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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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As we put the finishing touches on 2010, the year has shaped up to be one of the most eventful in recent memory for global markets as a number of important events impacted the world economy. Among the events that dominated financial headlines this year were an (ongoing) sovereign debt crisis, the flash crash, a violent volcanic eruption that grounded air traffic for some time in Europe, a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and another wave of quantitative easing aimed to get the U.S. back on track. Equities have struggled to fall into a pattern, as the S&P 500 started the year off around 1,132, and has managed to fight through uncertainty to gain around 100 points on the year. Overall, a 100 point gain seems solid from the outside looking in, but halfway through 2010, the S&P was down 100 points from its opening level, showing how tumultuous this year has been.

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Best Performing ETFs Of 2009

by on December 21, 2009 | Updated April 30, 2010

Following a year that saw some of the worst performances in recent memory, many asset classes have bounced back in  2009. But some have performed better than others, and as the year draws to a close we take a look at some of the best-performing ETFs. The year’s top gainers include a few of the […]

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The Definitive Silver ETF Guide: Silver ETF Investing 101

by on November 12, 2009 | Updated November 1, 2012

While most investors are well aware of gold’s unprecedented march to $1,900/oz., far fewer are familiar with the yellow metal’s often overlooked cousin, silver. Although silver has flown under the radar, many investors consider the metal to be a sound investment due to robust industrial demand, its traditional role as a store of value, and […]


One of Europe’s most prominent ETF sponsors has jumped across the pond, making its initial foray into the U.S. markets. ETF Securities (ETFS), which has about $12 billion invested in more than 130 products worldwide, launched the ETFS Silver Trust (SIVR) on Friday. The new fund will trade on the NYSE Arca Exchange, and has […]

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