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So far, 2011 has been a pretty good time to be a commodity producer, as most natural resource firms have risen substantially to start the year. While some sectors of the market, such as rare earth metals and agribusiness, have posted impressive gains, the two funds representing the timber industry have been quietly among the leaders through the first four months of the year. These two funds, which are both up more than 10% on the year, have managed to become two of the three best performing ETFs in the Commodity Producers ETFdb Category so far in 2011–all despite a continued slump in the American housing market. [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 Of 2010]. Despite the impressive performance from a number of different commodities, inflows into commodity ETFs have been light in 2010. After more than $30 billion flowed into commodity ETPs in 2009, inflows through the first ten months totaled only about $10 billion–almost all of which was attributable to physically-backed gold products. [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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The last several months have provided an abundance of conflicting economic indicators. A stellar earnings season and surge in M&A activity gave investors hope that corporate profits were on the rebound. But stubbornly high unemployment and sagging consumer confidence have remained as major roadblocks to prolonged growth. With U.S. markets treading water recently, many investors […]

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One of the hottest segments of the ETF industry is the commodity space, which has exploded in recent years as investors have embraced exchange-traded products as a means of reaching an asset class that offers potentially valuable diversification benefits. While most commodity products are physically-backed or futures-based funds, an alternative means of gaining commodity exposure […]

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It’s difficult to put a finger on the exact cause of the recent surge in popularity of commodity investing. More than likely, the boom is attributable to a number of different factors. Correlation between international equity markets (and even between stocks and bonds) has surged in recent years, increasing both the importance and difficulty of […]

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What’s In A Name: A Look Inside ETF Tickers

by on February 3, 2010 | Updated June 12, 2014

Whenever a company prepares for a public offering, executives have been known to spend an inordinate amount of time choosing the combination of letters that will serve as the company’s ticker and often nickname within the investment community. To many, the fixation on selecting the perfect ticker seems like an irrational obsession on par with […]

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Michael Johnston, senior analyst at ETF Database, appeared on live television this morning to discuss a few ETFs that would serve as possible hedges against inflation, including: WisdomTree Dreyfus Emerging Currency Fund (CEW) IndexIQ CPI Inflation Hedged ETF (CPI) Claymore/Clear Global Timber Fund (CUT) Market Vectors TR Gold Miners Fund (GDX) IndexIQ ARB Global Resources […]

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Beyond TIP: 10 ETFs To Protect Against Inflation

by on January 15, 2010 | Updated November 6, 2012

Over the last year, U.S. equity markets have staged a remarkable recovery as volatility has plummeted and the emergency stimulus measures implemented amidst heated debate appear to have had their intended effect. Indications that unemployment may be close to peaking and that consumer confidence is on the rise once again only add fuel to the […]

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Five ETFs For A Housing Recovery

by on December 23, 2009 | Updated November 1, 2012

Over the past 18 months, housing prices have retreated sharply from the highs reached at the end of the housing boom. However, there are reasons to believe that one of the longest and most severe housing slumps ever is nearing an end. Building permits recently increased to a 584,000 yearly pace, well above the forecasted […]

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Do You Need A Timber ETF?

by on July 1, 2009 | Updated July 10, 2009

As investors have become more and more educated on the advantages of ETFs over traditional actively-managed mutual funds, billions of dollars have flowed into these funds, and ETFs have evolved from a cult following to a mainstream investment vehicle. Driven by the success of “plain vanilla” ETFs that offer exposure to well-known, broad-based equity and […]

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With the rapid declines in the equity markets over the past year and increasing worries about inflation, many investors have been looking for alternative ETF investments to reduce volatility in their portfolios and establish at least a partial hedge against deteriorating economic conditions. One of the most popular options for doing so has been commodity […]

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