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Commodity ETFs

Markets are sitting near all-time highs, and despite all of the bumps along the road, it seems that the bull run has yet to be disbanded. While this has been great for those who have been invested for some time, it makes it difficult for those who wish to put their money somewhere, as it is hard to justify buying in with stocks at such highs. Below, we outline three contrarian ETF plays for investors looking to find a beat-down fund or asset class. Note that these are risky investments and should never be a major holding in a portfolio, but rather a small part of an already diversified strategy [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free ETF Daily Roundup]. [click to continue…]

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The ETF world continues to grow at a healthy pace, as new products are continually hitting the market giving investors more options than ever before. In such a fast-moving industry it can be tough to keep up with all of the funds available on the market.  In an effort to shed more light on some of the products out there that are flying under the radar for many investors, below we’ll take a deeper dive into the Merk Gold Trust (OUNZ).  [click to continue…]

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The United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) is not only one of the most popular commodity ETFs in the world, but one of the most popular ETFs period. The fund, which tracks natural gas futures, has been a coveted trading instrument since it debuted in 2007. One of the reasons that UNG has become such […]

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The SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) was in for a wake-up call in 2013. Until that calendar year, the ETF had never suffered an annual loss, only to see 2013 drag the fund down by nearly 30%. GLD has bounced back this year, but investors still appeared to be spooked, as the precious metal ETF continues […]

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While it is fair to say that the ETF industry as a whole has changed the investing world, there are also specific products that have changed the investing world forever. Here, we outline five ETFs that forever changed Wall Street upon their debut.

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10 Best Days Ever for the Gold ETF

by on August 6, 2014 | Updated March 2, 2015

In this piece, we’ll take a look at some of GLD’s most active sessions, highlighting the fund’s 10 best single trading days.

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A Brief History of Commodity ETF Spikes

by on July 30, 2014 | Updated April 8, 2015

Commodity investing has long been known for its volatility, attracting traders who seek large daily movements to generate returns. After the ETF industry made investing in these hard assets more accessible, the popularity of utilizing these assets reached new highs. Over the past few years, commodity ETFs have seen a number of wild rides, as […]

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A black swan event is one that is unprecedented and unexpected; they take swarms of people by surprise and have a pronounced impact. These can be both positive and negative events, though the term has become more associated with negativity. A number of these events have impacted the investing world over the years, creating a […]

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The Merk Gold Trust (OUNZ) marked a major first in the ETF world upon its debut. For years, conspiracy theorists had been calling physically-backed gold funds like GLD and IAU phony, claiming the vaults really did not hold large amounts of gold with some claiming there was no gold at all. Though the two ETFs […]

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How Gold ETFs Are Taxed

by on June 25, 2014 | Updated July 2, 2014

When it comes to commodity investing, taxes can be something of a burden for investors. Trying to figure out which tax form you will need to complete and the specific tax rates can be a pain come April of every year. ETFs have helped to simplify a number of those issues, but there still is […]

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Each year, hurricane season becomes a focal point for a number of energy traders, as the storms have been well-known to knock out key pipelines and platforms around the country. As such, ETFs like the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) continually make headlines as many have pointed (myself included) to the funds as being […]

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2014 marks the fifth year of the current bull run, as markets try to extend their winning ways for a sixth consecutive 12-month stretch. Just last month, the S&P 500 cracked 1,900 for the first time, a major psychological level that a number of analysts took as a bullish sign. The year as a whole, […]

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