GEAM Releases Commodities Offering

May 3, 2010 ( – GE Asset Management (GEAM) has launched its first commodities product for institutional investors.

A GEAM news release said the GE Active Commodities strategy is an actively managed portfolio currently utilized as an investment allocation within the GE U.S. Pension Trust. The strategy is characterized by a fundamental, bottom-up approach. 

Benchmarked against the Dow Jones UBS Total Return Commodity Index, the strategy incorporates fully collateralized long and short futures positions in the underlying commodities and seeks to achieve outperformance through broad and diversified commodity exposure.  The product is differentiated by original and on-the-ground global field research, incorporating investment insights gained through GE Company’s global network of businesses.

“For many reasons, interest in commodities exposure continues to grow among institutional investors,” said Maureen Mitchell, GEAM’s President of Institutional Sales & Marketing, in the news release.

The management team for the GE Active Commodities strategy is made up of portfolio managers Nick Koutsoftas and Ben Ross, as well as analyst Geoff Fila, the company said.