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As the ETF industry continues its rapid development, investors can now gain cheap and easy access to nearly every corner of the investable universe, including the previously hard to reach commodities market. For many years, commodity trading was reserved for only highly-skilled futures traders. But now the evolution of the ETF world has democratized this asset class, allowing average investors to place their bets on this lucrative corner of the market. From hyper-targeted products that track a single futures contract to funds that cast a wider net over the space, investors can choose from multiple commodity ETF options. [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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Ultimate Guide To “Third Generation” Commodity ETPs

by on August 8, 2012 | Updated August 14, 2012

The introduction of commodity ETPs has opened up a previously difficult to reach corners of the market to investors of all walks. No need to open up a costly (and complex) futures trading account, as this asset class is now available with all of the benefits inherent to the exchange-traded product structure, including transparency, intraday liquidity and low expenses, as well as enhanced tax efficiencies. Thanks to ongoing innovation in the industry, investors can now tap into products with unique methodologies that strive to combat perhaps the greatest foe to any commodity investor: contango [see also Everything You Need To Know About Commodity ETFs].

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UBS, one of the largest issuers of ETNs including a number of commodity products, is the latest to make an addition to the fast-growing ETP lineup. The new ETRACS DJ-UBS Commodity Index 2-4-6 Blended Futures ETN (BLND) will take a unique approach to delivering exposure to commodity futures. The underlying Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index 2-4-6 […]

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The month of May was a generally disappointing stretch for investors, as both international and domestic equity markets struggled to overcome obstacles new and old. Commodities, which had been a nice source of absolute returns for much of the last year, fell on hard times as well; precious metals went into a brief freefall, and […]

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The incredible growth in ETF assets in recent years has come not from the equity corner of the investable asset universe, but from an asset class that generally receives a very minor allocation in long-term portfolios (if any at all). Cash inflows into commodity ETFs in the first half of the year topped $18 billion, […]

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ETF Plays For A Falling U.S. Dollar

by on November 2, 2009 | Updated June 24, 2010

As U.S. equity markets have soared in recent months, the dollar has steadily declined against most of its major rivals, recently falling below the key $1.50 level against the euro for the first time since August of last year. This extended fall has investors wondering if the dollar’s decline reflects temporary volatility, or a long-term […]

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UBS, under its E-TRACS brand, launched a new exchange-traded note (ETN) yesterday that offers exposure to the DJ-UBS Commodity Index Total Return. This benchmark is designed to provide diversified commodity exposure based on the economic significance of each commodity. The index measures the collateralized returns on a basket of 19 commodity futures contracts representing energy, […]

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