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For retail investors, ETFs have leveled the playing field and opened all sorts of alternative asset classes and strategies to the mainstream. One asset class that has surged in popularity has been commodity and natural resource investing. As such, the number of ETFs in this area has exploded and now represents one of the largest fund categories around. Currently, there are over 110 different funds that track futures and hard asset prices [see Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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The new year has been quite kind to equity markets, however, savvy investors have been reluctant to get too comfortable, given the largely uncertain global economic outlook. With 2012 in the history books, it’s that time of year again to peer into the future and devise strategies suited for the unpredictable road ahead. Financial behemoth BlackRock (BLK), also the parent of iShares ETPs, has laid out its 2013 outlook, citing several major themes that appear poised to have an impact on the investment landscape in the year ahead [see also Favorite ETF Positions For 5 Super Investors].

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United States Commodity Funds announced this week the debut of an ETF that offers exposure to a basket of metals futures contracts, giving investors seeking exposure to this corner of the commodities market a new tool at their disposal. The United States Metals Index Fund (USMI) will seek to replicate the SummerHaven Dynamic Metals Index […]

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After capping off one of the strongest first quarters in 14 years, major benchmarks have stalled their rally, as conflicting data from all around the world has put markets in a rut. As we head into the summer months, investors will hope overarching issues, like European debt, will cool off but all indications point to […]

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United States Commodity Funds rolled out another addition to its suite of “third generation” commodity ETPs this week, debuting a fund that will take a unique approach to delivering access to agriculture commodities. The United States Agriculture Index Fund (USAG) will implement a variation of the methodology used by USCI, dubbed the “contango killer” commodity […]

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Following the massive injections into capital markets in recent years, inflation has become a major concern of many investors, and the quest to uncover assets that offer portfolio protection against a potential uptick in the CPI has taken on many forms. While inflation-protected bonds are the instrument of choice for some, others have turned their […]

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