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Emerging commodity markets : Current status and utilization

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  • Emerging commodity markets
  • Park, Hwan-Il
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Title Emerging commodity markets
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Current status and utilization

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Park, Hwan-Il

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[Seoul]:Samsung Economic Research Institute

Date 2011-06
Series Title; No Issue Report / 6-9
Pages 17
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Trade
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Abstract

The continued uptrend in the prices of crude oil, gold, corn, raw cotton, etc. has rekindled interest in commodities as an investment asset. Spot and future prices of commodities have been on the rise since the first half of 2010, either breaking new records or coming close. The
Commodity Research Bureau (CRB) spot price index posted 580.32 on April 11, the highest since the index began in 1940 (average CRB was 577.25 in April). As rising commodity prices and inflation hedging investment in commodities gain more attention, demand for commodities is growing accordingly. A total of 646 Korean funds are dedicated to commodities, 23% of the total funds. The total value of the commodity funds amounts to 5.2 trillion won (12% of the entire funds) and these funds have seen a net inflow of investment for four consecutive months since January of this year. (The rest omitted)