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2013 was a great year for broad markets, as it was largely dominated by a relentless bull-run that saw equities touch all-time highs. However, while some assets prospered, the commodity world struggled. This was best evidenced by the DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC, A), which tracks futures on the 14 most popular commodities in the world; the fund sank more than 8% in 2013 while SPY jumped more than 26%. Many of the funds that struggled saw unfavorable supply and demand trends around the globe, while others suffered as investors rushed into white-hot equities. Still, a handful of products were able to come away with gains on the year. [click to continue…]

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Gold is certainly the most popular precious metal to invest in. ETFs are available that cover every sector of this enormous market, but some investors may wish to achieve more broad-based exposure to precious metals. Few corners of the exchange-traded product world have seen more explosive growth in recent years than precious metals, as investors have embraced these vehicles as an incredibly efficient way to access assets that have turned in some monster performance results in recent years. But even then, these basket funds often have a heavier hand in gold than investors realize [Download How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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ETFs have emerged as popular tools for establishing exposure to a wide variety of asset classes, ranging from U.S. Treasuries to Vietnamese equities. But few corners of the exchange-traded product world have seen more explosive growth in recent years than precious metals, as investors have embraced these vehicles as the most efficient way to access […]

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The attention of investors shifted from the Middle East to Japan late last week, as the natural devastation caused by a massive earthquake trumped the manmade chaos that has been playing out in Libya, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere in the oil-rich region. With rescue efforts intensifying in the north of Japan after a magnitude 8.9 […]

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The pace of new fund launches may have slowed in the ETF industry in recent weeks, but there’s no shortage of behind-the-scenes activity filling the product pipeline with more intriguing ideas. Continuing the trend of innovation in the ETF space, most of the recent filings outline unique products not currently available in ETF form, and […]

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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 Definitive Silver ETF Guide: Silver ETF Investing 101

by on November 12, 2009 | Updated November 1, 2012

While most investors are well aware of gold’s unprecedented march to $1,900/oz., far fewer are familiar with the yellow metal’s often overlooked cousin, silver. Although silver has flown under the radar, many investors consider the metal to be a sound investment due to robust industrial demand, its traditional role as a store of value, and […]

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