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ETF Securities is expanding its oil exchange-traded commodity offering with the listing of ETF Forward Crude Oil on the London Stock Exchange later this week.

ETFS created the world’s first oil ETC with Shell Trading in July 2005. More than four years later, the ETFS oil ETC platform now enables investors to invest in oil through long, short, forward (from front month to three years) and leveraged ETCs, and to choose which part of the oil futures curve they would like exposure to.

Investors also have the choice of being exposed to either ICE Futures’ Brent or Nymex’s WTI, the world’s two most traded oil benchmarks.

In addition, investors are able to gain exposure to oil equities through the ETFX Dow Jones Stoxx 600 Oil & Gas Fund.

ETFS Forward Crude Oil will track the DJUBS Crude Oil 3 Month Forward SubIndex, completing ETF Securities’ oil ETC platform of 14 oil ETCs.

The DJUBS Crude Oil 3 Month Forward SubIndex is a passive oil index but has historically performed well, outperforming most “enhanced” or “smart” indices over different time periods.

ETFS Forward Crude Oil will be listed in the ETC segment of the London Stock Exchange.

Nicholas Brooks, head of research and investment strategy, says: “The DJUBS Crude Oil 3 Month Forward SubIndex is a passive oil index which has performed remarkably well, rising 30.8 per cent YTD and 24.4 per cent per annum over the past ten years, outperforming global equities and most ‘smart’ algorithmdriven oil indexes over various time periods. After falling sharply last year, oil prices have rebounded strongly this year as cyclical indicators have picked up and inventories have declined. While the rally has reduced the impact of contango on futures returns, it remains a drag on neardated oil futures

“The DJUBS Crude Oil 3 Month Forward SubIndex helps investors minimise their exposure to contango by giving them direct exposure to futures returns further along the oil curve. The new ETC will complement our wide range of existing oil ETCs that give investors’ exposure to oil futures returns ranging from one month to three years in both WTI and Brent oil.”

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