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2013 was a great year for broad markets, as it was largely dominated by a relentless bull-run that saw equities touch all-time highs. However, while some assets prospered, the commodity world struggled. This was best evidenced by the DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC, A), which tracks futures on the 14 most popular commodities in the world; the fund sank more than 8% in 2013 while SPY jumped more than 26%. Many of the funds that struggled saw unfavorable supply and demand trends around the globe, while others suffered as investors rushed into white-hot equities. Still, a handful of products were able to come away with gains on the year. [click to continue…]

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Wall Street was in for a lackluster yet volatile day of trading, as investors braced themselves ahead of tomorrow’s key monthly government jobs report. On the economic front, data on the labor market came in slightly better than expected; jobless claims came in at 370,000, falling 25,000 from the previous recording. Though the report was rather optimistic, investors remained cautious as fiscal cliff fears continued to dominate the market [see also 101 High Yielding ETFs For Every Dividend Investor].

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For investors seeking to gain exposure to energy prices–whether natural gas, crude oil, or anything in between–exchange-traded products have become popular tools to use. The widespread availability, superior transparency, and relatively low costs have obvious appeal; ETFs (and ETNs) have made access to commodities much easier and cheaper. The ETF universe includes products that target […]

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ETF Tax Tutorial: Complete List Of ETFs That Issue A K-1

by on February 13, 2012 | Updated January 8, 2015

Tax season is upon us again. As you prepare to file your returns, we help investors get a leg up with our tutorial and complete list of ETFs that issue a Schedule K-1 form.

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The first half of 2011 is officially in the books, and many investors find their portfolios in approximately the same place as they were to start the year (though a furious rally in the final week of the quarter gave a nice boost at an opportune moment). Most major equity indexes are up slightly on […]

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Morgan Stanley has rolled out a new ETN that combines access to large cap U.S. equities with exposure to a futures-based investment in crude oil. The new S&P 500 Crude Oil Linked ETN (BARL) will offer returns of the S&P 500 Oil Hedged Index. That benchmark provides exposure to the S&P 500 Total Return Index […]

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Oil has not been the talk of markets since pre-recessionary time when sky high prices, above $140 per barrel to be exact, were acting as an anchor on various aspects of our economy. That period in time saw numerous businesses struggle with soaring crude prices, a good example being U.S. airline Skybus, who was forced […]

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The rapid development of exchange traded products has brought with it increased diversity in the investing space. Markets segments that were once nearly impossible for the average Joe to reach have now become as easy to buy as a share of ExxonMobil. Some of these elusive market segments include emerging markets, high yield fixed income, […]

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The first quarter of 2011 is officially in the books, and the last three months have been a stretch marked by instability both domestically and abroad. Significant uncertainty remains, as investors are still divided on the outlook for interest rates, further stimulus measures, and the ability of emerging markets to continue driving global GDP growth. […]

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February marked another month of growth for the U.S. ETF industry, though the pace of inflows slowed a bit from recent months. According to data from the National Stock Exchange assets stood at $1.055 trillion at the end of February, an increase of about 3.5% over the previous month. February inflows totaled $7.4 billion, down […]

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Last weeks developments in the Middle East once again captured the attention of investors, as escalations of protests and violence in Libya sent oil on a wild ride over the course of several days. The impact of the geopolitical tensions seem unlikely to ease at any point in the near future; while the unrest is […]

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USO vs. BNO: Explaining The Big Gaps In Oil ETF Performance

by on February 23, 2011 | Updated November 20, 2012

By now, many investors are well aware of the potential impact of the nuances of futures-based commodity ETPs. Contangoed markets can cause fund returns to lag behind a hypothetical return on spot prices, sometimes by a fairly wide margin. But a look at the recent history of the Oil & Gas ETFdb Category reveals another […]

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