Commodities Outperform Equities by 40% in 2008 First Half

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Among the commodities and baskets of commodities to which ETF Securities provides exposure, ETFS Natural Gas was the best performer in the first half...

ETF Securities Ltd., the company that pioneered the development of Exchange Traded Commodities and which created the world's first entire ETC platform (listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2006) has released a study showing that commodities outperformed equities by 40% in the first half of this year. The group says that ETFS All Commodities DJ-AIGCISM for all commodities gained 15.6% in the second quarter of 2008 and were up by 226.8% in the first half of the year, while 16 ETC's gained more than 50% in the first half.

Equities and real estate were the worst performing asset classes for the second quarter in succession, with the S+P 500 index dropping by 11.9% in the first half of the year, the DJ EuroStoxx50 down by 15.6% and the FTSE100 losing 10.5%. Combining these figures gives an outperformance by the commodities of some 40% over the first half. Among the commodities and baskets of commodities to which ETF Securities provides exposure, ETFS Natural Gas was the best performer in the first half, while the poorest performances came from ETFS Lean Hogs, ETFS live Cattle, ETFS Sugar, ETFS wheat, ETFS Zinc and ETFS nickel in the negative column.

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