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ETFs have simplified and democratized the investment process by leaps and bounds over the years. These financial instruments have helped to open up doors to strategies and asset classes that were previously out-of-reach for most self-directed investors; however, with innovation also comes complexity, and ETFs are no exception to this rule [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].  [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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April was somewhat of a calming month for markets, as geopolitical concerns took a back seat to earnings reports and a relatively uneventful Federal Reserve meeting. This month saw two of the world’s most popular commodities, oil and gold, soar to levels not seen since before the market crashed in 2008. In fact, gold is […]

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Barclays Bank PLC rolled out 18 new exchange-traded notes on Thursday, introducing a new suite of products designed to give investors exposure to various commodities. Each of the new ETNs is linked to a Barclays Capital Pure Beta Index, a lineup of benchmarks designed to provide a more representative measure of commodity market returns. The […]

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