Exchange-traded commodity investments dominate structured products

Issuance for structured products, by contrast, was at around $1.5 billion for Q1, which continued to be hit hard by contango curves in commodity markets, says Barcap. Contango curves occur when the future price of a commodity is higher than the spot price, which eats into returns as it costs investors an increasing amount to continually replace futures contract and maintain exposure, which is known as negative roll yield.

Commodity indexes also attracted $3 billion of inflows, but AUM fell $2

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