Global Commodities Drop to Five Year Low

Commodities slumped to a five-year low led by agriculture items produced by Brazil on speculation a slump in the country’s currency will fuel exports.

The Bloomberg Commodity Index dropped 0.6 percent at 11:03 a.m. in London after falling to the lowest since July 2009. Raw sugar futures fell 2.3 percent and arabica coffee declined 1.4 percent. Brazil is the biggest producer of both commodities.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff’s re-election damped speculation for a change in policies, sending the real down 3.2 percent today, the biggest decline since 2011. The real weakened 33 percent against the dollar since Rousseff took office in January 2011. Declines in the Brazilian currency tend to encourage export sales of products traded in dollars.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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