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In the world of commodity investing, there is perhaps no resource as critical as crude oil. While traders embrace the fuel’s inherent volatility and potential for lucrative returns, the rest of the world views crude oil as a crucial ingredient to everyday modern life. As such, the price movements of crude oil are closely watched and the commodity’s recent rally has already begun to raise several red flags [see 25 Wild ETF Charts From 1H 2013]. [click to continue…]

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For investors seeking to gain exposure to energy prices–whether natural gas, crude oil, or anything in between–exchange-traded products have become popular tools to use. The widespread availability, superior transparency, and relatively low costs have obvious appeal; ETFs (and ETNs) have made access to commodities much easier and cheaper.

The ETF universe includes products that target several different types of energy resources, including crude oil, natural gas, Brent crude, heating oil, and gasoline. And in many of these categories, there are multiple options form which to choose. Below, we highlight some useful tools for screening commodity ETFs as well as a few of the noteworthy products for accessing each type of energy commodity:  [click to continue…]


In recent years, few corners of the investing world have been the subject of as much controversy, misinformation, and confusion as the leveraged ETF space. Last summer these securities received widespread coverage from the financial media, much of it either implying directly or alleging that leveraged ETFs were flawed investment vehicles designed to dupe average […]

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Pipeline Worries Give Oil ETFs A Boost

by on September 13, 2010 | Updated September 14, 2010

For the last several months crude oil prices have generally moved in unison with global equity markets, as the demand outlook for the critical fuel has changed along with macroeconomic prospects. But crude prices got a boost last week from an unexpected source; the rupture of a pipeline outside of Chicago caused a Canadian company […]

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Finding The Right Oil ETF For A Crude Rally

by on May 19, 2010 | Updated November 6, 2012

As storm clouds continue to gather over the euro zone, the repercussions of a rise in uncertainty have been felt in nearly every corner of the global economy. All assets denominated in euro have fallen out of favor. Financial stocks with exposure to European debt have been sold off. Even South American emerging markets have […]

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It’s been an interesting week in the world of ETFs:  U.S. equity markets ended the week on a sour note with most benchmarks down about 2%. Here are the ETF Database staff picks of the week’s most important and interesting stories from around the Web:

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Denver-based United States Commodity Funds has launched another exchange-traded commodity product, its first to offer inverse exposure to commodity prices. The United States Short Oil Fund (DNO) began trading this week on the NYSE Arca Exchange. DNO is the sixth product from United States Commodity funds, joining products offering exposure to crude oil (USO), natural […]

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