Total assets under management in commodity-tracking indices and exchange-traded products (ETPs) have stalled over the last nine months, as roll losses swallow up fresh money inflows.
There has been little change in total money committed to index-like investments or its distribution between long and short positions, according to the latest quarterly figures released by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) yesterday, which show positions as of 30 June 2010.
The data is based on a special call sent to all known index operators and firms offering futures and options-based exchange-traded products. It is the most comprehensive measure of total funds under management in the passive sector, but excludes physically backed ETPs such as the popular SPDR Gold Trust .
Investors had a total of almost $264 billion in commodity indices and ETPs at the end of Q2 2010, down from the $271 billion at the end of Q1, but little changed from the $263 billion reported at the end of 2009.
Investments were split in a ratio of 4.11:1 with $212 billion worth of long futures and options positions and $52 billion worth of shorts. The ratio was slightly more bullish than at end-March (3.95:1) but essentially identical to the ratio reported at the end of 2009 (4.12:1).