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Precious metals are one of the rarest and most valuable commodities in the world, making them a popular investment tool for long-term buy-and-hold and short-term investors alike. Typically, this asset class has appeal as a safe haven, since its returns are generally greater in periods of high market volatility. Besides the commodity’s inherent use as a store of value, precious metals are also used in a number of manufacturing applications. Although gold is perhaps the most popular precious metal, palladium, platinum, and silver are also viable and potentially lucrative options to round out a portfolio’s commodity exposure [see our Commodity Guru ETFdb Portfolio]. [click to continue…]

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With the wallet-heavy holidays just around the corner, now is a great time for investors to see just where they are spending their money. ETF expense ratios often go unnoticed by investors, assumed to be a necessary cost of playing the game, but many expensive ETFs have a cheaper competitor product. Whether you hope to find extra income for presents or maybe justify turning the heat up to 80 degrees, if investors are spending too much on ETFs with high expense ratios, they are losing money [for ETF industry news, sign up for the free ETFdb Newsletter].

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Though it’s nothing compared to recent years, this past year has been marked by uncertainty, prompting investors to return in droves from safe haven accounts to the U.S. stock market. Investors have their eyes fixed on major indexes and other indicators to judge the overall health of our economy, but another way to judge the […]

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Brief History Of ETFs

by on September 11, 2012 | Updated December 8, 2014

Exchange-traded products are ubiquitous in the world of investing. The more than 1,600 products have accumulated billions of dollars, and are widely used by all types of investors, from individuals with relatively small accounts and simple strategies to sophisticated hedge funds managing billions. So it may be hard to believe that the ETF industry is […]

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This year has proven to be somewhat of a difficult year for gold, as this precious metal has struggled to maintain its footing amidst global economic uncertainty. It seems as though eurozone turmoil and a disappointingly slow road to recovery for the United States has become commonplace in today’s market. Nearly everyday, investors are bombarded with headlines from […]

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Bull or bear market, it’s undeniable that the ETF universe has grown like a weed. The exchange-traded product lineup is quickly approaching the 1,500 mark; veteran issuers and new entrants alike continue to ramp up developments at a blistering pace despite looming worries over the sluggish global recovery. As innovative, first-to-market ETFs hit the street every week, […]

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Bullish On India? Buy Gold ETFs

by on July 10, 2012 | Updated July 27, 2012

Eurozone debt drama continues to hog the headlines as the seemingly never-ending struggle to ensure financial stability in the currency bloc takes its toll on investors’ confidence. Lackluster economic data releases on the homefront haven’t done much to restore confidence in the global recovery, prompting investors to search far and wide for uncorrelated sources of returns. Previously […]

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After another choppy week of trading, investors will be on their toes for the coming week, as a number of factors have created high anxiety in the financial world. Perhaps the biggest piece of news is the threat of Greece exiting the euro, as it seems more and more likely each day that the indebted […]

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The evolution of the ETF industry has brought forth a host of strategies previously out of reach for mainstream investors. With over 1,400 products to choose from, investors can tap into an array of asset classes while enjoying the full benefits of the exchange-traded product structure such as ease of use, transparency, and enhanced tax […]

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Last week was relatively slow for equities, as a lack of significant data did not allow for much movement in general markets. Still, disappointing housing data did not do much in the way of paving the road to recovery, as many analysts and experts agree that housing is still a key to calling our economy […]

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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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Yet another earnings season has passed by and left us with plenty to talk about. Unfortunately, blue chip statements will no longer dominate markets, leaving us more vulnerable to news from the flailing euro zone, as evidenced by Friday’s trading day. For the next few months, investors will shift their attention back to economic data […]

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