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Over the last few years, gold has become one of the most polarizing assets in the investing world. After surging to new highs in mid 2011, the precious metal had investors and analysts alike clamoring for more gains. The commodity suffered a correction in 2013, finally ending a 12-year bull-run while invoking the interest of many who hope to time the bottom. For those looking to invest in gold, we outline 25 ETFs that take varying approaches to the metal and help you add gold exposure to your portfolio [for more gold ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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Though this year was largely marked by an insatiable bull-run, not every ETF was able to prosper. There were a select few segments in the market that struggled to stay afloat, dragging down a number of ETFs in the process. More specifically, precious metals and volatility had a pathetic outing in 2013, as a handful of funds tracking these asset classes were among the worst performing ETFs of the year. The losses in 2013 were especially painful given that the S&P 500 recorded its best annual performance in a decade, jumping 28%+ for the 12 month stretch. [click to continue…]

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Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions.

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Though the U.S. government has shuttered its doors, the ETF industry has seen plenty of activity this week as ETF issuers continue to fill the product pipelines. Just this week, WisdomTree introduced its Emerging Markets Consumer Growth Fund , which focuses on profitable companies that derive the majority of their revenues from emerging markets. Deutsche Bank […]

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The last six months have seen both the highest and lowest points in a variety of markets, and a flurry of economic data and announcements have promised to keep the rest of the year just as interesting. As we approach the halfway point for 2013, investors should take a moment to look back at the best […]

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While most enjoyed 2012′s rather impressive track record, other not-so-lucky investors fell pray to those corners of the market most affected by the global economic slowdown. Some of the worst performers were the usual subjects, namely volatile commodities and alternative energy equities, but others might have been somewhat surprising. From the frustrating natural gas market […]

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Gold ETFs have become exceptionally popular as these instruments mitigate many of the most pressing drawbacks to gold ownership – wide bid/ask spreads, physical storage needs, and convenient buying and selling options. Investors have more than a couple of choices within the gold ETF space, including choosing between bullion-oriented funds, futures-oriented funds, and funds which […]

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With the evolution of the ETF industry, investors now have numerous cost-efficient tools at their disposal to “fix” just about any financial objective. The growing popularity of commodities investing has also spawned a wave of interest in exchange-trade products targeting gold. As such, ETFs offering exposure to the precious yellow metal have found their way […]

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In recent years ETFs have become popular tools for pursuing a wide range of investment objectives. As the product lineup has become more granular in nature, investors have turned to exchange-traded products as a way to tap into narrow segments of the global stock market; the current product offerings include a number of funds that […]

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iShares, the largest U.S. ETF issuer in terms of both assets and number of funds, continued the aggressive expansion of its product lineup this week with five new products offering exposure to commodity-related stocks. Each of the new ETFs will compete with existing products offering indirect exposure to natural resources through stocks of companies that […]

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With over 1,600 exchange-traded products on the market as of 2014, investors have likely run into some seemingly “duplicate” offerings. While many of the “plain vanilla” products have quite a bit in common, there are more than a handful of funds which offer seemingly identical exposure, although a closer look under the hood reveals some […]

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As the roster of exchange-traded products has grown to nearly 1,300, many investors find themselves with the luxury of multiple options for establishing a position in a desired asset class. There are, for example, four different pharmaceutical ETFs, three homebuilder funds, and even two choices for playing the automotive industry. Once the ETF universe has […]

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