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This product offers exposure to a basket of natural resources known as the "soft" commodities: coffee, cocoa, cotton, and sugar. These assets may have appeal as inflation hedges, bet on global food shortages, or indirect plays on emerging markets growth. Given the narrow focus of GRWN, this ETN probably doesn't make belong as a component of a long-term buy-and-hold portfolio; it is designed for use as a tactical tool to deliver access towards a small corner of the commodity market. Investors seeking more broadly-based exposure to agricultural commodities have a number of options in the Agricultural Commodities ETFdb Category, while those seeking targeted exposure to coffee, cocoa, cotton, or sugar have resource-specific ETPs at their disposal. Several nuances make this ETN unique among ag ETPs. First, GRWN is an ETN, meaning that investors are exposed to the credit risk of the issuing bank but will be able to avoid tracking error (which can be a major issue in some commodity products). The ETN structure may also have some favorable tax features relative to ETFs, especially for investors who intend to establish a long-term position. Also noteworthy is the roll frequency of the underlying index; because GRWN offers exposure to futures contracts, returns may not correspond to movements in spot prices for the underlying resources. Unlike many commodity ETPs that roll holdings on a monthly basis, GRWN does not roll exposure on a predetermined schedule; the roll timing is based on a proprietary methodology designed to reduce the impact of contango or backwardation on returns. This feature may make GRWN more appealing to investors looking to establish a position in softs over the long term. Those looking to make a short-term play may prefer a trading vehicle such as JJS that focuses on shorter maturity futures contracts.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for GRWN on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Agricultural Commodities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
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This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 8 other ETFs in the Agricultural Commodities ETFdb.com Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
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