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US commodity ETFs haemorrhage cash as investors bail at record pace

Hedge funds expect more losses, betting on price declines for gold, copper, corn and natural gas

Published Mon, Dec 28, 2015 · 09:50 PM
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INVESTORS can't seem to get away from non-energy commodities fast enough.

A record US$857 million was pulled this year from US exchange-traded funds (ETFs) backed by broad baskets of everything from grains to metals, according to data compiled by Bloomberg through Dec 23. The value of the funds plunged 26 per cent as raw materials tumbled to a 16-year low. Hedge funds are expecting more losses, betting on price declines for gold, copper, corn and natural gas.

While energy-linked funds were the only commodity group to see net inflows this year, oil and gas didn't escape an almost across-the-board decline in prices. Sentiment has turned negative after a decade-long bull market t…

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