Trading in exchange traded productions known as exchange traded commodities (ETCs) was halted on Tuesday after market makers stopped offering prices in commodity securities backed by matching contracts from American International Group (AIG).
In a statement on their website, ETF Securities says that it is in discussions with market makers and the exchanges to find out when trading can resume. ETF Securities also remains in open dialogue with AIG to ensure a return to orderly and liquid markets.
ETF Securities commodity-based proudcts use financial instruments provided by AIG to track commodity prices, says Gregor Watt for Money Marketing. The ETC provider said AIG was continuing to honor its agreement, and was processing creations and redemptions.
ETF Securities’ agreements with AIG allow the issuer to call for collateral, but only once the credit rating of AIG falls below BBB+ from Standard & Poor’s and Baa1 from Moody’s. Currently, AIG’s long-term credit rating with S&P is A-, while Moody’s has cut it to Aa3.
The downgrades mean that AIG’s trading partners can require the insurer to post an additional $14.5 billion of collateral, reports David Brough for Reuters.
ETF Securities’ products fall into three major brackets, says Matt Hougan for Index Universe. Credit risk from one group doesn’t bleed over into the others. Their precious metal and oil funds are not affected by this.