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Suppose that natural gas prices are on the rise and you’d like to capitalize. Like most retail investors, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are probably the first thing that comes to mind, as they’re a lot easier to buy than commodity contracts. So, you decide to purchase a natural gas ETF that holds natural gas futures contracts of its own, in order to capitalize on this bullish investment thesis over the coming three months [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]. [click to continue…]

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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 to investments in a popular Latin American country, we outline the ten worst-performing ETFs in 2012 (Year-to-date returns as of 12/20/2012) [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]: [click to continue…]

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Commodity ETFs burst onto the scene a few years ago, as these products democratized an asset class that was once difficult to reach for many retail investors. Now, these products are among the most traded in the ETF space and are often coveted for the volatility and potential returns that they provide. This year saw […]

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Tweaking Our All ETF Portfolio

by on June 8, 2011

This week has continued where last week left off, as selling across the board continues to plague equities. Tech and financials are leading on the downside as new government regulations and fears over a slowdown in the economy are weighing on stocks. Meanwhile, traders are continuing to seek the safety of T-Bills as protection in […]

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Prudent Buying After Panic Selling

by on June 6, 2011

Investors poured into U.S. Treasuries last week as far worse than expected economic data from the manufacturing and housing sectors sent waves of anxiety through equity markets both in the U.S. and abroad. Surprisingly enough, amidst all the chaos even gold failed to climb much higher and the precious metal closed just above $1,540 for […]

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To most, cotton is a part of everyday life, a part of the textiles found in every wardrobe. But after prices surged in 2009, some investors have begun making cotton a part of their portfolio as well, and are turning to cotton ETFs as a way to gain exposure. While this soft commodity has the […]

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Supply Worries Send Sugar ETF Soaring

by on December 11, 2009 | Updated June 9, 2010

Soft commodities were active on Thursday, with sugar futures surging to their highest level in more than three weeks and coffee futures jumping on worries of supply dips in coming months. Heavy rains in Brazil, the world’s top sugar producer, disrupted output and sent mills scrambling to renegotiate contracts with trading houses after production levels […]

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