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ETF Securities’ commodity ETC assets reach USD19bn

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ETF Securities’ commodity ETC assets rose USD9bn in 2009 to reach USD16bn as demand for gold, energy, agriculture and other hard assets surged.

ETFS Copper rose 130 per cent and ETFS Physical Palladium rose 114 per cent to become two of top five best performing long ETFs/ETCs listed on the London Stock Exchange.

ETFS Industrial Metals was the best performing commodity basket in 2009, up 80 per cent.
Physically-backed precious metal ETC holdings – gold, silver, platinum and palladium – reached historic highs.

ETFS Forward All Commodities DJ-UBSCI-F3SM has risen 263 per cent over the past ten years, making commodities the top performing major asset class over the period.

Nicholas Brooks, head of research and investment strategy, says: "Demand for commodity ETCs was incredibly strong in 2009 and this has continued into 2010. ETF Securities assets under management in commodity ETCs in 2009 rose by USD9bn to end the year at USD16bn on the back of strong demand for gold and other physically-backed precious metal ETCs as well as energy, agriculture and industrial metal ETCs. 

“Assets under management in our ETCs are now 60 per cent higher than they were in July 2008 before the financial crisis broke out. Most of the demand has been for long exposure, with investors’ building their holdings of ‘hard assets’ for their strong long-term supply-demand fundamentals, as well as their potential to hedge against inflation and currency debasement risks as government finances deteriorate and central banks keep the liquidity taps open."

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