Institutional investors to favour more active, smart beta approach to commodities

Commodities trail
Institutional investors want more active strategies

Market-neutral, long-short types of alpha strategies on commodities proved good performers last year as uncertainty and high volatility plagued the market. A better start to the year driven by greater clarity over the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, and hopes for a soft landing in China, in particular, are leading commodity investors to consider investing back into the beta of the market with an increased focus on risk-control techniques.

"Given that most commodities were in contango last year,

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