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NEWS TICKER: Friday, February 5th: According to Reuters, Venezuela's central bank has begun negotiations with Deutsche Bank AG to carry out gold swaps to improve the liquidity of its foreign reserves as it faces debt payments of some $9.5bn this year. Around 64% of Venezuela's $15.4bn reserves are held in gold bars, which in this fluid market impedes the central bank's ability to mobilise hard currency for imports or debt service. We called the central bank to confirm the story, but press spokesmen would not comment - The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) says official foreign currency reserves stood at $357bn (equivalent to seven times the currency in circulation or 48% of Hong Kong M3) as at the end of January, down compared with reserve assets of $358.8bn in December. There were no unsettled foreign exchange contracts at month end (end-December: $0.1bn) - BNP Paribas today set out plans to cut investment banking costs by 12% by 2019 to bolster profitability and reassure investors about the quality of its capital buffers. The bank is the latest in a line of leading financial institutions, including Credit Suisse, Barclays and Deutsche Bank which look to be moving away from capital intensive activities. BNP Paribas has been selling non-core assets and cutting back on operations including oil and gas financing for the last few years as it looks to achieve a target of 10% return on equity. Last year the bank announced a €900m write-down on its BNL unit in Italy, which pushed down Q4 net income down 51.7% to €665m - Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)-listed tech company, Huge Group, will move its listing from the Alternative Exchange (AltX) to the JSE main board on March 1st - Moody's says it has assigned Aaa backed senior unsecured local-currency ratings to a drawdown under export credit provider Oesterreichische Kontrollbank's (OKB) (P)Aaa-rated backed senior unsecured MTN program. The outlook is negative in line with the negative outlook assigned to the Aaa ratings of the Republic of Austria, which guarantees OKB’s liabilities under the Austrian Export Financing Guarantees Act – As the first phase of talks between Greece and its creditors draws to an end, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde stressed to journalists in Greece that debt relief is as important as the reforms that creditors are demanding, notably of the pension system. "I have always said that the Greek program has to walk on two legs: one is significant reforms and one is debt relief. If the pension [system] cannot be as significantly and substantially reformed as needed, we could need more debt relief on the other side." Greece's pension system must become sustainable irrespective of any debt relief that creditors may decide to provide, Lagarde said, adding that 10% of gross domestic product into financing the pension system, compared to an average of 2.5% in the EU, is not sustainable. She called for "short-term measures that will make it sustainable in the long term,” but did not outline what those measures might be. According to Eurobank in Athens, IMF mission heads reportedly met this morning with the Minister of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity, Georgios Katrougalos, before the team is scheduled to leave Athens today. According to the local press, it appears that differences exist between the Greek government and official creditors on the planned overhaul of the social security pension system. Provided that things go as planned, the heads are reportedly expected to return by mid-February with a view to completing the review by month end, or at worst early March. In its Winter 2016 Economic Forecast published yesterday, the European Commission revised higher Greece’s GDP growth forecast for 2015 and 2016 to 0.0% and -0.7%, respectively, from -1.4% and 1.-3% previously - Fitch says that The Bank of Italy's (BoI) recent designation of three banks as 'other systemically important institutions' (O-SIIs) has no impact on its ratings of the relevant mortgage covered bond (Obbligazioni Bancarie Garantite or OBG) programmes. Last month, BoI identified UniCredit, Intesa Sanpaolo. and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena as Italian O-SIIs. Banco Popolare and Mediobanca have not been designated O-SIIs. This status is the equivalent of domestic systemically important bank status under EU legislation. Fitch rates two OBG programmes issued by UC and one issued by BMPS, which incorporates a one-notch Issuer Default Rating (IDR) uplift above the banks' IDRs. The uplift can be assigned if covered bonds are exempt from bail-in, as is the case with OBG programmes under Italy's resolution regime and in this instance takes account of the issuers' importance in the Italian banking sector – Meantime, according to local press reports, Italian hotel group Bauer and special opportunity fund Blue Skye Investment Group report they have completed the rescheduling and refinancing of Bauer’s €110m debt through the issue of new bonds and the sale of non-core assets, such as the farming business Aziende Agricole Bennati, whose sale has already been agreed, the Palladio Hotel & Spa and a luxury residence Villa F in Venice’s Giudecca island – Meantime, Russian coal and steel producer Mechel has also agreed a restructuring of its debt with credits after two intense years of talks. The mining company, is controlled by businessman Igor Zyuzin - Asian markets had a mixed day, coming under pressure. Dollar strengthening worries investors in Asia; from today’s trading it looks like dollar weakening does as well. Actually, that’s not the issue, the dollar has appreciated steadily over the last year as buyers anticipated Fed tightening; but it has hurt US exports and that has contributed to investor nervousness over the past few weeks, which is why everyone is hanging on today’s The nonfarm payrolls report, a bellwether of change – good or bad in the American economic outlook. Back to Asia. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 16819.15, down 225.40 points, or 1.32%; and as the stock market fell the yen continued to strengthen. The Nikkei has shed 5.85% this week. The dollar-yen pair fell to the 116-handle, at 116.82 in afternoon trade; earlier this week, the pair was trading above 120. It is a hard lesson for the central bank, whose efforts to take the heat out of the yen by introducing negative interest rates has done nothing of the sort. Australia's ASX 200 closed down 4.15 points, or 0.08% after something of a mixed week. The index closed at 4976.20, with the financial sector taking most of the heat today, with the sector down 0.7%. In contrast, energy and materials sectors finished in positive territory, buoyed by gains in commodities. The Hang Seng Index closed at 19288.17, up 105.08 points (or 0.55%) while the Shanghai Composite was down 0.61%. down 17.07 points to 2763.95. The Shenzhen composite dropped 20.36 points (1.15%) to 1750.70, while the Kospi rose marginally by 0.08% to 1917.79. Today is the last day of trading on the Chinese exchanges for a week.

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L&G Investment Management and Source offer a new index for commodity investment

Monday, 09 January 2012
L&G Investment Management and Source offer a new index for commodity investment Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) and Source have launched the LGIM Commodity Composite Source ETF. The fund, which tracks the LGIM Commodity Composite Index, is designed to offer diversified exposure to commodities in a UCITS-compliant exchange traded fund (ETF).  http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) and Source have launched the LGIM Commodity Composite Source ETF. The fund, which tracks the LGIM Commodity Composite Index, is designed to offer diversified exposure to commodities in a UCITS-compliant exchange traded fund (ETF). 

The LGIM Commodity Composite Index aims to be a new kind of benchmark for broad-based commodity exposure, says L&G. Using LGIM’s experience as an index manager (LGIM manages £347bn in assets) and both a quantitative and qualitative screening process, it offers exposure to a selection of what it terms ‘best of breed’ commodity indices. Graeme Dewar, head of strategy implementation at LGIM, explains that the firm is “seeing increasing demand from pension clients looking for access to this asset class.  Their primary requirements are for an efficient, dynamic product with diversification of counterparty risk.  Our solution has been to develop an innovative type of benchmark index that includes a minimum of three constituent sub-indices.  These sub-indices are selected using LGIM’s experience and core skill set to deliver a high quality, dynamic commodity composite index.”

The index at launch comprises four sub-indices and will be reviewed at least annually to ensure that it captures developments in commodity indexation.



Investors wishing to gain exposure to the LGIM Commodity Composite Index can do so via the LGIM Commodity Composite Source ETF. Source’s ETF structure combines physical investment in US Treasury bills with a swap overlay to provide more consistent index tracking. To diversify both counterparty risk and the composition of the index, the index references a number sub-indices and the fund will use multiple swap counterparties.  Source says it has mandated four swap counterparties for this product: Barclays Capital, Citigroup, JP Morgan, and UBS.

The LGIM Commodity Composite Source ETF will complement Source’s existing range of exchange traded commodities. Source chief executive Ted Hood explains: “Single-commodity ETCs are useful for investors who want to build a tailored portfolio. But, like LGIM, we see the need for a well-constructed commodity index, providing diversified exposure, at a reasonable cost and in a UCITS-compliant fund.  We are delighted to be partnering with LGIM, one of the world’s leading index managers, to create an ETF that tracks this groundbreaking index”.

The LGIM Commodity Composite Source ETF is listed on the London Stock Exchange and trades in GBP and USD. It is registered for sale in the UK and Ireland and is in the process of being passported to Austria, France, Germany, Finland, Italy (for institutional investors only), Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

INDEX COMPOSITION

The indices included in the initial composition of the LGIM Commodity Composite Index are as follows:

 

Index name

Bloomberg Code

Barclays Capital Commodity Index Pure Beta TR

BCC1C1PT Index

Citi CUBES Index Total Return

CCUBDJTR Index

JPMCCI Ex-Front Month Energy Light Index (Total Return)

JMCXXELT Index

UBS Bloomberg Constant Maturity Commodity Index

CMCITR Index

PRODUCT SUMMARY

Product Name

LGIM Commodity Composite Source ETF

ISIN

 IE00B4TXPP71

Base currency

USD

Trading currency

GBP / USD

Management Fee

0.40% per annum

Average Swap Fee

0.45% per annum

Listing

London Stock Exchange

Benchmark

LGIM Commodity Composite Index

Benchmark Bloomberg Ticker

TGPLGCC <Index>

UCITS eligible

Yes

Domicile

Ireland

 

 

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