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For retail investors, ETFs have leveled the playing field and opened all sorts of alternative asset classes and strategies to the mainstream. One asset class that has surged in popularity has been commodity and natural resource investing. As such, the number of ETFs in this area has exploded and now represents one of the largest fund categories around. Currently, there are over 110 different funds that track futures and hard asset prices [see Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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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 Total Return, a benchmark that shifts exposure between various contracts based on market conditions. 

USMI will be unique in that it will offer exposure to both industrial and precious metals. While there are a number of products in both the Metals and Precious Metals ETFdb Categories, there are few existing exchange-traded products that combine these asset classes. Specifically, the underlying index will include six base metals and four precious metals:  [click to continue…]

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ETFs continue to make their way into portfolios of all styles and sizes as investors have embraced the transparency and cost-efficiency benefits associated with the exchange-traded product structure. As the product lineup grows more diverse, investors have taken advantage of being able to easily tap into a variety of previously difficult-to-reach asset classes. The world of commodities […]

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United States Commodity Funds announced this week that is is slashing expenses on its United States Copper Index Fund (CPER) from 0.95% annually to 0.65%. The move makes CPER the cheapest of the three commodity ETPs currently available to U.S. investors; both JJC and CUPM charge annual fees of 0.75%. JJC and CUPM are both […]

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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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With equity markets on a winning streak, many investors have brushed aside the commodity asset class as it has lagged behind in the new year. Nonetheless, this corner of the market remains abundant with opportunities and the potential to deliver impressive gains for those with a keen eye and a stomach for risk. Industrial metals, and copper […]

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Among investors interested in exposure to commodities, gold and crude oil tend to dominate most discussions; these natural resources are among the most widely traded in the world, and tend to account for the lion’s share of allocations to the “third asset class” in most long-term portfolios. But these two commodities are, of course, only […]

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After a bit of a summer slowdown, product development activity in the ETF industry has regained full speed. After a busy October, the month of November also saw the debut of a number of first-to-market ideas from a variety of ETF issuers, as well as a continued filling of the product pipeline with some intriguing […]

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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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The reasons for the rise of the ETF industry are numerous: intraday liquidity, (potentially) superior tax efficiency, and enhanced transparency relative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds have all contributed to the billions of dollars of inflows that these funds have seen in recent years. But the real attraction for most ETF investors is the reduced […]

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