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As the ETF industry continues its rapid development, investors can now gain cheap and easy access to nearly every corner of the investable universe, including the previously hard to reach commodities market. For many years, commodity trading was reserved for only highly-skilled futures traders. But now the evolution of the ETF world has democratized this asset class, allowing average investors to place their bets on this lucrative corner of the market. From hyper-targeted products that track a single futures contract to funds that cast a wider net over the space, investors can choose from multiple commodity ETF options. [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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Interest in commodity investments has boomed in recent years, and billions of dollars have poured into the space, most noticeably in the form of exchange-traded products. With so many choices out there, it’s well worth taking the time to highlight special cases that may offer investors unique opportunities; the United States Commodity Index Fund (USCI) is one such fund [see Everything You Need To Know About Commodity ETFs].

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After ending on a relatively positive note last week, U.S equities faltered today as retail sales came in worse than expected and investors prepare for a slew of corporate earnings. Though some might say that today’s decline is simply due to markets taking a necessary breather after Friday’s wild trading session, many argue that second […]

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17 ETFs For Day Traders

by on July 13, 2012 | Updated July 9, 2014

Investors of all walks have embraced ETFs as the investment vehicle of choice when it comes to accessing virtually any asset class in the global market. Persistent innovation in the exchange-traded universe has further propelled ETPs at the forefront of many active traders’ radar screens given the diverse, and growing, lineup of liquid financial instruments. […]

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French banking behemoth BNP Paribas has become the latest financial institution to jump into the ETF industry, rolling out an exchange-traded commodity product this week. The new STREAM S&P Dynamic Roll Global Commodities Fund (BNPC) will seek to replicate the S&P GSCI Dynamic Roll Excess Return Index, a broad-based index of commodity futures that uses a flexible […]

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101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn

by on May 23, 2012 | Updated June 12, 2014

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have burst on to the scene in the late 2000s and early 2010s, raking in hundreds of billions of dollars in assets and prompting a major shift towards indexing strategies in the process. ETFs have empowered financial advisors (FAs), registered investment advisors (RIAs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), money managers, and retail investors […]

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The growth of the ETF industry has spawned numerous tools that bring forth previously difficult-to-reach corners of the market at the fingertips of mainstream investors. The evolution of the exchange-traded product structure has not only become the preferred vehicle for investors looking to achieve cost-efficient diversification, this instrument has also struck a chord with active traders. ETFs […]

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UBS, one of the largest issuers of ETNs including a number of commodity products, is the latest to make an addition to the fast-growing ETP lineup. The new ETRACS DJ-UBS Commodity Index 2-4-6 Blended Futures ETN (BLND) will take a unique approach to delivering exposure to commodity futures. The underlying Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index 2-4-6 […]

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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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France Downgrade Erodes Confidence

by on January 14, 2012

Equities inched higher throughout the week, bolstered by positive economic data release on the home front coupled with encouraging developments in the debt burdened Euro zone. Euphoria spread throughout Wall Street as investors digested better-than-expected consumer credit data along with optimistic forward looking commentary released by the Fed in the latest Beige Book report. Investors […]

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Beware Of Lingering Euro Fears

by on January 9, 2012

Equity markets hit the ground running last week as investors came back from the holiday weekend with a fairly optimistic outlook for 2012. U.S. stocks started off the year with a solid rally as investors’ confidence was bolstered by multiple better-than-expected economic data reports; consistent improvements in the housing market coupled with a downtick in […]

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When Structure Matters: ETF, ETN, Or Other?

by on December 12, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

As some financial advisors are now well aware, the term “ETF” is often used rather liberally to refer to a variety of different exchange-traded products that generally function in the same manner from the perspective of an investor. More accurately, ETFs can be described as a type of exchange-traded product, or ETP, an umbrella that […]

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