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Precious metals are one of the rarest and most valuable commodities in the world, making them a popular investment tool for long-term buy-and-hold and short-term investors alike. Typically, this asset class has appeal as a safe haven, since its returns are generally greater in periods of high market volatility. Besides the commodity’s inherent use as a store of value, precious metals are also used in a number of manufacturing applications. Although gold is perhaps the most popular precious metal, palladium, platinum, and silver are also viable and potentially lucrative options to round out a portfolio’s commodity exposure [see our Commodity Guru ETFdb Portfolio]. [click to continue…]

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Trading on Wall Street finally resumed today, after the destructive path of hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast and forced the New York Stock Exchange to close on Monday and Tuesday. After the longest weather-related shutdown since 1888, markets got off to surprisingly powerful start, but understandably thin trading had stocks trading along the flat line for the remainder of the session, closing out the month of October on a soft note. While some expected markets to make volatile moves today, most were relieved that basic market efficiency helped smooth out this unprecedented event. Trading at Knight Capital Group, however, did not go as smoothly as expected, as power outages forced all trading to halt [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Portfolios].  [click to continue…]

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After a frustratingly slow week on Wall Street, markets managed to eke out small gains at today’s close, capping off their sixth straight week of gains. According to the Thomson-Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index, American’s feelings about the economy bucked economists’ predictions, as the index came in significantly better-than-expected. The Conference Board also reported […]

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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 […]

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This year more than ever before, investors of all sizes are giving thanks for the tremendous expansion in the ETF industry in recent years. ETF assets continue to climb, even in challenging economic environments. And in many cases, the growth of this industry is thanks to an exodus of cash from traditional mutual funds to […]

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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 […]

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One of the biggest stories in the ETF world over the past few trading sessions has been the Gold SPDR (GLD) taking the top spot among most widely-held ETFs, finally surpassing SPY for the AUM crown. Yet, just as soon as this happened and gold hit $1,900/oz., investors saw a brutal sell-off in the precious […]

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Thanks to a surprisingly solid reading from the Chicago PMI yesterday, many investors are growing increasingly optimistic that the economy has bottomed out in the near term. The reading crushed analyst expectations by close to eight points and many speculate that renewed production in the automotive sector may have been a large reason for the […]

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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. […]

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American equity markets finished the final full week of May on a relatively strong note, as most major benchmarks moved off of their lows from earlier in the week to finish Friday in the green. A similar trend was had in the commodity space, as concerns over the European debt situation helped to reignite demand […]

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ETF Securities, the giant of the European ETF market that has amassed more than $4 billion in a suite of seven U.S.-listed products, is taking steps towards an initial public offering according to the Wall Street Journal. The ETF issuer has reportedly retained Citigroup and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to discuss its strategic options, […]

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ETF Securities, the Europe-based ETF issuer responsible for a series of ultra-popular physically-backed precious metal ETFs, recently made an SEC filing detailing plans for a series of physically-backed exchange-traded products targeting the industrial metal space. In total, the filing calls for seven funds with one targeting each of aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, and zinc, […]

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