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Alternative Investment Markets Retrospective February 2013
Alternative Investment Markets Retrospective February 2013
Alternative Investment Markets Retrospective February 2013
Alternative Investment Markets Retrospective February 2013
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Alternative Investment Markets Retrospective February 2013

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The LCM Alternative Investments News Review is a retrospective monthly report compiled for London Commodity Markets to provide a snapshot of the state of the alternative investments markets industry. …

The LCM Alternative Investments News Review is a retrospective monthly report compiled for London Commodity Markets to provide a snapshot of the state of the alternative investments markets industry.
Contents:
 Investors looking to Alternatives for growth opportunities in 2013, survey
 De Beers Forevermark grades $500 million of diamonds in 2012
 Property funds gain appeal with wealthy investors, report says
 £8bn of new investment could revive Britain’s oil and gas industry
 Jack Lifton among speakers at international rare earths conference
 Can US President Obama deliver on clean energy commitments?
 Drought will weigh on 2013 agricultural commodity prices, report
 Economic growth boosts platinum group metals and silver EFTs

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  1. LCM AlternativeInvestments NewsReview February 2013 The LCM Alternative Investments News Review is a retrospective monthly report compiled for London Commodity Markets to provide a snapshot of the state of the alternative investments markets industry.London Commodity MarketsCitibank Tower, 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LQTel: 00 44 (0) 203 514 600 Fax: 00 44 203 514 6001 26/22/2013
  2. Investors looking to Alternatives forgrowth opportunities in 2013, survey ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS - Investors believe U.S. equity markets will continue to perform well in 2013 but a majority are looking to alternative global investments, including metals, currencies and foreign equities, to diversify their portfolios and improve financial performance, concludes EverBank’s new Global Investment Opportunities Retail Investor Survey. EverBank, the retail banking division of EverBank Financial Corp(EVER), polled more than 300 individual investors at The World MoneyShow Orlando betweenJan. 31 and Feb. 1, to identify investment opportunities and sentiments around the globe.Opportunities in the U.S. vs. AbroadMore than half (52 percent) of survey respondents said they are looking outside traditionalU.S. equities for performance in 2013.Of those investors, 21 percent have their eyes on precious metal investment opportunities andanother 21 percent see the greatest opportunity in international equities.Seven percent of survey respondents anticipate currencies will offer the greatest upside thisyear and 3 percent are looking at international fixed income.Further highlighting investors’ increasing focus on opportunities outside the United States,two-thirds of survey respondents said they believe international investment positions havebecome more important in their portfolios than they were five years ago.“Investors today are realizing the importance of a well-diversified portfolio and appreciate thatit’s not as simple as having the right balance between equities and fixed income assets,” saidFrank Trotter, President of EverBank Direct.“Alternative assets like precious metals and currencies are more important than ever asinvestors look for ways to find better yields in a low-interest-rate environment and still-fragileglobal economic environment.Page | 1
  3. We’re seeing increased demand in products that give investors exposure to those diverse assetclasses, but we believe that many investors can do more to diversify.The reality is diversification is not as difficult or complex as many people believe, and we’reseeing a growing awareness of the importance of building investment portfolios that includetraditional U.S. equities, traditional fixed-income assets and a wide range of more non-traditional investment vehicles.”Finding Value in a Low Interest Rate EnvironmentWith record low interest rates holding steady, investors must decide how to manage theirportfolios, according to EverBank. When asked to identify the strategy they would most likelypursue during this low rate environment, investors were fairly divided:  31% of investors said they will pursue new ways to add value to the cash positions in their portfolio.  27% will seek out international investment opportunities.  26% percent will look into real estate opportunities.  Currencies and other alternative investments received 15%of the responses.“Low interest rates are a major cause for concern among investors who are looking for safe,but value-driven options,” Trotter noted.Source: EverBank Financial CorpDe Beers Forevermark grades $500 million of diamonds in 2012 DIAMONDS - The value of diamonds inscribed by De Beers Forevermark amounted to million in , according to Stephen Lussier, the E of Forevermark. Speaking at the opening of the umbai Signature show, Lussier reported that India accounted for 8% of the brands sales during the year, having launched in the country in January 2011.The De Beers brand is planning to increase that to 20% in the next five years.Source: Diamonds.netPage | 2
  4. Property funds gain appeal with wealthy investors, report says REAL ESTATE FUNDS – Affluent investors are expressing a growing interest in private real estate funds as they regain their appetite for risk, according to a recent report from Prequin, an analytics firm specializing in the alternative investment sector. More than half of investors in private real estate funds indicate they will increase their investment in 2013, compared to 36% last year, according to Prequin. The share falls to 45% among investorswith less than $10 billion in assets under management.Source: Millionaire Corner£8bn of new investment could revive Britain’s oil and gas industry OIL & GAS – A new investment boom in Britain’s oil and gas industry could help reverse some of its recent dramatic decline, analysts say. A total of more than £8bn of new investment has been announced by a number of companies over the last six months, creating around 6,000 specific jobs and the potential for more in the supply chain, according to trade body Oil & Gas UK. Source: The EngineerJack Lifton among speakers at international rare earths conference Advisor on rare earths to the White House Jack Lifton will be among the international speakers who will be presenting papers and sharing their views on this hotly debated issue of rare earths when they attend the international seminar on rare earth in Kuantan this week. The seminar will be held at on Feb 28 at University Malaysia Pahang (UMP) in Gambang. Source: New Straits TimesPage | 3
  5. Can US President Obama deliver on clean energy commitments? CLEAN ENERGY – US President Obama is going to take another crack at tackling climate change. Of course, that doesnt mean much is actually going to happen... Sure, the president will continue to offer support for cleaner energy generation, but when it comes to curbing the effects of highly-polluting industries, theres only so much he can actually do when there are few in the House that will bend an inch to support anykind of climate change or pollution mitigation regulations.Source: Energy & CapitalDrought will weigh on 2013 agricultural commodity prices, report The agricultural industry was hit hard by the most severe and extensive drought in at least 25 years in 2012, which had an impact on crops, livestock and food prices at all levels. While prices already started increasing in the fourth quarter of 2012, the majority of the impact on retail food prices will likely be seen throughout 2013, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) analyzing the drought.Source: MSN MoneyEconomic growth boosts platinum group metals and silver EFTs PRECIOUS METALS – Economic growth in the US and China is supportive of platinum group metals and silver ETFs. Although the headline US 4Q GDP number was disappointing, there was considerable strength in consumption and business investment growth, while most of the drag came from a temporary slowing in government spending and net exports.Source: ETF TrendsPage | 4
  6. About London Commodity MarketsWith over a century of combined experience in the rare earth elements and alternative investments market, our team atLondon Commodity Markets have a proven track history of delivering excellent consultation as well as an unrivalled service toall our clients.As a result of this unrivalled standard of service, quality advice and ethical approach to the marketplace, London CommodityMarkets have become the globe’s fastest growing rare earth elements and alternative investments company.http://londoncommoditymarkets.com/HEAD OFFICECitibank Tower, 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LQTel: 00 44 (0) 203 514 6000 / Fax: 00 44 (0) 203 514 6001Email: info@londoncommoditymarkets.comHome Counties OfficeSuite 1A, Park Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1SLT: 00 44 (0) 203 393 3176Disclaimer:This document is issued by London Commodity Markets for the sole purpose of assisting the recipient in deciding whether to proceed with further analysis of this potentialproject and opportunity. The information in this document is general and informational only and is not intended to constitute professional or investment advice, or to beconstrued as an offer or solicitation for the subscription or purchase or sale of any securities, or as an invitation, inducement or intermediation for the sale, subscription orpurchase of securities. This document does not take into account the recipient’s particular investment objectives or financial situation. Before making any investmentdecision, the recipient should conduct its own investigation and analysis of the project, as well as any data, pricing and projections described herein. London CommodityMarkets does not give any warranty or representation as to the reliability or accuracy of the information contained herein, nor does it guarantee that the stated pricing andprojections will be available to the recipient.London Commodity Markets are neither registered nor regulated by the FSA, and are not authorised to carry out regulated activities. All markets relating to Rare EarthElements, Oxides and Metals are not regulated by the FSA, and as such anyone investing in these markets would not have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) orFinancial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).The information contained herein is for information purposes only, and is not intended for trading purposes or deemed to be investment advice or constitute a service.London Commodity Markets, directors or any of its staff, agents, creators and administrators of londoncommoditymarkets.com website shall not be liable for any errors ordelays in the content of these pages, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. As with any Investment there is a risk of losing money. Rare Earth Products are alternativeinvestments and such should be regarded as high risk.LONDON COMMODITY MARKETS IS NOT REGULATED BY THE FSA OR SEC.Page | 5

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