|ETFS Precious Metals Weekly:Gold ETF holdings hit all time high as gold price has worst day in 2 years-continued|
|March 5, 2012--Gold and other precious metals ETF holdings surge on back of price declines. The gold price and other precious metals prices corrected sharply last week as stretched 'speculative' futures investors used Bernanke's indication that another round of quantitative easing from the US central bank may not be imminent as an excuse to take profits.|
|ETF investors appeared to view the price
drop as a buying opportunity with a surge of gold and other precious
metal ETF buying. Gold ETF holdings hit an all time high last week,
rising by around 267,000 ounces to over 77.3mn ounces, $132bn at
the current gold price. Continued exceptionally accomodative
monetary policy globally, large and still rising sovereign debt
burdens and the continued high vulnerability of the global recovery
to multiple potential external shocks are expected to keep a firm
underpinning to investor and central demand for gold in the near and
Platinum and Palladium ETFs see growing demand as rising US auto sales and strong China demand keep price expectations high. Implats platinum mine labour issues are now being resolved and production is expected to start coming back onstream this week. The strike cost 120,000oz in lost PGM production.
The apparent resolution of the labor issue will likely remove platinumís near-term supply-risk price premium. Rebounding US auto sales and continued continued growth from China, however, appear to be compensating keeping prices well supported. Both platinum and palladium have seen ETF investor demand pick-up strongly this year (see charts on page 3) and futures postioning has also run-up quite sharply. The jump in speculative longs in the futures market is something that needs to monitored closely, as it indicates that prices could be susceptible to a short-term correction if macro news were to turn negative.
However, with auto demand still strong and supply issues still a key risk, barring a global relapse into recession, any correction is likely to be relatively short-lived.
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|Source: ETF Securities|
|Global ETP News|
|Newly Launched iSTOXX MUTB Global Quality Indices Licensed To Mitsubishi UFJ Trust And Banking Corp.|
|February 1, 2016--STOXX Limited, a leading provider of innovative, tradable and global index concepts, today announced the launch of the iSTOXX MUTB Global Quality Indices that capture the performance of quality companies with high profitability,low leverage and sustainable cash flows globally.|
|Infographic-Commodities: To Short, or Not to Short?|
|January 29, 2016--Comparing "Dogs of the Dow" inspired strategies over the last decade.|
|ETF Assets Hit Record $2.2 Trillion in 2015, According to Broadridge Financial Solutions|
|Growth of ETFs drives increased allocation of passive products in retail distribution channels|
January 28, 2016--Total exchange-traded fund (ETF) assets hit an all-time high of $2.2 trillion in 2015, driven by the continued growth in popularity of passive investment vehicles, according to quarterly data released today by Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) via its Fund Distribution Intelligence.
|ESMA Consultation paper-Draft Guidelines on the Market Abuse Regulation|
|January 28, 2016--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has opened today a public consultation on draft guidelines clarifying the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). MAR strengthens the existing market abuse framework by extending its scope to new markets, platforms and trading behaviours.|
|Corruption Perceptions Index 2015: Corruption still rife but 2015 saw pockets of hope|
|January 27, 2016--Transparency International calls on people everywhere to speak out against corruption|
2015 showed that people working together can succeed in the battle against corruption.
|Exchange traded funds (ETFs): Understanding the future opportunities and challenges|
|January 26, 2016-The ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) market is growing at a rapid pace. Growing far beyond their initial function of tracking large liquid indices in developed markets, ETFs now hold over $2.6 trillion of assets globally.|
|Foreign Direct Investment stocks at the end of 2014-The EU, a net investor in the rest of the world|
|Main FDI partner: by far the United States|
January 26, 2016--At the end of 2014, the European Union (EU) held Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) stocks of €5 749 billion in the rest of the world (+7.6% compared with the end of 2013),
|IMF Working Paper A First Look at Sectoral Balance Sheet Data|
|January 26, 2016--Summary: This paper analyzes the nonfinancial corporation (NFC) sector's financial balance sheets using data available from the OECD.|
|Infographic-Three Major Reasons for Gold in 2016|
|January 26, 2016--This year looks to be another one of increased volatility as the market see-saws in different directions.|
|ETF Securities Equity Research: Gold miners caught in a value trap|
|January 26, 2016--Summary
Gold miners are historically very cheap but at this juncture are likely to be a value trap due to profitability concerns.
|World Bank Lowers 2016 Forecasts for 37 of 46 Commodity Prices, Including Oil|
|Further economic slowdown in major emerging economies could push commodity markets lower
January 26, 2016--The World Bank is lowering its 2016 forecast for crude oil prices to $37 per barrel in its latest Commodity Markets Outlook report from $51 per barrel in its October projections.
|Fears Over Global Trade Declines Pointing To Recession Are Misplaced, Source Says|
|January 25, 2016--Fears that declining global trade points to economic stagnation are misplaced-not least because world exports are actually growing when measured in non-US dollar terms, according to Paul Jackson|
|The Making of the "Big Four" Banking Oligopoly in One Chart|
|January 25, 2016--The "Big Four" retail banks in the United States collectively hold 45% of all customer bank deposits for a total of $4.6 trillion.|
|WEF-Internet Fragmentation: An Overview|
|January 23, 2016--A thriving and open Internet provides the foundation for the fourth industrial revolution. There has been growing concern that the Internet may be in danger of splintering into a series of bordered cyberspace segments endangering its very nature.|
|Asset managers should put the client first|
|January 23, 2016--Paul Smith calls for a professional code of conduct for investment management practitioners|
|Move Over, Bitcoin: China Wants to Issue Its Own Digital Currency|
|After a love-hate relationship with Bitcoin, China has moved on to pursue its own digital currency|
January 22, 2016--China's central bank plans to issue its own digital currency "as soon as possible," according to Xinhua.
|Source has appointed six new country heads as it boosts the service offered to its investors across Europe.|
|January 22, 2016--Source is one of the largest providers of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in Europe and has grown its coverage team to now nearly 30 individuals, representing a third of Source's total employees.|
|Deutsche Bank expects huge EUR 6.7 bn net loss in 2015|
|January 21, 2016--German's largest bank, Deutsche Bank, on Wednesday said it expected an overall loss of 6.7 billion euros ($7.3 billion) for 2015, blamed on litigation costs, write-downs and restructuring charges.|
|International central bank committees release reports on fixed income markets|
|January 21, 2016--The Committee on the Global Financial System (CGFS) and the Markets Committee today released two reports on the structure and liquidity of fixed income markets.|
|Infographic-The Periodic Table of Commodity Returns|
|January 21, 2016--At the beginning of each year, U.S. Global Investors puts out a fantastic visualization called the Periodic Table of Commodity Returns. This year's version has an interactive design that allows users to sort returns by various categories including returns, volatility, and other groupings.|
|ETF Securities Commodity Research: Review of 2015 Commodity ETP Flows|
|January 21, 2015--Bargain hunters drive strong energy ETC inflows defying the oil price slide of 2015
Precious metal ETP outflows cast a shadow in 2015 weighed by the stronger dollar and the indecisiveness of the Fed.
|WEF-Digital Media and Society: Implications in a Hyperconnected Era|
|January 20, 2016--The Digital Media and Society report is a main output of The World Economic Forum's The Shaping the Future implications of Digital Media for Society project.|
|Capital flight from China worse than thought|
|January 20, 2016--Emerging markets saw an estimated $735bn in net capital outflows last year.|
|The Refugee Surge in Europe: Economic Challenges|
|January 20, 2016--Summary: Against the background of political turmoil in the Middle-East, Europe faces an unprecedented surge in asylum applications. In analyzing the economic impact of this inflow, this paper draws from the experience of previous economic migrants and refugees, mindful of the fact that the characteristics of economic migrants can be different from refugees. In the short-run, additional public expenditure will provide a small positive impact on GDP, concentrated in the main destination countries of Germany,|
|New IMF Staff Paper Looks at How to Reap the Benefits and Curtail the Risks of Virtual Currencies|
|January 20, 2016--Virtual currencies (VCs) and especially their underlying technologies are a potentially important advance for the financial sector that could increase efficiency and financial inclusion, but can also serve as vehicles for money laundering, terrorism financing, and tax evasion.|
|ETF Securities Commodity Research: Oil: Impacts of lifting US export ban and Iranian sanctions|
|January 19, 2016--Summary|
A longstanding ban on the export of most crude oil from the US was lifted on December 18th 2015.
On January 16th 2016, sanctions placed on Iranian oil exports were lifted after the International Atomic Energy Agency found the country to be compliant with its nuclear deal.
|S&P publishes MENA Rating Trends 2016|
|January 19, 2016--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said that overall sovereign creditworthiness in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region has deteriorated since Standard & Poor's last published six months ago.|
|World Economic Outlook Update: Subdued Demand, Diminished Prospects|
|December 19, 2016--Global growth, currently estimated at 3.1 percent in 2015, is projected at 3.4 percent in 2016 and 3.6 percent in 2017. The pickup in global activity is projected to be more gradual than in the October 2015 World Economic Outlook (WEO), especially in emerging market and developing economies.|
|Regulators hold all the ETF cards|
|January 18, 2016--The exchange-traded funds industry faces a year of uncertainty with a swathe of regulatory initiatives set to affect the evolution of ETF product development, market structure and distribution globally in 2016|
|62 people own the same as half the world, reveals Oxfam Davos report|
|January 18, 2016--The Oxfam report An Economy for the 1%, shows that the wealth of the poorest half of the world's population has fallen by a trillion dollars since 2010, a drop of 41 percent.|
|World Economic Forum-The Future of Jobs|
|January 18, 2016--The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which includes developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, will cause widespread disruption not only to business models but also to labour markets over the next five years, with enormous change predicted in the skill sets needed to thrive in the new landscape.|
|Vanguard attracts record cash for fourth year running|
|January 17, 2016--Investors have entrusted a record amount of new money to Vanguard, the low-cost asset manager, for a fourth successive year, piling pressure on more expensive fund houses to cut fees.|
|JPMorgan adds 1,240 fund management staff|
|January 17, 2016--US bank pushes further into investment industry.|
|State Street Global Advisors-2016 ETF & Investment Outlook|
|January 17, 2016--Key Points
In 2016, we expect continued low growth, subdued inflation and generally accommodative monetary policy.
Risks are skewed to the downside as fragile markets could quickly turn volatile on a single bad data point or negative news event.
|Infographic-The World's Most Famous Case of Hyperinflation-Part I & PART II|
|January 15, 2016--The Great War ended on the 11th hour of November 11th, 1918, when the signed armistice came into effect.|
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|More Walls, More Warming, Less Water: A World at Risk in 2016|
|January 14, 2016--From the environment to international security and the coming Fourth Industrial Revolution, the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 finds risks on the rise in 2016.|
|Revised framework for market risk capital requirements issued by the Basel Committee|
|January 14, 2016--The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has today issued the revised minimum capital requirements for market risk as agreed by its oversight body-the Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS).|
|World Bank-Harnessing the Internet for Development|
|January 13, 2016--Universal access to the Internet has become a top development priority. Getting there requires affordable, reliable access to fast, "always on" broadband networks, one of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 9.c).|
|Climate change is a threat- and an opportunity- for the private sector|
|January 13, 2016--As world leaders met at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris last month to hammer out a deal that would prevent global warming, one thing became clear: the private sector, with its financial clout and penchant for innovation, must play a leading role in the struggle for a greener future.|
|EU opens debate on China market status|
|January 13, 2016--The EU said it will on Wednesday launch a year of delicate deliberations to decide whether China should be considered a market economy, a long-denied status that would make it harder for Europe to fight off cheap imports.|
|Man and machine merge at BlackRock|
|January 13, 2015--The move, announced by the world's largest asset manager in a statement on January 12, is part of a sweeping reorganisation of its business lines aimed at generating more growth from them.|
|World Bank-Digital Revolution Needs Offline Help to Realize Its Potential|
|January 13, 2016--STORY HIGHLIGHTS|
Digital technologies are spreading across the globe, but 4 billion people still do not have access to the Internet.
|BlackRock to combine active equity capabilities, create real assets group|
|January 12, 2016--BlackRock is to combine its active equity capabilities as part of a significant organisational shake-up, including the creation of a real assets group, that will take effect next month.|
|IMF Working paper-Introducing a New Broad-based Index of Financial Development|
|January 12, 2016--Summary: There is a vast body of literature estimating the impact of financial development on economic growth, inequality, and economic stability.|
|Infographic-How Normal Investors Can Use the Same Strategies as Hedge Funds|
|January 12, 2016--In a Warren Buffett note from 2006, he credits the famous value investor Benjamin Graham as the co-creator of the first-ever hedge fund in the mid-1920s.|
|Source appoints six country heads to spearhead increased presence in Europe|
|January 11, 2016--Source, one of the largest providers of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in Europe, is excited to announce that it is realigning the responsibilities of its coverage team to better service the needs of its investors across Europe.|
|Bowie: The Man Who Sold Royalties and Brought Music to Bonds|
|January 11, 2016--Performer was first to securitize future earnings from songs
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|ETFs/ETPs listed globally have gathered a record 372.0 billion US dollars in net new assets in 2015, according to ETFGI|
|January 11, 2016--The global ETFs/ETPs industry is celebrating gathering a record level of US$372.0 billion in net new assets in 2015 which represents a 10% increase over the prior record of US$338.3 billion of net new assets gathered in 2014.|
|Infographic-The World's Most Valuable Substances by Weight|
|January 11, 2016--In the field of economics, the laws of supply and demand state that the price of a product and its available supply to the market are interconnected. For example, if a good such as crude oil is produced in excess, the price will drop accordingly.|
|As China Dumps Treasuries, World Sees No Better Place for Refuge|
|January 10, 2016--Threat of global turmoil will boost demand for U.S. bonds|
State Street, BlackRock see Treasuries support as China slows
|Few commodity traders saw improved liquidity in 2015-poll|
|Three-quarters say OTC liquidity held steady or fell last year, while 25% saw gains|
January 8, 2016--About three-quarters of traders surveyed in a Risk.net poll say liquidity in over-the-counter commodity derivatives markets held steady or declined over the past 12 months, with only about a quarter saying the liquidity picture had improved.
|The $6 million bet against emerging markets|
|January 8, 2016--On a week filled with China concerns and market turmoil, one trader is making a massive bet that it's going to get a lot worse for emerging markets.|
|Infographic-Global Stock Markets Off to Worst Start in History|
|January 8, 2016--In our review of the economic events of 2015, we noted that the simple turning of a calendar page does not rectify the problems of the previous year.|
|Dow has worst four-day start to a year on record|
|January 7, 2016--The global market freakout of 2016 just got worse.
The latest scare came on Thursday as China's stock market crashed 7% overnight and crude oil plummeted to the lowest level in more than 12 years.
|Infographic-The Average Investor Lost 3.1% in 2015|
|January 7, 2016--Contrarian investors pride themselves in running a different direction than the majority of the pack.|
|WGC-Investment Commentary: 2015 review and 2016 outlook|
|January 7, 2016--Gold was down in 2015 in US dollars but not in all currencies
The gold price fell by more than 11% in 2015 in dollar terms as the US currency strengthened across the board.