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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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As investors remain cautious ahead of tomorrow’s crucial ECB meeting, markets struggled to find a definitive direction, dipping in and out of red territory throughout the day. A sour manufacturing report from the Euro Zone weighed heavily on investors, as the Markit’s composite purchasing managers’ index fell in August from July. Bellwether delivery company FedEx also made today’s headlines, as the firm lowered its first-quarter earnings forecast, citing the global economic slowdown and weak output from Europe and China as the main factors for the decline. With these reports adding to the numerous red flags seen across the globe, investors have placed heavy expectations on ECB President Mario Draghi to deliver concrete plans to help boost the plagued region in tomorrow’s highly anticipated meeting [see Ten Commandments Of ETF Investing].  [click to continue…]

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With no major economic news, markets straddled the flat line for most of the day as trading volumes sunk to rather anemic levels. For the most part, investors have been treading lightly the last few days as they await Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech later this week at the annual symposium in Jackson Hole, […]

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In general, 2010 has been a pretty solid year for most portfolios. Despite lingering concerns about unemployment and mounting debt burdens, most global equity markets have moved higher on the year. Commodity markets have been red hot, with prices of many natural resources climbing to new highs thanks to strong demand from emerging markets and […]

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In recent months, a variety of commodities have surged to multi-year highs as strong emerging markets demand has combined with a weak dollar to propel virtually every natural resource sharply higher. As the year has gone on, supply disruptions have also played a significant role in the commodity price boom, as disastrous crops in both […]

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Many of the most popular commodity products offer exposure to a diversified basket of natural resources, including industrial and precious metals, agricultural commodities, and energy. Among single-commodity products, the most popular are–not surprisingly–those focusing on physical gold and futures contracts on natural gas and crude oil. But the impressive expansion of the commodity ETF space […]

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Many commodities have surged in recent weeks–especially base metals such as copper–on hopes of a continued economic recovery and increased demand from both emerging and developed markets. But not all resources have participated in the recent surge; many of the “soft” commodities, including sugar and cocoa, have slumped. After soaring to finish 2009, the iPath […]

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