Posts Tagged ‘Silver’

Gold May Pan Out, Silver Doubtful

June 28, 2011

Chidem Kurdas

There probably was a mini bubble in silver, by far the highest returning commodity of the past year. A bubble has been suspected in gold, too.  George Soros’s funds reduced gold exposure—as we at HedgeFundSmarts were the first to report, back in March.  But many hedge funds continue to hold precious metals companies or ETFs.

Larry Kantor, managing director and head of research at Barclays Capital, makes a key point about these markets. There is so much sentiment involved in precious metals that prices can’t be understood in terms of supply and demand, he says. Recently the price of gold went up apparently because of the metal’s role as safe haven  amid  Middle Eastern political turmoil and the European debt crisis.

Gold will struggle to go higher, according to Francisco Blanch, head of global commodities at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research. (more…)

Commodity ETFs Used for Shorts

May 2, 2011

Chidem Kurdas

Exchange–traded fund shares are increasingly used for short selling, in particular in commodity trades. This is in part due to the wider array of commodity ETFs, as well as the availability of their shares for borrowing and short selling.    (more…)