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Commodity ETFs burst onto the scene a few years ago, as these products democratized an asset class that was once difficult to reach for many retail investors. Now, these products are among the most traded in the ETF space and are often coveted for the volatility and potential returns that they provide. This year saw no shortage of big movements in the commodity ETF world, as these products jumped across the board. Below, we outline the best and worst commodity funds on the year to give you a better idea of which segments outperformed, and which ones lagged behind [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Issuers big and small continue to fill the development pipeline and with the total product lineup approaching the 1,500 mark, ETF investors are sure to have choices when it comes to shopping around. The ETF Database makes it easy for prospective buyers to slice-and-dice the exchange-traded universe whichever way they want; the ETF Screener allows you to quickly and easily filter down the list of products by dozens of descriptive criteria like asset class, region and sector. Our newest addition, the ETF Analyzer, is by far the most flexible tool available; this resource allows investors to compare a variety of potential investments on a number of criteria, including everything from performance and dividend yield to total holdings and volatility [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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April was somewhat of a calming month for markets, as geopolitical concerns took a back seat to earnings reports and a relatively uneventful Federal Reserve meeting. This month saw two of the world’s most popular commodities, oil and gold, soar to levels not seen since before the market crashed in 2008. In fact, gold is […]

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Barclays Bank PLC rolled out 18 new exchange-traded notes on Thursday, introducing a new suite of products designed to give investors exposure to various commodities. Each of the new ETNs is linked to a Barclays Capital Pure Beta Index, a lineup of benchmarks designed to provide a more representative measure of commodity market returns. The […]

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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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