Now Is The Season To: March 2011
Consider The Many Ways To Play Oil
Last month, we highlighted a number of commodity ETPs that have been in focus as of late thanks to surging energy prices and crop concerns from around the globe. While the Middle East conflict has intensified to disastrous proportions, many of the issues that have plagued the crop markets have fallen by the wayside as many of the biggest gainers in the soft and grain commodity sectors have retreated heavily in the month of February. This has put a special focus on the oil markets as WTI crude oscillates around $100/bbl. and Brent crude approaches the $115/bbl. mark. However, investors searching for a pure oil fund in the Oil & Gas ETFdb Category face a multitude of choices that each target a different aspect of the oil and gas market or utilize different strategies to obtain similar exposure. While many of the funds do target WTI crude, they do it in different ways that can produce divergent returns. Below, we highlight the key differences between five interesting funds that investors can use in order to play the oil market in the exchange-traded structure.
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