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How Gold ETFs Are Taxed

by on June 25, 2014 | Updated July 2, 2014

When it comes to commodity investing, taxes can be something of a burden for investors. Trying to figure out which tax form you will need to complete and the specific tax rates can be a pain come April of every year. ETFs have helped to simplify a number of those issues, but there still is some misunderstanding when it comes the most popular commodity products — gold ETFs [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free ETF Daily Roundup]. [click to continue…]

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Over the last few years, gold has become one of the most polarizing assets in the investing world. After surging to new highs in mid 2011, the precious metal had investors and analysts alike clamoring for more gains. The commodity suffered a correction in 2013, finally ending a 12-year bull-run while invoking the interest of many who hope to time the bottom. For those looking to invest in gold, we outline 25 ETFs that take varying approaches to the metal and help you add gold exposure to your portfolio [for more gold ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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2013 was a great year for broad markets, as it was largely dominated by a relentless bull-run that saw equities touch all-time highs. However, while some assets prospered, the commodity world struggled. This was best evidenced by the DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund , which tracks futures on the 14 most popular commodities in the […]

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Suppose that natural gas prices are on the rise and you’d like to capitalize. Like most retail investors, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are probably the first thing that comes to mind, as they’re a lot easier to buy than commodity contracts. So, you decide to purchase a natural gas ETF that holds natural gas futures contracts […]

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The Best Gold ETF…Isn’t An ETF

by on April 9, 2012 | Updated May 17, 2012

As interest in gold as an investable asset has increased in recent years, more and more investors looking to gain exposure to the precious metal are turning to exchange-traded products. U.S.-listed gold ETPs now have assets in excess of $80 billion, representing a material portion of the total industry. Gold ETPs have generally performed very […]

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VelocityShares, the issuer behind several popular ETNs linked to volatility-based indexes, made a big expansion to its product lineup this week with the launch of eight notes offering leveraged exposure to various precious metals. The new additions include both long and inverse offerings covering gold (3x), silver (3x), platinum (2x), and palladium (2x). Each of […]

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As the roster of exchange-traded products has grown to nearly 1,300, many investors find themselves with the luxury of multiple options for establishing a position in a desired asset class. There are, for example, four different pharmaceutical ETFs, three homebuilder funds, and even two choices for playing the automotive industry. Once the ETF universe has […]

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Futures-based investing has long been a popular option for those looking to gain exposure to commodities that were otherwise difficult to reach. But with the introduction of ETFs came increased granularity in this investing segment, as there are now exchange traded products that offer exposure to a wide variety of commodities through a single ticker. […]

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For ETF Investors, The Details Matter (Part II)

by on January 17, 2011 | Updated June 12, 2014

In another article, we highlighted several often-overlooked nuances of popular exchange-traded products, detailing the surprisingly large impact that seemingly minor distinctions can have on a portfolio’s risk/return profile. From the weighting methodology employed by the underlying index to the choice between large caps and small caps for international equity exposure, many details that are often the […]

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One of the major stories of the past few months has been the impressive rally in gold prices, which have repeatedly touched new record highs in recent sessions. Fueled by concerns about the impact of further quantitative easing and weakness in the U.S. dollar, gold has climbed steadily higher even as equity markets have showed […]

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Gold ETFs: Boom Or Bust?

by on October 15, 2010

With the end of 2010 rapidly approaching, much of the uncertainty that investors had expected to lift this year remains firmly in place. Equity markets have staged an impressive rally in recent months, but significant hurdles remain in the form of persistently-high unemployment, regulatory uncertainty, and fiscal instability throughout much of the developed world [see […]

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The rise of the ETF industry has changed the way many approach investing. The rock-bottom expense ratios charged by many ETFs have sparked a closer look at the merits of active management and a more critical look at the fees charged by traditional actively-managed mutual funds (see The True Cost Of Active Management). The ability […]

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