Gold futures fell, capping the longest slump in 16 months, as U.S. filings showed that George Soros and BlackRock Inc. cut stakes in exchange-traded products backed by the metal, signaling waning investment demand.
Billionaire investor George Soros joined Northern Trust Corp. and BlackRock Inc. in cutting holdings of exchange-traded products backed by gold before a bear market in prices last month, while John Paulson maintained a stake that lost about $165 million in the first quarter.
Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Bill Gross said the end of the 30-year rally in U.S. bonds is unlikely to be reminiscent of the drop in 1994, when the Federal Reserve raised interest rates more than forecast.
More than 11 percent of investments under U.S. professional management were selected for companies’ financial performance and their social and environmental responsibility in 2012. That’s $3.74 trillion of the $33.3 trillion in investments scanned for environmental, social and governance criteria (known as ESG), according to a November report by the U.S. SIF Foundation.