TR/J CRB INDEX

Overview: The CRB Index, founded by Commodity Research Bureau in 1957, is the most widely followed Index of commodities futures which measures the overall direction of commodity sectors and the index is calculated by Thomson Reuters/Jefferies (TR/J CRB). The name of the index changed to the Reuters CRB Index in 2001. Since 1961, The CRB Futures Price Index has been adjusted on a regular basis in order to maintain its relevance. The Index has had 10 adjustments with the last being in 2005. Over the years, commodities have been replaced by more liquid and significant contracts. The last (10th) revision set up monthly rebalancing and rollover schedules. Currently “RJ/CRB” Index takes into account the prices of 19 commodity futures contracts. ICE Futures U.S. is the exclusive marketplace for futures and options contracts on the Reuters Jefferies/CRB Index.

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Weighting Factors: A four tiered approach These 19 commodities are weighted on a 4- tiered grouping system designed to reflect the significance of each commodity.

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Group I Petroleum product : Group I includes only petroleum products –W.T. I . c r u d e o i l ,h e a t i n g o i l a n d unleaded gasol ine which are the most liquid, widely followed and economically significant commodities futures contracts traded globally and historically have contributed meaningful return

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Group II Highly Liquid Commodities:Group II in the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index consists of seven highly liquid commodities.

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Group III Liquid Commodities: This group of four commodities is also highly significant and liquid but slightly lower level than those in Group II. These commodities help further the goals of diversification, broad representation and liquidity of the Index.

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Group IV Diversifying Commodities: This final group of five commodities provides meaningful diversification to the Index, bolstering the exposure to the Softs, Grains, Industrial Metals, Meats and Precious Metals markets.

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Rollover & Rebalancing Methodology: To maximize liquidity and simplicity, the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index uses a four day rollover schedule for each commodity beginning on the first business day of the month and ending on the fourth business day.

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The Reuters CRB Index is continuously rebalanced through geometric averaging, .The Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index employs arithmetic averaging with monthly rebalancing.

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Monthly rebalancing helps maintain the stability and consistency of Index weightings.

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Importance

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?The CRB Index can be used as a leading indicator of inflation which causes commodities to increase in price. Therefore, an increase in the futures prices of a group of commodities indicates a potential increase in the general price level of an economy.

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?The CRB index is good indication of market sentiment because it is monitored and updated by market participants throughout the day.

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?The CRB Index can be used as an investment tool. Investors can invest in a commodity index such as the CRB index directly which would provide them exposure to a basket of commodities.

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?The CRB Index trades on theNewYork Board ofTrade at a contract size ofUSD500.

?Generally commodity prices move opposite to bond prices. This is because inflation causes commodities to increase in price while devaluating the price of bonds. This is one of the reasons that the CRB is so closely watched by both bond and commodity traders.

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