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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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Natural gas ETFs are some of the hottest picks in the exchange-traded space, as many feel that this commodity will have a significant role in our future energy use. For plain vanilla, futures-based exposure, investors have long turned to the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG). While UNG may be one of the most liquid funds in the space, it is, in fact, one of the worst performing ETFs in history and has earned a relatively negative name for itself. [click to continue…]

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With the finish line in sight, it’s fairly safe to say that 2011 will be remembered by most investors as a wild, back-and-forth year that brought plenty of both hope and despair. A hot start raised optimism of a continued recovery after a generally impressive 2011, but the summer months were anything but relaxing; major […]

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ProShares, the largest issuer of geared ETFs that has made a push into the alternatives space, adding two more products to its lineup late last week. The new Ultra DJ-UBS Natural Gas (BOIL) and UltraShort DJ-UBS Natural Gas (KOLD) are both linked to the Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Subindex, a benchmark that consists of natural […]

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Commodity ETPs can be extremely powerful tools for tapping into an asset class capable of providing both return enhancement and diversification benefits. With dozens of products available–there are more than 120 U.S.-listed commodity ETFs according to the ETF screener–picking the right fund for your investment objectives and risk tolerances can be challenging. Beyond the type […]

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iPath has introduced its Seasonal Natural Gas ETN (DCNG), giving investors yet another way to gain exposure to natural gas prices through exchange-traded products. The new ETN will be linked to the Barclays Capital Natural Gas Seasonal TR Index, a benchmark that is designed to reflect the returns that are potentially available by maintaining an […]

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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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As the ETF industry has grown and evolved, the product lineup has become increasingly sophisticated. Many of the products now hitting the market are designed to address issues posed by earlier indexed products, as issuers strive to devise new strategies for accessing both traditional and exotic asset classes. A number of issuers, led by Schwab […]

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If the world’s history of man-made disasters has taught us anything, it is to learn from our mistakes. The 1979 Three Mile Island and 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor incidents put a damper on nuclear power plant construction that the U.S. still has not recovered from. Now, we are faced with the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s […]

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In recent years, ETF assets have climbed towards $1 trillion and the number of products has surged past 1,000. Much of the growth in both products and assets has been attributable to commodity ETFs, as investors have embraced the exchange-traded structure as an efficient way to add the benefits of natural resource exposure to their […]

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Corn ETF (CORN) Debuts

by on June 9, 2010 | Updated November 6, 2012

The last two years have seen a tremendous surge in the number of exchange-traded products available to U.S. investors. While there have been several “copycat” products to hit the market, the vast majority of new fund launches have focuses first-to-market ETFs unlike anything already out there. Skeptics have been saying for a while that all […]

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UNG Springs A Leak

by on April 12, 2010

Since its launch in April 2007. the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) has endured a strange existence. After enjoying moderate success during its first 18 months–assets stood at more than $700 million at the end of 2008, UNG exploded as the natural gas craze hit and investors lined up for access to the “fuel […]

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