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The evolution of the ETF industry has brought forth previously difficult-to-reach corners of the market to the fingertips of mainstream investors. Commodities in particular have seen a surge in popularity as investors have embraced the exchange-traded product wrapper as the preferred means for accessing this potentially lucrative asset class. The ETF universe is vast however, and investors now have multiple instruments at their disposal, allowing them to implement a multitude of investment strategies in a variety of ways [see How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Global X, the New York-based ETF issuer that already offers sector-specific China and Brazil funds and a number of ETFs focused on commodity-intensive equities, continued to expand its pipeline; the firm recently made an SEC filing laying the groundwork for an oil equities ETF. Although details from the filing were scarce, there were a few revelations: [click to continue…]

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With the finish line in sight, 2010 has been a generally solid year for commodities as an asset class; strong demand from emerging markets, a shaky dollar, fears about inflation, and a number of supply issues have conspired to send prices of everything from corn to gold to sugar skyward [see Top Five Commodity ETFs […]

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As world population levels have surged along with developing economies, an increased focus as been put on natural resource development and production in order to increase the average standard of living for the world’s nearly 7 billion people. This rapid increase–along with a variety of natural disasters, such as the devastating wheat crisis in Russia […]

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Last week, Jefferies Asset Management unveiled two new exchange-traded funds targeting equities of global commodity producers. The two funds, which track subsets of the Thomson Reuters/ Jefferies CRB In-The-Ground Global Commodity Index tracked by CRBQ, invest in companies across the globe that are involved in the extraction and production of commodities. CRBI seeks to track […]

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It’s been an interesting week in the world of ETFs:  U.S. equity markets ended the week on a sour note with most benchmarks down about 2%. Here are the ETF Database staff picks of the week’s most important and interesting stories from around the Web:

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September was one of the most active months in the ETF industry in recent memory. We saw a wave of new fund launches from industry leaders and smaller players alike, along with perhaps the first of many commodity fund closures. September saw the introduction of another actively-managed ETF, proposals on several more innovative funds, and […]

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