NETHERLANDS – Metalekro, the 14 billion-euro pension fund for the Dutch metals industry, is to allocate 700 million euros, or five percent of its assets, to commodities.

The fund, also known as PME, said: “PME believes the risk return profile of the fund will improve due to the diversification benefits of commodities and the extra return benefits of backwardation.”

Backwardation is the theory that futures prices will tend to rise over the life of a contract. The allocation will be benchmarked against the GSCI index. PME is looking to invest a minimum of 50% passively and a maximum of 50% actively.

For the active implementation managers will be considered with an active strategy relating to the trading of commodities, a transparent investment process, a minimum track record of three years and minimum assets under management of 250 million euros.

For the passive implementation overlay strategies utilising futures or swaps that track the GSCI with a low tracking error will be considered.

PME added that it intends to select a cash manager to manage the cash backing the commodities allocation. PME will consider both passive and active management up to a yearly tracking error of 0.50% benchmarked against three month Euribor.

“The allocation will be implemented in 2004 dependent on the market environment.”

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In September the fund said it allocated more than 10% of its portfolio to high-yielding fixed income in a bid to improve returns in a move involving 1.38 billion euros across six mandates. The fund reported a third-quarter return of 2.4%.