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A Brief History of Commodity ETF Spikes

by on July 30, 2014 | Updated April 8, 2015

Commodity investing has long been known for its volatility, attracting traders who seek large daily movements to generate returns. After the ETF industry made investing in these hard assets more accessible, the popularity of utilizing these assets reached new highs. Over the past few years, commodity ETFs have seen a number of wild rides, as their underlying assets have made violent swings time and again. Below, we present a history of some of the most notable commodity ETF swings ever and what fueled these massive movements [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free ETF Daily Roundup]. [click to continue…]


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 of its own, in order to capitalize on this bullish investment thesis over the coming three months [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]. [click to continue…]

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Wall Street was in for a volatile trading session, as ongoing concerns over the looming fiscal cliff overshadowed a slew of positive economic reports. Stocks made some headway this morning after orders of durable goods came in better than expected in October. Meanwhile, the S&P Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 3% from the year prior and consumer […]

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After a seesaw trading day, markets managed to claw their way into positive territory, as investors cooled off from the vicious post-election sell off. Equities lost most of their earlier gains today after the President gave his first speech since re-election. Obama indicated that he is “open to new ideas” on coming up with a […]

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For investors looking to achieve exposure to agricultural commodities through ETPs, two of the most popular options on the market are the PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (DBA) and iPath Dow Jones-UBS Agriculture ETN (JJA). On the surface, these two products may seem to be similar; both offer broad-based exposure to ags using futures contracts through […]

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Markets Clear Technical Hurdle

by on October 22, 2011

Earnings season is well underway and investors on Wall Street appear to be quite content with the latest round of corporate performance results from industry leaders. Debt-woes stemming from the Euro zone continue to dominate headlines as investors anxiously await for policymakers to agree upon a comprehensive plan in the near future. Domestic equity indexes […]

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Markets Take Cues From Europe

by on October 19, 2011

Wall Street started off the week in red territory following concerns that the euro zone debt-drama may take much longer to resolve than investors had originally anticipated last week. Euphoria was quick to return to the markets on Tuesday, however, as stocks soared in the last hour of trading, following an unofficial report that Germany […]

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Which Way Will The Bulls Run?

by on October 17, 2011

Stocks finished in bright green territory last week as investor worries over the Euro zone subsided, while corporate earnings at home gave the bulls a reason to come back to Wall Street. France and Germany pledged their full support  to the debt-stricken currency block and promised a concrete plan to ensure stability by November. Gold […]

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No Jobs For Labor Day

by on September 3, 2011

Grim jobs data on Friday put stocks in a hole right from the opening bell as investors were quite displeased to see that the U.S. economy did not add any jobs in August. Nonfarm payrolls were unchanged for the month, posting the weakest performance in labor payroll data since September of 2010. Unemployment is sitting […]

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Equities Back In Black

by on August 31, 2011

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is, after an extremely shaky summer period, back in positive territory for the year. Equity markets have gotten off to a strong start this week, opening above last Friday’s close on Monday and pushing higher through Wednesday. As talked about in previous editions of ETF Insider, the S&P 500 has […]

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Markets In Limbo

by on August 29, 2011

Equity markets were dangerously volatile last week, extending the ongoing theme of “uncertainty” for yet another week. Domestic equity indexes are largely stuck in “no man’s land”, and until there is some consistent price action above key support levels (above 1,200 for S&P 500), we recommend for most investors to stay on the sidelines. Even […]

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Thanks to rising oil prices and poor harvests around the world related to extreme weather, food prices have been escalating for much of the past year. The trend hasn’t just impacted commodity crops such as sugar or cocoa either; staple foods such as corn, wheat, and rice are all soaring higher thanks to a confluence […]

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