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Over the past two years, a number of issuers like iShares and JP Morgan have filed for a physical copper ETF; something investors have been wanting for quite some time. At first glance, it seems like a solid idea; after all, GLD and SLV are two of the most popular ETFs in the world, and each of them offers physical exposure to their respective metals. But despite the popularity of the physical structure, it may not make much sense for this industrial metal to be adopted into such an ETF [for more copper ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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In recent years interest in exposure to natural resources has surged, thanks perhaps in part to the ease of access afforded by the exchange-traded structure. While commodities have always been popular with active traders, they’ve caught on in recent years among those investors with a longer time horizon. The impressive performances turned in during a bull commodity market have highlighted the potential of this asset class, while the low correlations to stocks and bonds have been enticing as well [see also 5 Equity ETFs In Steady Uptrends].

While physically-backed and futures-based products that offer direct exposure to commodities remain extremely popular, many investors have also embraced ETFs that deliver indirect exposure to natural resources through stocks of the companies that are engaged in the extraction and production of the resources. The idea behind this approach is pretty straightforward: because the profitability of mining companies depends in large part on the market price for their goods, these securities should exhibit a relatively strong correlation with the underlying resources. [click to continue…]

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Rate Cuts Fail To Stir Optimism

by on July 7, 2012

Stocks kicked off the week to a strong start although profit-taking pressures swept over in the second half just as we warned investors in our Monday edition of ETF Insider. Interest rate cuts from the European Central Bank as well as China’s prompted a surprisingly bearish reaction in the markets; investors gave into selling pressures in the […]

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Investor confidence was shot on Wall Street this morning, as a slew of lackluster economic data sent U.S. equities into a tailspin.  Yesterday’s “semi-comforting” Fed announcement of the continuation of Operation Twist could not help bolster markets today, while the less than cheery reports from Europe and China only added to the growing list of investor worries. […]

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ETFs continue to make their way into portfolios of all styles and sizes as investors have embraced the transparency and cost-efficiency benefits associated with the exchange-traded product structure. As the product lineup grows more diverse, investors have taken advantage of being able to easily tap into a variety of previously difficult-to-reach asset classes. The world of commodities […]

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United States Commodity Funds announced this week that is is slashing expenses on its United States Copper Index Fund (CPER) from 0.95% annually to 0.65%. The move makes CPER the cheapest of the three commodity ETPs currently available to U.S. investors; both JJC and CUPM charge annual fees of 0.75%. JJC and CUPM are both […]

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With equity markets on a winning streak, many investors have brushed aside the commodity asset class as it has lagged behind in the new year. Nonetheless, this corner of the market remains abundant with opportunities and the potential to deliver impressive gains for those with a keen eye and a stomach for risk. Industrial metals, and copper […]

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Among investors interested in exposure to commodities, gold and crude oil tend to dominate most discussions; these natural resources are among the most widely traded in the world, and tend to account for the lion’s share of allocations to the “third asset class” in most long-term portfolios. But these two commodities are, of course, only […]

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United States Commodity Funds, the firm behind the innovative USCI, rolled out another product created through its partnership with SummerHaven this week. The new United States Copper Index Fund (CPER) will be linked to the SummerHaven Copper Index Total Return, a single-commodity index consisting of copper futures contracts traded on the COMEX exchange. The index […]

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Recapping A Wild Week

by on May 28, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

After concerns about Europe dominated trading in the early part of the week, U.S. and international markets staged a comeback in the final sessions of the week, putting most major benchmarks higher but not enough to break through into the green on the week. Though Friday was light on volume ahead of an extended holiday […]

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Buying Opportunities After Panic Selling

by on May 22, 2011 | Updated December 6, 2017

Weekly Recap Last week proved to be quite bumpy for investors, as asset classes from stocks to commodities–and everything in between–swayed between gains and losses for the last several trading days on Wall Street. Volatility was  abundant across all markets and domestic equity indexes ended the week relatively flat, much like crude oil and silver […]

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Markets failed to respond to solid earnings reports from key market bellwethers as any hope for a strong day was soon squashed by midday trading. Still, both the Dow and the S&P 500 managed to finished the day in the green as the Dow jumped by 0.4% while the S&P 500 rose by 0.2%, however, […]

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