SWFs appear to take large stock in U.S. commodities

08/12/2008 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Sovereign-wealth funds have become among the heaviest speculators in important U.S. commodities such as oil, corn and cotton, congressional investigators and some Wall Street traders said. Some lawmakers implied that SWF activity played a part in the recent fluctuation of oil prices. In June, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said the funds were not a prominent factor in commodity trading.

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