCs with net inflows rising by USD350m. ETFS Physical Gold has seen USD293m of inflows over the period, accounting for 83 per cent of the physical gold inflows.

After oil and gold the largest inflows last week were into ETFS Physical Platinum with a USD5m increase, followed by ETFS Physical Silver with a USD3m increase. Other ETCs that have seen increased interest include ETFS Wheat, ETFS Soybeans, ETFS Livestock and ETFS Industrial Metals.

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