Looking ahead, a number of factors may continue to support the commodity outlook. Morris argued that the market is still emerging from a historic commodity bear market but sentiment strengthening. There is steady synchronized global growth and U.S. dollar weakness lending support to commodities. Additionally, fundamental factors like resilient global demand, supply reductions and companies exhibiting stronger balance sheets and cash flow should help support commodity prices.
To best capitalize on the real asset opportunity, VanEck has come out with the new VanEck Vectors Real Asset Allocation ETF (NYSE Arca: RAAX). The fund starts off exposure to commodities and companies involved in natural resources, real estate, MLPs and infrastructure. The managers then screens for indicators based on technical, commodity prices, investor sentiment and macroeconomic or fundamentals.
“RAAX uses a data-driven, rules-based process leveraging approximately 60 technical, macroeconomic/fundamental, commodity price, and sentiment indicators to allocate among 12 real assets segments. RAAX repositions its portfolio monthly using this repeatable process,” David Schassler, Portfolio Manager of Managed Allocation Strategy for VanEck, said.
The portfolio is currently bearish on sub-sectors like coal equity, global metals & mining, global infrastructure and REITs. On the other hand, the ETF is currently overweight diversified commodities at 30%, gold bullion 20%, agribusiness equity 20%, gold equity 10%, steel equity 5%, MLPs 5%, oil services equity 5% and unconventional oil & gas equity 5%.
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