ETF Spotlight: June 2012

Published on by on June 4, 2012

Each month, we highlight an ETF flying under the radar of most investors that offers exposure to a unique asset class or investment strategy. This month, we take a closer look at a new “third generation” commodity ETP that offers long-term investors an opportunity to tap into a lucrative asset class while at the same time mitigating some of the associated risks . The United States Agricultural Index Fund (USAG) is an appealing “building bloc” that can help to diversify your portfolio through dynamic, well-rounded exposure to a popular segment of the commodity market.

A string of sour economic data reports on the home front coupled with resurfacing, and seemingly never-ending, Euro zone debt woes have served as a harsh reminder that the global economic recovery will likely continue to be slow and arduous. Investors looking to make a play in either the equity or bond markets in the current environment are likely hesitant given the overarching uncertainty; debt problems at home and abroad, economic uncertainty in China, and the anticipation of more stimulus from the Federal Reserve are some of the major clouds plaguing investors’ confidence. As such, the commodity asset class, and the agricultural space in particular, presents itself as an appealing investment in the current environment for those with a stomach for risk.  

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