Jefferies has launched two new exchange traded funds (ETFs) based on agriculture and industrial metals indexes.

The latest funds from Jefferies are based upon the Thompson Reuters/Jefferies CRB-EQ series of indexes. The equity-based funds track the industrial metals and agriculture indexes, explains Ron Rowland for Seeking Alpha.

The ETFs are:

  • Jefferies/TR/J  CRB Global Agriculture Index (NYSEArca: CRBA)
  • Jefferies/TR/J  CRB Global Industrial Metals Equity Index Fund (NYSEArca: CRBI)

CRBA holds equity securities from global universe of listed companies engaged in the production and distribution of agricultural products, including grains, livestock, fertilizers, chemicals, seeds, traits (seed characteristics attained through genetic modification) and equipment. (Another Jefferies Commmodity ETF launched earlier this month).

CRBI offers investors access to shares of companies across the globe engaged in the production and distribution of base/industrial metals and base/industrial metal products, including copper, aluminum, iron ore, steel, nickel and others. (Where copper and steel prices are going).

Both funds come with a 0.65% expense ratio.

These funds will not be affected by regulations expected from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), because they hold equities and not futures. (How regulations could change commodity ETFs).

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