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VelocityShares, the issuer behind several popular ETNs linked to volatility-based indexes, made a big expansion to its product lineup this week with the launch of eight notes offering leveraged exposure to various precious metals. The new additions include both long and inverse offerings covering gold (3x), silver (3x), platinum (2x), and palladium (2x).

Each of the new products is a first-to-market offering; the gold and silver ETNs represent the fist time 3x daily exposure has been available to those metals, while the platinum and palladium products are the first to offer leveraged or inverse exposure to those metals [for analysis of all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]: [click to continue…]

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Futures-based investing has long been a popular option for those looking to gain exposure to commodities that were otherwise difficult to reach. But with the introduction of ETFs came increased granularity in this investing segment, as there are now exchange traded products that offer exposure to a wide variety of commodities through a single ticker. This alleviates the stress and complexities that are involved with managing a futures account, while allowing investors to sometimes gain access to multiple commodity futures with just one fund. Still, for everything that ETFs have opened up for the everyday investor, these funds are by no means perfect.

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The first half of 2010 is in the books, and it is no surprise that the ETF industry has continued to grow at an impressive rate. According to the latest data from the National Stock Exchange, the universe of exchange-traded products saw almost $40 billion of cash inflows during the first six months of the […]

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First Trust Plans Three New ETFs

by on January 26, 2010 | Updated January 27, 2010

First Trust, the Lisle, Illinois-based ETF provider best known for its AlphaDEX funds, has filed papers for three new ETFs, including two commodity funds and one emerging market ETF. The funds in registration are the First Trust BICK Index Fund, First Trust ISE Global Copper Index Fund, and the First Trust ISE Global Platinum Index […]

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As the ETF industry has expanded in recent years, a significant portion of growth has come from the tremendous rise in popularity of exchange-traded commodity products. In addition to broad-based funds such as DBC or DJCI, several commodity-specific products have accumulated billions of dollars in assets, and several were even among the very largest of […]

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After weeks of anticipation, the first ETFs offering U.S. investors exposure to Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) launched on Friday, as London-based ETF Securities (ETFS) introduced the ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (PPLT) and ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (PALL). These funds bring the total number of U.S.-listed ETFs from ETFS to four, joining gold and silver ETFs […]

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Palladium, Platinum ETFs Near Launch

by on January 5, 2010 | Updated June 25, 2010

ETF Securities (ETFS) indicated in a filing with the SEC last week that financial firm Susquehanna Capital Group has bought 100,000 shares of its proposed first-ever platinum ETF, with delivery expected by the end of this week. Susquehanna has also purchased 100,000 shares of a physically-backed palladium ETF proposed by ETFS. According to an October […]

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After struggling just to survive for much of 2009, the U.S. automotive industry is showing surprising signs of life in early 2010, as surges in foreign demand and better-than-expected domestic results give the struggling sector a boost. While it’s far too early to tell if the turnaround will be sustainable or is simply a blip […]

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Platinum and palladium prices jumped to recent highs last week on news that regulators had taken an important step towards allowing London-based ETF Securities (ETFS) to list physically-backed ETFs linked to the metals to trade on U.S. exchanges. “The Securities and Exchange Commission in the past week approved proposed rule changes from the New York […]

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Best Performing ETFs Of 2009

by on December 21, 2009 | Updated April 30, 2010

Following a year that saw some of the worst performances in recent memory, many asset classes have bounced back in  2009. But some have performed better than others, and as the year draws to a close we take a look at some of the best-performing ETFs. The year’s top gainers include a few of the […]

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It’s been an interesting week in the world of ETFs:  The unemployment rate moved up to 9.8% and Rio De Janeiro won the 2016 Summer Olympics over Chicago. Here are the ETF Database staff picks of the week’s most important and interesting stories from around the Web:

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Precious metals ETFs have become a popular investment choice for investors looking to establish an inflation hedge or seeking a safe haven in times of economic uncertainty. While these assets are generally concentrated in a handful of gold and silver funds, a number of ETFs and ETNs offering exposure to platinum, one of the “forgotten […]

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