Commodity Hedge Funds Lose Most in Three Years as Rout Deepens

(Bloomberg) by Agnieszka De Sousa – Hedge funds betting on commodities lost the most in almost three years in July as the price-rout deepened. Funds lost money for a third month, according to the Newedge Commodity Trading Index, which was released to investors Friday and tracks the performance of raw-material trading strategies including equities and physical products. The 1.3 percent decline was the most since October 2012 and the index is down 2.4 percent this year. A slide in everything from oil to metals pushed commodity prices down the most since 2011 in July. Managers are losing money and commodity funds at Cargill Inc. to Armajaro Asset Management LLP closed this year as China’s slowing economy adds to the global glut in most raw materials. Glencore Plc shares are at a record low, and oil and copper prices dropped to the lowest in six years. “The path has been far from smooth,” said Kurt Billick, the founder and chief investment officer of Bocage Capital LLC in San Francisco, which manages about $560 million in commodities equities and futures. “In a bear market, it’s much more challenging to hold on to your position long enough for that profit to be realized. Even if … continue reading

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