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It doesn’t seem like that long ago that exchange-traded commodity products were the darlings of the ETF world. Praised for democratizing an entire asset class (and one capable of delivering non-correlated returns to investors at that), commodity ETFs saw billions of dollars of cash inflows in 2009. Investors rushed to get their hands on everything from copper to tin, and they embraced the transparency and liquidity that the exchange-traded structure had to offer. [click to continue…]

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With the finish line in sight, 2010 has been a very interesting year for commodity investors; a number of products hit multi-year or all time record highs thanks to a weaker dollar, strong emerging market and supply issues across much of the globe. Most of the supply issues that have impacted commodity markets have been beyond human control, such as inclement weather destroying crops or natural disasters impacting productivity in commodity producing regions. However, as we have seen in recent weeks, supply issues can also be a direct result of human activity, and can often have just as big of an impact on commodity prices as ‘Acts of God’. This was recently seen in the price of cocoa, as an electoral crisis continues to play out in the Ivory Coast, one of the biggest producers of the crop. A similar situation–although not nearly as politically-driven–is taking place in one of the world’s top producers of copper, threatening to push the red metal even further above its all-time high levels. [click to continue…]

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It’s baaaaaaaack. After a brief hiatus that saw investors rushing to determine the best ways to battle deflation, inflationary concerns have begun to surface again. The cause of the latest bout of inflationary anxiety is of course the QE2 program recently announced by the Federal Reserve that calls for the purchase of hundreds of billions […]

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Innovation has always been a hallmark of the ETF industry, as recent years have seen issuers get creative in efforts to expand the universe of assets available and refine the mechanisms through which such exposure is offered. Some of the latest initiatives have focused in on the commodity space, where issuers are scrambling to come […]

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Global X announced on Friday the launch of its second new ETF in as many days, adding the Global X Uranium ETF (URA) to a fast-growing lineup. The new product will track the Solactive Global Uranium Index, a benchmark designed to reflect the performance of companies engaged in various parts of the uranium industry, including […]

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Innovation throughout the ETF industry has been one of the primary themes of recent years, but perhaps no corner of the market has seen more progress on the product development front than the commodity space. U.S. investors now have the ability to invest in dozens of natural resources, primarily through exchange-traded funds than consist of […]

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Mining ETFs: Eight Ways To Play

by on August 25, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

Commodities have been one of the hottest corners of the ETF market, exploding on to the scene in recent years as investors have rushed to gain access to a suddenly democratized asset class that has been shown to add valuable diversification benefits to traditional stock-and-bond portfolios [see Rethinking Commodity ETFs]. But some investors have been […]

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Global X, the ETF issuer that burst on to the scene with China and Brazil sector ETFs, recently filed with the SEC to offer a new ETF that would focus on companies engaged in exploration for gold. The proposed fund would seek to replicate the Solactive Global Gold Explorers Index, a benchmark made up of […]

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The timing of perhaps the most significant policy shift in China’s recent history was interesting for a number of reasons. Beijing’s announcement that the Chinese currency would be afforded increased flexibility came in the middle of the weekend, just days ahead of a G-20 summit in Toronto at which China’s currency policy was expected to […]

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This week brought more ups and downs to uphold the uncertainty of what investors are calling “Grim May.” An up-and-down week ended on a negative note, with a downgrade of Spain increasing investor anxiety over the spread of the debt crisis beyond Greece. This week features the close of a tumultuous month for markets all […]

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Since the S&P 500 hit a 2010 high on April 23, global equity markets have battered by a wave of risk aversion that has sent many broad indexes down as much as 20%. The recent sell-off has impacted nearly every corner of the global economy; virtually every country and sector are in the red over […]

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The speed with which the ETF industry has expanded has been a hot topic lately, with some analysts anticipating a wave of consolidation at some point this year as issuers pull the plug on products that have failed to gain traction. While there have certainly been a number of ill-conceived product ideas in recent years […]

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