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Interest in commodity-focused ETFs has surged in recent years, as investors look towards this asset class for lucrative opportunities and diversification benefits. While most turn towards gold and oil for their go-to picks for commodity exposure, there is one particular resource that continues to fly under the radar for most: water. This everyday resource is often overlooked, although it makes up roughly three quarters of the Earth’s surface. Despite the overwhelming supplies of water, only slightly less than 3% is suitable for human consumption, making companies that conserve and purify water highly attractive [see How To Buy The Best Water ETF].  [click to continue…]

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How To Buy The Best Water ETF

by on August 14, 2012 | Updated December 8, 2014

Exchange-traded funds have been embraced by self-directed investors and professional money managers alike thanks to their transparency, ease-of-use and cost efficiency benefits. As the product lineup grows more diverse, investors have taken advantage of being able to easily tap into virtually any corner of the investable universe. The commodities asset class in particular has seen growing interest from ETF investors, although one particular resource continues to fly under the radar for most [see also How To But The Right ETF Every Time].

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Greek Drama Far From Over

by on May 12, 2012

Equity markets took a nosedive last week as resurfacing Euro zone debt woes welcomed back the bears on Wall Street. Political turbulence in Greece has sparked a wave of worry, with many fearing that the nation will have to face default unless the opposing parties agree to implement the proposed austerity measures. On the home […]

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Cautiously Bullish At Home

by on May 7, 2012

Mixed economic releases coupled with concerning nonfarm payrolls data left many scrambling to take profits, sending major indexes into red territory for the week. With earnings season in the books, investors will once again focus their attention on fundamental data releases along with headlines from the Euro zone. The week ahead looks to be clouded with uncertainty as parliamentary elections across the […]

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The world is always ending, according to someone out there. The current environment is full of those who think the end is nigh–at least for the robust global economy to which we’ve grown accustomed. Let’s suppose that our economy is about to fall off a cliff, resulting in general chaos, what’s the average investor supposed […]

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Recent months have brought some indications that the storm clouds over the U.S. economy are beginning to clear. Manufacturing activity is picking up again, earnings reports have been generally impressive, and consumer spending and confidence have shown signs of a pulse. Though major indexes have reached (or nearly reached) pre-recession levels, there are still lingering […]

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Despite an increasingly tense situation in Egypt and the broader Middle East in general, American equity markets rose across the board in Tuesday trading. The Dow jumped by close to 150 points while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq posted even better days, rising by 1.7% and 1.9%, respectively. In commodity markets, WTI crude retreated […]

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Thanks to ongoing concerns about the U.S. dollar and debt crises around the world, many investors have focused in on commodities as a way to save their portfolios from the ravages of inflation. Most investors have taken a closer look at a select few commodities such as precious metals, energy, or grains as a way […]

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Direxion Files For Non-Leveraged ETFs

by on April 19, 2010 | Updated April 25, 2013

Direxion, one of the leaders in the rapidly-expanding leveraged ETF space, has filed for approval on 36 new ETFs, including two non-leveraged products. The Direxion Auto Shares would seek to match the performance of the Indus Global Auto & Auto Suppliers Index, a benchmark that consists of approximately 30 companies engaged in the manufacturing, maintenance, […]

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Currently, there is fierce debate raging over the future of the economy. Some economists and investors are projecting a period of deflation spurred by falling asset prices for debt-based goods (such as houses) and the lack of credit available to most small consumers. In addition, the core CPI level recently fell for the first time […]

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Definitive Guide To Water ETFs

by on November 27, 2009 | Updated January 5, 2010

The rise of the ETF industry has democratized commodity investing, making this asset class accessible to more investors than ever before. ETFs offer exposure, both direct and indirect, to almost every commodity imaginable, ranging from popular resources such as metals and grains to obscure commodities like azuki beans and greasy wool. With all the attention […]

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Global X Funds, the New York-based ETF provider that was the first to offer funds focusing on Colombia and the Nordic region, has filed for approval with the SEC to launch six new ETFs that focus on various sectors of the Chinese economy. The proposed funds include:

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