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With ETFs linked to nearly every commodity imaginable, previously hard-to-invest-in commodities now have the potential to be house-hold investments. While you used to need a futures trading account to trade oil, now anyone with an equity trading account can buy an oil ETF; same goes for gold as well as a host of other commodities [Download Everything You Need To Know About Commodities].

But does the added interest and easy access to commodities through ETFs push up the price of that commodity? [click to continue…]

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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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Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions.

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How to Use a Pairs Trading Strategy With ETFs

by on February 25, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

Pairs trading is a dynamic trading strategy any ETF trader can add to their playbook. Some traders use the strategy during volatile market conditions in an attempt to control risk; others use it because they favor one investment over another but realize they could be wrong and want to hedge their bet; and others use […]


Oil ETF Investing: Five Ways To Play

by on August 2, 2010 | Updated December 8, 2014

Commodity ETFs have seen a tremendous surge in popularity in recent years, as the marriage of futures contracts the exchange-traded structure has democratized an asset class that was once accessible only to large, sophisticated investors. Oil ETFs have become particularly popular, as investors have embraced the opportunity to bet on one of the world’s most […]


USO vs. OIL: A Better Crude Oil ETF?

by on April 15, 2010 | Updated November 13, 2012

With the summer driving season just around the corner, surging GDP growth around the world, and another earnings season off to an impressive start, more and more investors are taking a closer look at oil markets. As OPEC begins to once again flex its collective muscle and demand from emerging markets continues to build, some […]

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The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has seen its influence over the global energy market wane in recent years, as a prolonged economic downturn caused demand for oil to plummet, limiting the effectiveness of the group’s once eagerly-anticipated supply decisions. But with a seemingly stable recovery underway and many emerging markets demonstrating an insatiable […]

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Five Ultra Popular ETNs

by on March 16, 2010 | Updated November 13, 2012

Most of what’s written about ETNs is cautionary in nature, focusing on the credit risk inherent in any debt security. And with good reason; the risks of ETN investing are very real. While most exchange-traded notes are issued by major financial institutions with lofty credit ratings, the last few years have taught investors that credit […]


The International Energy Agency (IEA), an energy advisor to rich nations such as the U.S., released its highly-anticipated World Energy Outlook on Tuesday, singling out potential climate change initiatives as a major driver of oil consumption and prices in coming decades. If a major agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions is signed and implemented in […]

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The Definitive Oil ETF Guide: List of Oil ETFs and More

by on October 22, 2009 | Updated November 1, 2012

Direct investment in crude oil products used to be limited to major financial institutions and oil companies themselves, but the development of the ETF industry in the U.S. has democratized the investment process in many ways, including making investments in various oil products accessible to average investors. There are a number of exchange-traded products that […]

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It’s been an interesting week the world of ETFs:  ETFs trended upwards at the beginning of the week but fell back in trading late Thursday and Friday. Here are the ETF Database staff picks of the week’s most important and interesting stories from around the Web:

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Iraq Opens Its Doors: Oil & Gas ETFs In Focus

by on June 25, 2009 | Updated August 12, 2009

Big oil is turning its attention to Iraq once again. But this time, instead of fear and dread, oil companies are looking to the Gulf state with hope and optimism. In recent years, the Iraqi oil industry usually made the news for all the wrong reasons: sabotages of pipelines, bomb attacks at drilling sites, employee […]

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