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As the ETF industry has expanded in recent years, a significant portion of growth has come from the tremendous rise in popularity of exchange-traded commodity products. In addition to broad-based funds such as DBC or DJCI, several commodity-specific products have accumulated billions of dollars in assets, and several were even among the very largest of all ETFs at the end of 2009. In addition to the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), the second largest ETF with more than $40 billion of assets, silver (SLV, $5.2 billion), natural gas (UNG, $4.6 billion), and crude oil (USO, $2.6 billion) have become extremely popular investments. [click to continue…]

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