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ETF Securities launches ETCs covering cocoa, lead, tin and platinum


ETF Securities has expanded its commodity offering with the listing of four long ETCs offering exposure to cocoa, lead, tin and platinum on the London Stock Exchange.

The indices underlying the new ETCs are up an average of 44 per cent in the past 12 months.

With commodity ETC assets nearly tripling in 2009 and volumes doubling, ETF Securities is listing four new commodity ETCs as a response to investor demand for more extensive choice with regards to single commodity investing.

The new commodity ETCs are designed to track the Dow Jones UBS Commodity Indices on cocoa, tin, lead and platinum which are priced off the relevant commodities futures contracts.

The listing of ETFS Cocoa, ETFS Tin, ETFS Lead and ETFS Platinum brings ETF Securities’ commodity ETC platform of long, short and leveraged commodity ETCs to 148.

Nicholas Brooks, head of research and investment strategy, says: “The four new long commodity ETCs tracking tin, lead, cocoa and platinum provide investors’ with an easy and secure way to invest in the commodities markets. ETFS Tin is Europe’s first long tin futures ETC, tracking the DJ UBS Tin Total Return Index. Tin has been a strong performer, with the index up 48 per cent over the past 12 months and 271 per cent over the past ten years on rapidly growing China demand for tin.

“Cocoa has also performed very strongly recently (up 60 per cent over the past year) as weather disruptions have hit supply and demand has held up better than expected through the economic downturn.

“Lead, primarily used in automobile batteries, been one of the strongest performers of all of the DJ UBS commodity indexes over the past decade, up 536 per cent over the period.”

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