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Jim Wiederhold

Associate Director, Commodities and Real Assets, S&P Dow Jones Indices

Jim Wiederhold is Associate Director of Commodities and Real Assets at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). He is responsible for the product management of the commodities and real assets indices, including the S&P GSCI, Dow Jones Commodity Index (DJCI), and S&P Real Assets Indices. These indices are designed to be leading measures of the commodities market and composite real assets.
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Aug 2, 2021

Commodities Rise with Inflation in July

The S&P GSCI rose for a fourth consecutive month, by 1.6% in July, as the main positive catalysts of 2021 remained in play. Many individual commodities constrained by supply chain bottlenecks and disruptions continued to be in deficit around the world. Half of the U.S. experienced drought conditions last month, compared to 25% this time…

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Jun 10, 2021

Getting Dynamic with Commodities – Part 2

In part 1 of this two-part blog series, we discussed the characteristics of the S&P GSCI Dynamic Roll and the two main concerns this index attempts to alleviate, which are negative roll yield and volatility in commodities futures. Diving a bit deeper, we explore the recent performance of a diversified hypothetical portfolio when the S&P…

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Jun 9, 2021

Getting Dynamic with Commodities – Part 1

Launched just over 10 years ago, the S&P GSCI Dynamic Roll was the first dynamically rolling commodity futures index to be offered by a major index provider. What does it mean to dynamically roll? Exhibit 1 describes the process in detail. Employing a flexible monthly futures contract rolling strategy, the S&P GSCI Dynamic Roll is…

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May 3, 2021

Commodities Burst Higher in April

Several commodities made new all-time highs, as the global economy reflated, consumer confidence hit pre-pandemic highs, and housing prices in the U.S. jumped the most in 15 years. The S&P GSCI continued to perform well, rising 8.2% for the month to start the second quarter, following a strong 13.5% in the first quarter. Most commodities…

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Apr 26, 2021

Expanding the Non-USD Denominated S&P GSCI Single Commodity Index Series

Concerns of a rising U.S. dollar may pose a hindrance to initiating commodity exposure from outside the U.S. Most commodities around the world are priced in U.S. dollars, so when the value of the U.S. dollar rises, the value of commodities typically falls. The launch of new non-U.S.-dollar-denominated S&P GSCI Single Commodities Indices could help…

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Apr 20, 2021

One Year after the Rapid Reset

What a difference a year makes. April 21, 2021, marks the one-year anniversary of the S&P GSCI’s low. Since then, we have entered a different economic, social, and geopolitical environment, and the S&P GSCI was up 60% as of April 19, 2021. On March 26, 2020, three days after the low in the S&P 500®,…

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Mar 30, 2021

Concerned about Inflation? Here’s a Tip

The newly launched S&P GSCI (U.S. 10-Year TIPS) TR was designed with inflation protection in mind. This index takes the renowned broad commodity market benchmark, the S&P GSCI, and aims to add boosted return potential from an exposure to on-the-run U.S. 10-Year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS). Normally, the S&P GSCI TR includes the collateral yield…

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Mar 1, 2021

Copper Crashes the Energy Party in February

An inflationary tide lifted almost all commodity boats in February 2021. Most constituents of the S&P GSCI rose while gold, the commodity that market participants often look to for inflation protection, lagged. The S&P GSCI rose 10.6% overall in February, with copper and energy doing most of the heavy lifting. After a strong January, the…

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Jan 21, 2021

Bitcoin’s Rise Reminiscent of U.S. Gold Rush

The recent enthusiasm for Bitcoin is reminiscent of the Gold Rush in the western U.S. from 1848-1860. With fits and starts, U.S. enthusiasm for gold exploded over this time period. Gold was the most popular safe haven and store of value in the 19th century. Viewed as one of the least volatile commodities, gold prices…

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Jan 6, 2021

Reflecting on the Inflection Points of 2020

Last year might end up being known as the year of countless inflection points. Narratives that were playing out over months and years were accelerated or reversed with volatility not seen since World War II. Among commodities, there were new all-time highs hit in gold and new all-time lows that reached into negative territory for…

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