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The heat wave that has been sweeping much of the country in recent weeks finally broke over the weekend, providing a minor measure of relief after a prolonged stretch of record temperatures. The unseasonably warm weather has already contributed directly to dozens of deaths and injuries, as well as general discomfort for millions of Americans.

But the recent heat wave has been a welcome development for a number of commodities, as the soaring temperatures gave meaningful boosts to a number of natural resource prices. While stocks and bonds generally receive minimal impact from weather conditions, commodities can be a different story. And as the ETFs below indicate, anticipating extreme conditions can be one way to generate some compelling investment ideas [for more ETF insights, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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Teucrium, the Vermont-based firm behind a growing lineup of exchange-traded commodity products, announced today the launch of a new fund targeting agricultural resources. The Teucrium Agriculture Fund (TAGS) will offer equal exposure to the “big 4″ of the agriculture commodity space: sugar, corn, wheat, and soybeans [see also Special Report: In Search Of The Best Commodity ETP]. TAGS will be structured as a fund-of-funds, as the underlying holdings of the product will be shares of existing single-commodity ETPs that the issuer has already debuted. Specifically, TAGS will consist of equal allocations to CANE, CORN, WEAT, and SOYB

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Wall Street Welcomes New Highs

by on February 25, 2012

Equity markets ended the week in positive territory although price action was rather uneventful considering news of the Greek bailout along with several encouraging data releases on the home front. Despite positive developments in the Euro zone, gold prices jumped ahead of stocks in terms of weekly performance, showcasing that investors are not entirely convinced […]

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Progress In Greece Will Tip Markets

by on February 20, 2012

Markets broadly climbed higher last week amidst ongoing uncertainty stemming from the Euro zone, although this week should offer investors more concrete insights on just how the Greek bailout negotiations are moving along. Wall Street is taking the day off today in observance of Presidents Day. With no major economic data releases due out this week on the home […]

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With the finish line in sight, it’s fairly safe to say that 2011 will be remembered by most investors as a wild, back-and-forth year that brought plenty of both hope and despair. A hot start raised optimism of a continued recovery after a generally impressive 2011, but the summer months were anything but relaxing; major […]

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Bad Week To Be A Bear

by on October 29, 2011

The bulls came rushing back last week and equity indexes soared, bolstered by solid corporate earnings at home coupled with encouraging developments in the Euro zone. Investors were more than cheerful to see EU leaders take the first steps towards negotiating on a viable “rescue plan” to ensure stability in the financially fragile currency bloc. […]

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

by on October 26, 2011 | Updated October 28, 2011

Domestic equity indexes started the week off with fresh multi-month highs as investor optimism from last week carried over. Stock markets were quick to give up gains on Tuesday however, after disappointing corporate earnings results weighted down on investor confidence, while continuing Euro zone debt woes didn’t do much to remedy the situation. Wednesday proved […]

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Bulls In Drivers Seat

by on October 24, 2011

Domestic equity equity indexes struggled near technical resistance levels all of last week, however, the bulls prevailed on Friday. The S&P 500 Index opened and closes every single day above the key resistance level at 1,200; quite a technical feat, given that it failed to break this this level three times in the past three […]

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Inflation ETF Special: 25 ETF Ideas To Fight Rising Prices

by on July 20, 2011 | Updated December 8, 2014

Inflation has always been a particularly frustrating topic among investors, as a spike in prices can be a nasty surprise for investors who are not amply prepared.  Its effects can reduce your real return on an annual basis and make it much more difficult to keep up with your standard of living. Inflation, however, has not […]


Wall Street got off to a fairly tame start as investors came back from a long holiday weekend, as domestic equity indexes closed near the breakeven point and the NASDAQ edged out a small gain. Moody’s rating agency downgraded Portugal’s government debt to a grade of Baa2 from Baa1, almost immediately sending the euro lower […]

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The rapid development of exchange traded products has brought with it increased diversity in the investing space. Markets segments that were once nearly impossible for the average Joe to reach have now become as easy to buy as a share of ExxonMobil. Some of these elusive market segments include emerging markets, high yield fixed income, […]

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Unlike mutual funds, ETFs are bought not from the company that creates and manages the products, but from other market participants. While that arrangement is responsible for many of the benefits of ETFs–such as intraday liquidity–it also introduces some potential pitfalls. Specifically, using market orders can be potentially hazardous as it introduces the possibility of […]

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