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Egypt has become the center of the news world over the last week, as a series of violent protests and intensifying calls for a regime change have left the future of one of Africa’s most populous countries in doubt. Though violence has been limited to a relatively small number of incidents, protesters have continued to take to the streets to decry what they perceive to be years of economic mismanagement under what amounts to a dictatorship. The U.S. and other countries have begun to call for their citizens to leave the country, while toeing a delicate line in terms of involvement in the conflict. [click to continue…]

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Commodities have been in the limelight for much of 2010, as prices have surged all across the board. Perhaps the most notable commodity movement is that of gold, which is currently trading near the $1,400/ounce mark, as the yellow metal broke all-time highs while skyrocketing in the latter half of the year. But aside from gold’s historic run, agricultural commodities have also been in focus as of late, as inclement weather across the world has slaughtered crop yields in many of the globe’s most important wheat producing nations. China’s heavy rains have sent cotton to historic highs and now, rough weather in Australia has put another commodity in focus, as supplies begin to bottleneck in comparison to robust global demand [see also What Cotton’s Surge Means For ETF Investors].

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Last week saw another string of active sessions in commodity markets, with precious metals continuing their climb higher and agricultural ETFs soaring on supply concerns around the world. The most interesting performance of the week came on Friday, when the Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN) added more than 14% on trading volume ten times its daily […]

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The Perfect Storm For The Corn ETF?

by on August 18, 2010 | Updated November 6, 2012

Population growth is a fairly common and straightforward driver of economic growth; as the number of people in a given market increases, so too does demand for products and services. Generally a positive development for the overall health of the global economy, there are some potential hazards to consider. In recent years various analysts have […]

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With equity markets surging as of late, commodities have been left on the back burner, an after-thought for most investors. However, recent events in both the sugar and wheat markets look to once again put commodity ETPs at the forefront of investors’ minds. While sugar is surging due to seasonality issues, wheat has been heavily […]

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For the investors who had been preaching on the need to brace for a surge in inflation in the wake of massive capital injections, credibility continues to slip away. Recent CPI readings have been tame, to say the least; deflation is a more immediate concern even in an environment where inflation rates are expected to […]

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Before the onset of the recent global recession, a decade-long commodity boom had delivered handsome returns to investors who established exposure to natural resources, as the prices of everything from apples to zinc climbed steadily on mounting scarcity concerns. During this prolonged run-up grains prices skyrocketed as food crises materialized, with a sharp economic pullback […]

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In recent years, ETF assets have climbed towards $1 trillion and the number of products has surged past 1,000. Much of the growth in both products and assets has been attributable to commodity ETFs, as investors have embraced the exchange-traded structure as an efficient way to add the benefits of natural resource exposure to their […]

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After falling off a cliff when the global economy began to sputter in late 2008, most commodities enjoyed a relatively strong recovery throughout the final three quarters of 2009. But when the calendars turned to 2010, fortunes reversed and natural resources began to slide, as a stronger dollar and weakening demand weighed on prices. While […]

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Recent years have seen the launch of hundreds of new exchange-traded products, many of which offer increasingly granular exposure to various asset classes. The latest innovation comes in the commodity space, where Vermont-based Teucrium Trading LLC filed with the SEC for an ETF that invests in Chicago Board of Trade Corn Futures. The Teucrium Corn […]

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The surge in popularity of ETFs is often credited with bringing buy-and-hold investors a cost-efficient alternative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds. But ETFs are also responsible for bringing several asset classes previously available only to the largest and most sophisticated individuals and institutions within reach of investors on all levels. While this “democratization” of investing […]

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Markets trended higher in the holiday shortened week, as the S&P 500 flirted with and then crossed the 1,100 mark. The dollar strengthened throughout the week as debt clouds continue to hang over the euro zone and after the Fed raised the discount rate to 75 basis points. Below, we offer our picks for the […]

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