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Last week, Wall Street focused its attention on the latest developments on the Fed front as Ben Bernanke testified before the Senate’s Joint Economic Committee in Washington. In his testimony, the chairman reported that the central bank will remain on its current course of action–the $85 billion per month bond purchasing program–though investors may see monetary policy changes in the “near” future. When asked if the Fed had a timeline or plan as to how they will unwind their massive stimulus measures, Bernanke simply replied “I don’t know.” The latest FOMC minutes also reflected the chairman’s uncertainty, stating that a number of participants favored scaling back the bond-buying program, but views differed about what evidence would be necessary to make such a drastic change [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].  [click to continue…]

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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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Interest in commodity investments has boomed in recent years, and billions of dollars have poured into the space, most noticeably in the form of exchange-traded products. With so many choices out there, it’s well worth taking the time to highlight special cases that may offer investors unique opportunities; the United States Commodity Index Fund (USCI) […]

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Ultimate Guide To “Third Generation” Commodity ETPs

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

The introduction of commodity ETPs has opened up a previously difficult to reach corners of the market to investors of all walks. No need to open up a costly (and complex) futures trading account, as this asset class is now available with all of the benefits inherent to the exchange-traded product structure, including transparency, intraday liquidity and […]

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United States Commodity Funds announced this week the debut of an ETF that offers exposure to a basket of metals futures contracts, giving investors seeking exposure to this corner of the commodities market a new tool at their disposal. The United States Metals Index Fund (USMI) will seek to replicate the SummerHaven Dynamic Metals Index […]

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United States Commodity Funds rolled out another addition to its suite of “third generation” commodity ETPs this week, debuting a fund that will take a unique approach to delivering access to agriculture commodities. The United States Agriculture Index Fund (USAG) will implement a variation of the methodology used by USCI, dubbed the “contango killer” commodity […]

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As far as the majority of the ETF industry is concerned, size is everything. Institutions and financial advisors often have minimum AUM requirements for investing; a pre-screen that many ETFs fail due to their smaller size. Even individual investors are quick to write off a fund with low assets, as they assume its low popularity […]

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Top 10 Noteworthy ETF Trends Of 2011

by on December 26, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

The curtain is about to drop on 2011, a year that will go down as a record-breaking period for the rapidly-expanding ETF industry. More than 300 exchange-traded products began trading this year, with dozens of issuers rolling out new products. While some of the new additions bear a striking resemblance to more established products on […]

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Back To Basics: 7 ETFs For Long-Term Investors

by on November 29, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

New exchange traded products continue to debut on the market by the cartload, as issuers have been ramping up activity on the product development front while ongoing innovation in the ETF industry is paving the way for one of a kind, first-to-market products. Investors can implement any number of strategies across a multitude of asset […]

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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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United States Commodity Funds, the company behind the ultra-popular natural gas (UNG) and crude oil (USO) products, has laid the groundwork for another unique exchange-traded commodity product. In a recent SEC filing, USCF outlined some details for a proposed Asian Commodity Basket Fund, which would include exposure to commodities deemed to maintain “systemic importance to Asian […]

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Though the entire ETF industry has grown at a blistering pace, certain segments of the market have expanded much more quickly than others over the past few years. Few types of financial products have seen stronger asset growth than commodity ETPs, as investors of all sophistication levels have embraced the exchange-traded structure as the most efficient means […]

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