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Sell On The Pop Prospects: October 6th Edition

by on October 6, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive short selling opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as sell candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in a downtrend based on the fact that it is trading below its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are popular indicators for gauging long-term and medium-term trends, respectively. [click to continue…]

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2014 marks the fifth year of the current bull run, as markets try to extend their winning ways for a sixth consecutive 12-month stretch. Just last month, the S&P 500 cracked 1,900 for the first time, a major psychological level that a number of analysts took as a bullish sign. The year as a whole, however, has been relatively rocky, with equities struggling to maintain a definitive direction. This has led to a resurgence in interest in commodities and fixed income, two asset classes that mainly sat on the sidelines for the market run-up [for ore ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free Daily ETF Roundup]. [click to continue…]

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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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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 […]

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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) […]

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Even the most focused investors know that the best way to defend their portfolio against risk is to diversify their assets. This is even more true for commodity ETF investors, where too often funds claim to be “diversified” but still have upwards of 70% of their total assets allocated to a specific commodity. Oil and gas […]

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Ultimate Guide To “Third Generation” Commodity ETPs

by on August 8, 2012 | Updated August 14, 2012

The introduction of commodity ETPs has opened up a previously difficult to reach corners of the market to investors of all walks. No need to open up a costly (and complex) futures trading account, as this asset class is now available with all of the benefits inherent to the exchange-traded product structure, including transparency, intraday liquidity and […]

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Under the umbrella of exchange-traded products, ETNs have attracted far less interest than their ETF cousins and now represent only a small portion of total ETP assets. Exchange-traded notes are debt instruments linked to the performance of an index, and as a result there won’t be any tracking error with these products. Although these investment vehicles […]


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 […]


As far as the majority of the ETF industry is concerned, size is everything. Institutions and financial advisors often have minimum AUM requirements for investing; a pre-screen that many ETFs fail due to their smaller size. Even individual investors are quick to write off a fund with low assets, as they assume its low popularity […]

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Financial advisors and individual investors who have embraced ETFs are generally painted as a cost conscious crowd, passing over expensive active mutual funds in favor of cheap indexing strategies. In general ETFs are considerably cheaper than mutual funds, thanks not only to the indexing strategy but also to the more efficient exchange-traded structure. But not […]

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Though the entire ETF industry has grown at a blistering pace, certain segments of the market have expanded much more quickly than others over the past few years. Few types of financial products have seen stronger asset growth than commodity ETPs, as investors of all sophistication levels have embraced the exchange-traded structure as the most efficient means […]

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