S&P to launch commodity sub-indexes amid US regulation fears

Ratings agency and financial research firm Standard & Poor’s (S&P) is to roll out two commodity-related sub-indexes that focus only on European and Asian contracts in response to fears the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will make further changes to existing regulations this year.


Michael McGlone, senior director of commodities at S&P estimates investment in commodity indexes could reach $60 billion this year, but fears over restrictive US regulation could put people off investing in US contracts.

"Over the past year we have seen a large migration to commodity index investment, and in 2010 inflows could reach an estimated $60 billion," says McGlone. "However, the fear CFTC regulation changes could be more restrictive has made people more cautious about entering the

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