Banks launch new commodity indexes

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A number of next-generation commodity indexes have been launched in recent months, as dealers look to tap into strong investor interest for rules-based commodity investments. BNP Paribas and JP Morgan both launched new indexes in November that look to take exposure along the entire futures curve rather than being constrained to the front-month contract.

The two indexes join competing products from Lehman Brothers and UBS, which launched similar indexes last year. By being able to hold futures wi

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