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Investors are knocking on wood

January 11, 2010

Institutional investors are investing in timberland, trying to fill new inflation-hedging allocations. A number of them — including the Florida State Board of Administration and Kansas Public Employees Retirement System — have launched searches...

NY investment firm gaga for green acres

December 29, 2009

New York-based Optima Fund Management, a $6 billion fund of hedge funds, thinks farming is a growing business. Chief Executive Dixon Boardman announced Monday that Optima has already raised $100 million for a new fund called American Farmland...

Bill would pave the way for mutual funds to invest in commodities

December 17, 2009

Mutual funds could invest directly in commodities under legislation introduced Wednesday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass. The Regulated...

Commodities funds seen overcoming speculation concerns

December 2, 2009

Exchange-traded commodities funds will continue to prosper despite regulators’ concerns that they may have helped fuel the run-up in oil prices last year. That’s the view of a panelist speaking at the ETFInsights virtual conference held...

Dollar down, stock futures up

November 23, 2009

Stock futures are pointing to a higher opening Monday as investors try to snap a three-day losing streak. A weakening dollar is expected to help stocks, which have been trading in the opposite direction of the currency in recent months. As the...

Gold keeps on surging, hits new high of $1,118

November 11, 2009

The price of gold surged to a fresh high Wednesday as the dollar fell to a 15-month low. Gold futures for December delivery jumped to as high as $1,119.10 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange in morning trading, then slipped back to...

There's gold in them thar commodities

November 1, 2009

The secular bull market in commodities, which took a breather during the stock market downturn last year, is back on track and poised for an extended rally, according to money managers and market watchers. “The real move in commodities hasn't...

Global oil demand seen rising amid recovery

October 9, 2009

Faster economic growth next year, particularly in the developing world, will drive oil demand higher than previously expected, the International Energy Agency said Friday. The Paris-based IEA, which advises oil-consuming countries, said crude...

Why energy is the way to play

September 28, 2009

Energy continues to be the theme for Jerry Jordan, manager of the $110 million Jordan Opportunity Fund (JORDX). The top-down strategy, which has been playing the energy sector to varying degrees for most of the past decade, is currently focused...

Go for the gold, or get out of the way?

September 13, 2009

With gold hovering around the psychologically significant $1,000-an-ounce mark and silver making its own impressive ascent this year, the theories naturally abound about whether now is the time to get in or out of precious metals. Gold has long...

Meltdown 101: Why does $1,000/ounce gold matter?

September 9, 2009

Gold prices rose above $1,000 an ounce Tuesday for the first time in seven months, mostly because of a weak dollar that's driving people to other investments they perceive as safe. How is the increase in price — which has accelerated in recent...

Energy and grain futures traders look to the skies — and the Farmers Almanac — for market clues

September 2, 2009

Advisers and investors may snap up The Old Farmers Almanac, which hit the newsstands yesterday, not only for the weather forecasts but to see which way the wind is blowing when it comes to futures. Predictions of a bitterly cold winter for much...

Managed futures take a step back

August 16, 2009

After gaining an average of 13.9% last year, managed-futures funds have come back down to earth this year as their managers sit with cash and look for signs of a discernable market trend. Also known as commodity trading advisers, the managers...

Commodities prices resume their upswing

August 16, 2009

A decade-long rise in commodities prices — the so-called supercycle — is about to resume, market bulls say, driven by rising industrial demand, a weaker dollar and production constraints. If recent performance is any indication, the upturn...

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