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  • An Alternative ETF Play for Rising Interest Rate Risks

    03-22-2017 05:56 PM by Max Chen

    Many investors are looking for ways to hedge their fixed-income portfolios in a rising interest rate environment. Consequently, more are turning to alternative assets and exchange traded funds as a way to diminish portfolio volatility while still maintaining some upside poten...

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  • Silver ETFs Keep Their Shine Amid Rate Hike Concerns

    02-21-2017 10:47 AM by Brenton Garen

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) nudged higher last week, bringing their year-to-date gains to about 13%. Even amid concerns that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates in March, silver appears poised for more near-t...

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  • Investors Renew Their Affinity For Gold ETFs

    02-09-2017 10:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    For a good part of 2016, gold exchange traded products, including the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), were prolific asset gatherers, but that theme ebbed late in the year amid concerns abou...

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  • A Hot Commodities ETF That can Deliver More Upside

    01-25-2017 10:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    The PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC), which offers exposure to multiple commodities, is among the commodities exchange traded products that can deliver for investors if markets readjust toward the idea that the U.S. dollar is due for a near-term pu...

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  • Commodity ETFs Could Enjoy 2017

    01-04-2017 10:39 AM by Brenton Garen

    The rising dollar and the Federal Reserve's first interest rate hike of the year sent precious metals and the corresponding ETFs tumbling to end 2016. However, oil and oil exchange traded products got a lift after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and ot...

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  • 2016 was Mostly Kind to Gold ETFs

    01-03-2017 10:31 AM by Brenton Garen

    Gold exchange traded products, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) struggled in the fourth quarter, but broadly speaking, gold was a solid idea during 2016. Gold has enjoyed great...

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  • Gold ETFs can Bounce Back

    12-29-2016 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded products, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) are encountering plenty of headwinds to end 2016. However, that could be creating an opportunity for bull...

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  • Dollar ETFs Keep Grinding Higher

    12-29-2016 09:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    Up nearly 4% year-to-date, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) is now one of this years top currency exchange traded funds. With the greenback residing near multi-year highs, UUP just keeps grinding higher. UUP tracks the price movement ...

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  • This Currency Could Fall Again in 2017

    12-28-2016 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Down 4.6% year-to-date, the CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) is one of 2016's worst-performing currency exchange traded funds. Euro bulls should be careful if they are betting on better things for the common currency in 2017. The European Central Ba...

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  • Some Doubts About Oil ETFs

    12-27-2016 10:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, have recently been solid performers among commodities exchange traded products...

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  • Maybe Some Catalysts for Gold ETFs

    12-27-2016 09:30 AM by Brenton Garen

    The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) and other gold exchange traded products have been drubbed to end 2016, but some gold bugs see catalysts to help lift the yellow metal next year. ...

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  • Gold ETFs Deal With Lower 2017 Forecasts

    12-23-2016 08:15 AM by Brenton Garen

    The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) and other gold exchange traded products started 2016 with a bang, but are closing the year with a whimper. Over the past month, the big-name ...

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  • Cotton ETN Faces Challenges

    12-22-2016 07:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    The iPath Bloomberg Cotton Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: BAL) is among the commodities exchange traded products getting pinched by the recently resurgent U.S. dollar. Over the past month, BAL is lower by 5% and some agriculture commodities market observers are concerne...

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  • More Downside Seen for Euro ETF

    11-18-2016 11:17 AM by Brenton Garen

    Earlier this year, the CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was performing admirably and was one of the better-performing developed market currency exchange traded funds. Those days are long gone as FXE has slumped into negative territory, a decline that has rec...

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  • Coming to Grips With Dollar ETFs Post-Election

    11-09-2016 10:30 AM by Brenton Garen

    The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), the exchange traded funds proxy for the U.S. Dollar Index, is slightly lower over the past week, but the fund did rise on Election Day, indicating that the greenback could be poised for more upside after marke...

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  • Another Fed Meeting, Another Chance for Dollar ETFs

    09-20-2016 11:44 AM by Brenton Garen

    The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, has been victimized this year by ...

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  • A Bearish Call on Oil ETF Investing

    09-16-2016 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, are dealing with numerous external forces this year, including varying views on oil pric...

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  • Pressure Remains on Pound ETF Post-Brexit

    09-15-2016 10:42 AM by Brenton Garen

    Down 10.4% year-to-date, the CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB), which tracks the British pounds movement against the U.S. dollar, is easily one of this year's worst-performing currency exchange traded funds. Much of FXB's bearishness is attributable t...

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  • Support Grows for Canadian Currency ETF

    09-06-2016 10:39 AM by Brenton Garen

    It could be a while before the Bank of Canada raises interest rates, but that has not stopped the CurrencyShares Canadian Dollar Trust (NYSE: FXC) from being a solid performer among developed markets currency exchange traded funds this year. FXC, which tracks the movements of the...

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  • Dollar ETFs may Finally get Their Day

    08-30-2016 10:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. dollar and exchange traded products such as the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish kro...

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  • After a Tumble, Oil ETF Attracts Buyers

    08-02-2016 10:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) was one of this year's best-performing commodities exchange traded products, but that changed recently as the widely followed oil fund fell into a new bear market. In early June, USO was trading over $12. Now, it resides below $10. Wh...

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  • VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETFs Keep Shining

    08-02-2016 10:40 AM by Brenton Garen

    More than seven months into the year, it is obvious that the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ), along with rival gold miners exchange traded funds, are easily among this year's best performing ETFs. In some c...

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  • Momentum for Dollar ETFs as Fed Stands Pat on Rates

    07-28-2016 12:36 PM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. dollar and exchange traded products such as the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish kro...

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  • Don't Fight the Charts on the British Pound ETF

    07-26-2016 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB), which tracks the British pounds movement against the U.S. dollar, is easily one of this year's worst-performing currency exchange traded funds. With sterling recently residing at its lowest levels in more than th...

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  • More Downside for the Yen ETF?

    07-25-2016 10:56 AM by Tom Lydon

    Until recently, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) was one of this year's best-performing currency exchange traded funds, but that status started to change for the worse recently amid speculation that the Bank of Japan has more easing efforts left in its tank. ...

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  • How to Play Gold Miners ETFs Right Now

    07-19-2016 01:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold mining stocks and the corresponding exchange traded funds have been highlighted plenty of times this year as some of 2016's best-performing securities. For example, the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest gold miners ETF by assets, has more than do...

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  • Some Analysts See a New Oil Bull Market

    07-14-2016 10:52 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, gained 5.2% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), are two of this year's best-performing commodities exchange traded products though the pair, along with other oil ...

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  • Charts Underscore Fragility, Potential of Dollar ETFs

    07-06-2016 10:37 AM by Tom Lydon

    After struggling for much of this year, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss ...

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  • Supply Concerns Linger for Oil ETFs

    07-05-2016 11:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, along with other oil-related exchange traded products are among the brightest spots in t...

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  • A Gold Boon for these Glistening ETFs

    07-01-2016 12:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    At the halfway point of 2016, it is now widely known that the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) and rival gold exchange traded products are among this year's hottest ETFs. That goes for both p...

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  • Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF Will Trade on BATS

    06-30-2016 10:33 AM by Brenton Garen

    The Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, the highly anticipated exchange traded fund sponsored by twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, will trade on the Bats ETF Marketplace when the product comes to market. The Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust made plans to switch its exchange listing to...

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  • Checkout the Chart on This Agriculture ETF

    06-23-2016 08:25 AM by Brenton Garen

    The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (NYSEArca: DBA) has been a steady, if not overlooked performer among agriculture exchange traded products, but interested investors should pay close attention to DBA's near-term chart action. The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund tries to refl...

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  • Silver ETFs Surge Thanks to Safe-Haven Demand

    06-22-2016 11:14 AM by Brenton Garen

    Precious metals are among this year's top performing commodities with the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) being leaders of that charge. As a result, holdings of the white metal at silver ETFs are swelling. Silver and other ...

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  • No Love for Russia ETFs Even as Oil Soars

    06-21-2016 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Rebounding oil prices are, predictably, boosting Russian equities. For example, the VanEck Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) and the iShares MSCI Russia Capped Index Fund (NYSEArca: ERUS) are among the best-performing single-country emerging markets exchange traded funds (ETFs) ...

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  • A New Leg up Could be Coming for Gold ETFs

    06-20-2016 12:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) and rival gold exchange traded products have already notched some impressive performances this year, but some gold market observers see more upside on the...

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  • Gold ETF Downside Limited Even if Brexit is Defeated

    06-17-2016 10:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Brexit vote determining Great Britain's status as a member of the European Union, slated for June 23, has been widely cited in recent days as the reason investors are displaying preferences for safer assets such as gold. Applying that logic, it would seem gold exchange tra...

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  • More Good News For Oil: Some See 20% Upside

    06-13-2016 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, have been surging. While oil's rapid rebound has drawn plenty of concern and calls fo...

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  • As Oil Rises, Some Bearish Calls Emerge

    06-09-2016 08:30 AM by Brenton Garen

    Oil prices rose 2.3% Wednesday, continuing an ascent that has seen crude make consecutive 2016 highs while boosting the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, to a one-month gain of nearly 16.4%. But with oil futures on ...

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  • Gold Demand is Robust

    06-08-2016 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    One of the big reasons gold slipped into a bear market was the believe that global bullion demand was faltering. That scenario is reversing and it could spell more upside for the already high-flying SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Phy...

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  • Oil Slicks: Oil ETFs Could be Getting Ready to Retreat

    06-08-2016 08:30 AM by Brenton Garen

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, is up nearly 13% over the past month and after oil prices hit their highest levels of 2016 yesterday, some traders are looking at the commodity as a prime candidate for a pullback....

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  • An Important Time for Gold ETFs

    06-07-2016 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Disappointing May jobs data released last week arguably reaffirm the notion that gold and the related exchange traded funds, including the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), remain important p...

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  • This Currency ETF Could be Ready to Tumble

    06-06-2016 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Up 12.6% year-to-date, the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) is one of this years best-performing developed market currency exchange traded funds. That has not been good news for equity-based Japan ETFs, but there is some goods and that is the yen could be ready t...

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  • Bearish Prep With Oil ETFs

    06-06-2016 08:30 AM by Brenton Garen

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, are up an average of 15% this year and that is enough for some analysts to call for near...

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  • Copper Conundrum: Red Metal at a Critical Juncture

    06-02-2016 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJC), an exchange traded note that tracks copper price movements, is down more than 4% year-to-date, a laggard showing relative to other commodities exchange traded products. In what could prove to be a cautio...

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  • Cotton Club: Be Careful With the Cotton ETN

    06-02-2016 09:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Cotton Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: BAL) is higher by nearly 14% over the past 90 days, but cotton is one of the more volatile commodities on the market and investors should exercise caution if they are expecting BAL's recent bullishness to continu...

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  • Demand Fundamentals Could Support Gold ETFs

    06-02-2016 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) have recently been plagued by a rebounding U.S. dollar, which has been stoked by speculation that the Federal Reserve ...

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  • Resurgent Dollar Plagues These Currency ETFs

    06-01-2016 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Thanks to intensifying speculation that the Federal Reserve is heading toward its first interest rate hike of 2016 next month, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, inc...

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  • Investors Still Love These Notable Gold ETFs

    05-26-2016 11:55 AM by Brenton Garen

    Amid speculation that another interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve is coming, perhaps as soon as next month, high-flying gold exchange traded funds, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEAr...

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  • Soaring Gold, Silver, Platinum ETFs Power Up

    05-17-2016 11:58 AM by Tom Lydon

    Somewhat lost in the well-deserved fervor surrounding the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and other gold and silver exchange traded products this year are the impressive performances being notched by platinum and palladium equivalents. ...

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  • Why Agriculture ETFs are Ready to Soar

    05-12-2016 01:09 PM by Brenton Garen

    The Teucrium Soybean Fund (NYSEArca: SOYB) is on the move higher. As agriculture commodities and the corresponding exchange traded products continue gaining momentum, some technical analysts see more upside ahead for SOYB. SOYB holds a mix of three different soybean futures co...

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  • Soaring Silver ETFs to Snap Up as Metals Shine

    05-11-2016 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares ETF (NYSEArca: SIVR) are each up about 23% year-to-date clearly making the duo two of the best-performing precious metals exchange traded funds this year. An alternative view is that betting again...

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  • Pros Prep for a Silver Pullback That Might not Materialize

    05-05-2016 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares ETF (NYSEArca: SIVR) are each up about 13% over the past 90 days. Silver's rapid rally and quick, large gains for the aforementioned exchange traded funds (ETFs) are among the catalysts prompting pro...

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  • Dollar Declines Mean Go-Go Days for Commodities ETFs

    05-04-2016 03:11 PM by Brenton Garen

    The inverse relationship between the U.S. dollar and commodities is on full display this yearfor exchange traded fund (ETF) investors. For example, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a b...

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  • Gold ETF Holdings Expand as Technical Resistance Looms

    05-04-2016 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Physically-backed gold exchange traded funds (ETFs), such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and the ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), traded slightly lower Tuesday as investors sought other safe-havens amid a bout of marke...

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  • Oil ETFs: Buying the Dip With USO, BNO

    05-03-2016 07:38 PM by Brenton Garen

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, is down more than 2% over the past week, but with the benchmark oil exchange traded product up more than 20% over the past three months, some traders and technicians see USO's rece...

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  • Sweet or Sour for Sugar ETFs?

    05-02-2016 07:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    Some agriculture exchange traded products are starting to keep pace with their energy and precious metals counterparts, which have led this year's exchange traded funds commodities resurgence. The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (NYSEArca: DBA) is higher by nearly 2% over the ...

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  • Preparing for a Silver ETF Pullback

    04-29-2016 01:55 PM by Brenton Garen

    Plenty of precious metals exchange traded funds have enjoyed a renaissance of sorts this year and that list certainly includes the iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares ETF (NYSEArca: SIVR). The two physically-backed silver ETFs are up mo...

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  • A Look at Canada as a Climbing Commodity Currency

    04-27-2016 10:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    Some well-known, heavily traded developed market currencies are highly levered to fluctuations in commodities prices. That list includes the Canadian dollar, which was punished by tumbling oil prices in each of the past two years. With oil rebounding this year, so is the Canad...

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  • The Worst Could be Over for Oil ETFs

    04-26-2016 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, is up nearly 15% over the past three months while the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, has surged more than 28% over that period....

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  • Agriculture ETFs Could be Ready to Shed Sluggish Ways

    04-25-2016 03:14 PM by Brenton Garen

    The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (NYSEArca: DBA) is up a mere 1% this year, a slack performance compared to some other commodities exchange traded products, but agriculture commodities could finally be ready to contribute to the commodities rally. The PowerShares DB Agricul...

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  • Investors are Missing an Epic Rally in This ETF

    04-25-2016 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) enjoying one its best performances in several years, it is not surprising that miners exchange traded funds are getting in on the act. Actually, ETFs such as the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) are doing that and more. G...

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  • Good News From Gold ETF Charts

    04-22-2016 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although the naysayers have grown louder during gold's ascent, it cannot be refuted that the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) are sporting year-to-date gains of close to 18% andhave been, par...

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  • Australian ETF Soars As Commodities Rebound

    04-21-2016 10:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    Investors tuned into the foreign currency market have heard plenty this year about the dollar's weakness, how Brexit could punish the British pound and about a solid rebound, sort of, for the euro. Flying somewhat under the radar has been the suddenly hot Australian dollar. Th...

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  • Agriculture ETF Rally Looks to Change Laggard Trend

    04-20-2016 06:34 PM by Brenton Garen

    Agriculture exchange traded products have been spotted lagging their precious metals counterparts through much of this year's commodities resurgence, but at least one agriculture exchange traded fund is looking to change that trend. Somewhat quietly, the Teucrium Soybean Fund ...

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  • Listen to What the Gold/Silver Ratio is Saying

    04-20-2016 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the worlds largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, and rival gold ETFs have been among this years best-performing funds. GLD is up nearly 18% year-to-date, but thanks to a recent surge to 10-month highs, silver prices and ETFs ar...

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  • As Silver ETFs Soar, Options Activity Turns Brisk

    04-19-2016 06:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver funds, such as the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR), two of the largest physically-backed silver exchange traded funds, are on fire and that may be stating things in a delicate manner. For much of this year as gol...

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  • The Rise of Gold ETFs: Two Sides to the Story

    04-15-2016 06:55 AM by Tom Lydon

    The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the worlds largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, and rival gold ETFs have been among this year's best-performing funds. GLD and some of its rivals have also been admirable asset gatherers, but as has been widely noted during go...

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  • Sterling ETF Hangs in Brexit Balance

    04-15-2016 06:25 AM by Tom Lydon

    The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (NYSEArca: FXB), which tracks the movement of the British pound against the U.S. dollar, is down more than 4% year-to-date, making it one of the worst-performing developed market currency ETFs. Most, if not all, of FXB's struggle...

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  • Silver ETFs Extend Gains, Hit Multi-Month Highs Again

    04-14-2016 07:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR), two of the largest physically-backed silver exchange traded funds, have been trailing comparable gold rivals for much of this year, but the white metal is showing plenty of signs of bre...

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  • Can the Yen ETF Keep Soaring?

    04-14-2016 06:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    As has been widely noted, the Japanese yen has been bid higher this year as global investors have sought safer assets, making it one of the best-performing developed market currencies. That has helped the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) to a year-to-date gain of...

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  • Coffee ETN Pullback Could Spell Opportunity

    04-13-2016 06:20 AM by Brenton Garen

    As commodities prices tumbled over the past couple of years, few exchange traded products suffered as mightily as those tracking coffee prices, such as the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: JO). Coffee is one of the more volatile commodities and ...

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  • Some Good News for Oil ETFs

    04-13-2016 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    On news of a possible output freeze by Russia and Saudi Arabia, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, gained 3.5% on Tuesday as oil prices rose to their highest levels of 2016. That extends USO's one-week gain to 13...

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  • Silver ETFs Sport Impressive Year-To-Date Gains

    04-11-2016 06:40 AM by Brenton Garen

    Though still overshadowed by their gold counterparts, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are sporting impressive year-to-date gains of nearly 11%. More importantly, there is a growing number of silver market observers ...

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  • Is Momentum Waning for Gold ETFs?

    04-08-2016 10:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the worlds largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, is still up nearly 17% on a year-to-date basis and to this point in 2016, no ETF has added more new assets than GLD. However, the giant gold fund and its rivals have traded mo...

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  • A Look at Lumber Prices and a Timber ETF

    04-08-2016 10:33 AM by Brenton Garen

    The Guggenheim Timber ETF (NYSEArca: CUT), which features exposure to global companies that own or lease forested land and harvest the timber for commercial use and sale of wood-based products, is off 6.5% year-to-date. If some predictions about lumber price declines are accurate...

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  • Corn Conundrum: Problems For This Commodities ETF

    04-07-2016 06:15 AM by Brenton Garen

    Last week, the Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) slid thanks to an unwelcoming storm of expanding stockpiles and increased planting despite an oversupplied market. Now, commodities market observers see more potential near-term trouble for corn. Corn prices plunged last Thurs...

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  • Big Oil ETF Sees Some Big Departures

    04-06-2016 06:40 AM by Brenton Garen

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, has recently seen what was once an impressive rally wane in dramatic fashion. Just a few weeks ago, USO was sporting a double-digit gain over a month. Now, the ETF's one-month l...

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  • Highland Capital to Shutter Hedge Fund Replication ETFs

    04-04-2016 10:33 AM by Brenton Garen

    Highland Capital said it will be closing three of its hedge fund strategy exchange traded funds next week. In a statement, the firm said the Highland HFR Global ETF (NYSEArca: HHFR), Highland HFR Event Driven ETF (NYSEArca: DRVN) and the Highland HFR Equity Hedge ETF(NYSEArca:...

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  • Commodities Investors May Want to Further Examine ETPs

    03-31-2016 06:10 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold has captured most of the attention in the metals space this year and rightfully so as the yellow metal is one of 2016's best-performing asset classes. However, some industrial metals have shown signs of life as well, indicating commodities investors may want to further exami...

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  • Oil's Pullback Is Opening Door for Bullish Traders

    03-31-2016 06:05 AM by Brenton Garen

    After a breathtaking rally that recently saw it sporting a double-digit one-month gain, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, is pulling back as highlighted by a loss of nearly 7% over the past week. That has stoked...

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  • Silver ETF Rally is Just Getting Started

    03-31-2016 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Among precious metals exchange traded funds, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and its rivals are getting most of the attention this year. That makes sense as GLD is packing on assets on its way to a year-to-date gain of 15.4%. Gold's surge is overshadowing a resurgence amo...

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  • Oil ETFs May Need to Take a Breather

    03-30-2016 06:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, is up 5% over the past month and its gains are rapidly evaporating, lending efficacy to the notion that oil and the related exchange traded funds rallied too far too fast. There...

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  • A Look at What's Boosting Oil ETFs, How Long it Will Last

    03-29-2016 06:30 AM by Brenton Garen

    The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, is up 9.4% over the past month in what can be described as a stunning reversal of fortune for the previously downtrodden oil exchange traded fund. While that type of rally would...

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  • Don't Fret About Gold's Pullback

    03-29-2016 06:25 AM by Tom Lydon

    It might be hard to fathom with all the bullish attention gold has been getting this year, but the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the worlds largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, is off nearly 1% over the past month. Still, GLD is higher by almost 15% on a ye...

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  • Love Affair With Gold ETFs Continues

    03-28-2016 06:15 AM by Brenton Garen

    The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the worlds largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, has added $5.1 billion in fresh assets this year. That is $2 billion more than the second-best asset-gathering ETF. However, GLD is just one example of investors' affinity for...

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  • ETFs Tracking Liquid Alts Outperform Traditional Hedge Funds

    03-24-2016 03:56 PM by Max Chen

    Exchange traded funds that track liquid alternatives or replicate hedge fund strategies are beginning to outperform traditional hedge funds that they were mimicking. Goldman Sachs looked at 337 "hedge fund-like" funds from Morningstar's universe of 677 liquid alternative funds...

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  • ProShares to Change Index, Name for Inflation ETF

    03-24-2016 06:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    ProShares is changing the name and index of its inflation exchange traded fund, currently known as the ProShares 30 Year TIPS/TSY Spread (NYSEArca: RINF). On April 15, RINF will drop its current index, the Credit Suisse 30-Year Inflation Breakeven Index, in favor of the Citi 3...

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  • Gold ETFs: Will the Rally Start to Stall in April?

    03-22-2016 05:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Up 17.6% year-to-date and easily ranking as this year's top asset-gathering ETF, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the worlds largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, is leaving little about just how hot gold and gold ETFs are. However, gold's rally has been ac...

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  • Copper: Why Investors Should Be Cautious

    03-22-2016 07:27 AM by Tom Lydon

    Plenty of commodities, including industrial and precious metals, are soaring this year on the back of the dollar's descent. That includes copper and the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJC), an exchange traded note that tracks copper price movement...

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  • Are You Suspicious of the Oil Rally?

    03-21-2016 07:31 AM by Brenton Garen

    United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) hassurged 21% over the past month, putting it in a new bull market However, OPEC has hinted at its desire to limit production in face of the prolonged low oil environment Several OPEC members and Russia, the largest non-OPEC member, h...

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  • A Warning on Gold ETFs

    03-17-2016 06:10 AM by Brenton Garen

    GLD is up nearly 19% year-to-date and ranking as this year's top asset-gathering ETF Bullions bounce has not convinced all market observers that a sustained rally is in store Precious metals and gold, in particular typically have lower correlations to the stock and bond ...

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  • This Country Isn't Helping Oil ETFs

    03-16-2016 06:25 AM by Brenton Garen

    Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) always looms large for oilETFs OPEC has hinted at its desire to limit production in face of the prolonged low oil environment Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela have been in discussions to hold output steady at Ja...

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  • Some Technical Warnings on Gold, Gold ETFs

    03-16-2016 06:20 AM by Brenton Garen

    GLD's stellar performance to start the year has lured plenty of supporters...and naysayers Gold prices strengthened this year as market volatility triggered safe-haven demand GLD and rival gold exchange traded products could get a lift this week following the Federal Reser...

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  • A Calendar Call on Energy ETFs

    03-15-2016 06:25 AM by Brenton Garen

    U.S. shale output is slightly declining, but challenges remain on the output front from OPEC producers OPEC has hinted at its desire to limit production in face of the prolonged low oil environment OPEC members have been reluctant to pare production even though oil prices ...

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  • Gold Bugs Brush Off Bearish Forecasts

    03-15-2016 06:15 AM by Brenton Garen

    No ETF has added more new assets than GLD since the start of the year Gold prices strengthened this year as market volatility triggered safe-haven demand Nevertheless, more long-term investors who are seeking insurance through a gold play should not throw everything into t...

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  • Oil ETFs at OPEC's Mercy

    03-14-2016 10:26 AM by Brenton Garen

    USO up 27.5% over past month despite International Energy Agency saying oil prices may have bottomed Oil traders will have to monitor the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to gauge the supply side A potential reduction in output is on the table for the M...

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  • Another Diversified Commodities ETF to Consider

    03-10-2016 11:41 AM by Brenton Garen

    Broad commodities exchange traded productshave been a mixed bag this year Rising precious metals have helped prop up these funds, as has the recent surge in oil prices Commodities investors need to be careful of potentially limited upside for the asset class Broad commo...

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  • More Upside Seen for Gold ETFs

    03-10-2016 11:29 AM by Brenton Garen

    Even with gold's stellar start to 2016, some technical analysts see more upside Gold prices strengthened this year as market volatility triggered safe-haven demand Still, bullions bounce has not convinced all market observers that a sustained rally is in store The SPDR ...

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  • Silver ETF Rally in the Early Innings

    03-10-2016 04:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    Silver rally has room to run in the eyes of some technical analysts Silver struggled with other commodities last year as the U.S. dollar strengthened Traders who have a strong conviction that silver prices will falter can utilize inverse silver ETF options to play the fall...

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  • Will Silver ETFs be Able to Catch Gold Rivals?

    03-09-2016 04:25 AM by Brenton Garen

    SLV and SIVR are each up 11% year-to-date Even more impressive is GLD, which is up more than 19% this year Observers are pondering when the white metal will catch up to its yellow counterpart The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (...

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  • Agriculture ETFs Go Soft as Other Commodities Funds Climb

    03-09-2016 04:00 AM by Brenton Garen

    Agriculture ETFsare proving to be laggards behind precious metals and oil funds Abundant crops and tepid demand are plaguing ETFs such as DBA DBA currently features exposure to eights commodities, including cattle, coffee, corn, soybeans and wheat It has been a banner y...

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  • Traders Ditch Oil ETF at the Wrong Time

    03-08-2016 10:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    Traders are pulling out of USO despite being up 11.6% over the past week Trend may be due to doubts that production cuts to further boost oil prices will come to pass Since USO needs to roll contracts upon expiry, the ETF will be subject to contango issues Oil futures s...

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  • Questions Linger About Commodities ETFs' Rally

    03-07-2016 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    GLD is more than 10% over the past month However, questions linger about the veracity of the commodities rally, even as oil prices surged 9.5% last week Oil production and rising credit concerns are issues for broader commodities ETFS The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD...

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  • Put Volatility in its Place With This ETF

    03-04-2016 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    By now, investors well know that equities have been volatile this year, but that does not mean the effort to skirt volatility should be confined to traditional safe-havens such as government bonds and gold. Some exchange traded funds can help investors mitigate downside risk whil...

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  • Cotton ETN Softens up as Harvests Exceed Demand

    03-03-2016 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Energy and agriculture commodities are struggling Harvests are expected to exceed demand for the fifth straight year Cotton prices are sensitive to economic data since demand is tied to consumer spending While industrial and precious metals and the relevant exchange tr...

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  • ProShares Long/Short ETF Changes Indexes

    02-29-2016 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The ProShares RAFI Long/Short ETF (NYSEArca: RALS) will get a new index at the close of U.S. markets today. The exchange traded fund will begin tracking the FTSE RAFI US 1000 Long/Short Total Return Index. That index allocates an aggregate equal dollar amount to both long and ...

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  • A Gem Among Alternative ETFs

    02-22-2016 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With volatility shaking up the markets, investors and financial advisors may consider including some alternative investments into an investment portfolio to help smooth out the ride. That includes reviewing the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy ETF (NYSEArca: QAI). QAI provides a divers...

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  • Alternative Investment ETFs Can Stabilize Portfolios

    01-21-2016 07:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. equities experienced their worst start to a new year, and the poor performance may have pushed some investors to consider alternative investments and related exchange traded funds that could provide more stable returns in volatile conditions. Potential investors should be...

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  • BATS Lands More ETF Listings

    12-02-2015 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    BATS Global Markets is keeping its momentum going as the exchange operator aims to become the premier listing destination for exchange traded funds. ProShares, the largest issuer of leveraged and inverse ETFs, said it is moving four ETFs to BATS, expanding an already robust on th...

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  • Making Your ETF Portfolio Stable In A Volatile Market

    10-29-2015 05:49 PM by Tom Lydon

    With volatility recently rearing its ugly head, more investors are looking for ways to diminish portfolio risks, such as liquid alternatives that provide hedge fund strategies in an exchange traded fund investment vehicle. The asset class may offer the democratization of hedge...

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  • Protect Your Portfolio: Alts ETFs For A Volatile Market

    10-08-2015 05:19 PM by Tom Lydon

    With volatility shaking up the markets, investors and financial advisors may consider including some alternative investments into an investment portfolio to help smooth out the ride. While the equities market are trading near full value at best and bonds are being threatened w...

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  • Seizing the Alternative ETF Opportunity

    07-08-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a multi-year run in the stock markets, advisors and investors can diversify their position with alternative investments and exchange traded funds that help diminish the risk of a significant correction in stocks. On the upcoming ETF Trends Virtual Summit on January 20, 2...

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  • Alternative Investments, ETFs Are Increasingly Popular

    07-01-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Institutional investors and hedge funds are expected to significantly raise their allocation to alternative investment strategies ahead. With exchange traded funds, any investor can access alts strategies as well. According to PwC, the alternative investment industry is expect...

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  • Hedge Market Risks with Alternative Investments, ETFs

    03-31-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the recent swing in the equities market, more anxious investors may consider alternative investments and exchange traded funds to help even out an investment portfolio. Alternative investments provide exposure to assets with little or no correlation to traditional stocks...

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  • ProShares Hyman, Sachs Talk Rate Hedges and Liquid Alts

    02-13-2015 09:00 AM by ETF Trends

    ProShares Head of Investment Strategy Simeon Hyman and Head of Capital Markets Steve Sachs joined ETF Trends Publisher Tom Lydon at the ETF.com Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Fla. to discuss exchange traded funds that can be used to hedge changes in interest rates and how a...

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  • Schwabs Commission-Free ETF Lineup Grows to Nearly 200

    01-26-2015 11:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    Charles Schwab (NYSE: SCHW), the largest discount broker, said today it will expand its Schwab ETF OneSource lineup of commission-free exchange traded funds to nearly 200 offerings starting on Feb. 1. On that date, Schwab clients will be able to access 198 ETFs across 64 Morni...

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  • Alternative ETFs to Hedge Equity Risks

    01-26-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many are familiar with traditional beta-index exchange traded funds that passively track prominent benchmark indices. However, as the industry continues to expand, retail investors can now track alternative investment styles and even tap into strategies previously limited to larg...

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  • ETF Virtual Conference: Alternative Investment Opportunities and More

    01-13-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    As we drift around all-time highs. some may be growing wary about a potential pullback or slower growth ahead. Consequently, investors may find that alternative investments and related exchange traded funds could help diversify a portfolio designed around traditional asset alloca...

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  • Alternatives ETF in the Early Stages of Growth

    01-06-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With markets hovering around all-time highs, alternative exchange traded funds that help diversify risk and volatility could begin to attract more attention, but market observers require more education. "Should the average investor have exposure to alternative investments? Yes...

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  • Investors May Be Overlooking Alternative Investments, ETFs

    12-21-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Financial advisors and investors may be getting too caught up in the market rally, forgoing alternative assets and exchange traded funds that could help diversify a portfolio and diminish volatility during a market correction. According to Wealth Management, fewer financial ad...

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  • Alternative ETF Options to Diversify an Investment Portfolio

    12-12-2014 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Most people have filled out their investments with a mix of stocks and bonds. However, investors can also add in exchange traded funds that track alternative assets to help diversify a portfolio. "With the current bull market now in its sixth year and stocks appearing to be sl...

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  • Alternative ETFs for Conservative Investors

    11-28-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund investors can benefit from the diversification qualities of alternative investments, similar to how institutional and high-net-worth investors have taken advantage of the asset class. John Hancocks Head of Investments Leo Zerilli likens investing in altern...

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  • An Alternative ETF for a Shifting Market Environment

    11-06-2014 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    I do the ETF of the Week for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffes MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I looked at the ProShares Morningstar Alternatives Solution ETF (NYSEArca: ALTS). An alternative inve...

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  • Morningstars Charlson Talks Alternative Investments

    11-06-2014 07:15 AM by ETF Trends

    Josh Charlson, Morningstars director of manager research for alternative strategies, joined ETF Trends Publisher Tom Lydon at the Morningstar ETF Conference in Chicago to discuss the value of alternative investment strategies. Although alternative strategies have fallen out of...

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  • How an Alternative ETF Strategy Fits in Investment Portfolios

    10-30-2014 03:48 PM by Max Chen

    Alternative investment exchange traded funds are gaining popularity as a way to diversify a traditional fixed-income and equities portfolio. But how exactly do these alts strategies work? On a recent webcast, Your Alternatives Strategy in One ETF, Lucian Marinescu, portfolio m...

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  • Practical Application of Alternatives in ETF Portfolios

    10-29-2014 11:59 AM by Todd Shriber

    Alternative investments are not a new theme. Implementation of liquid alts strategies by financial advisors in client portfolios using exchange traded funds is a relatively new concept, but one that is gaining momentum thanks to the introduction of new products, including the Pro...

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  • Liquid Alternative ETFs for a Changing Investment Landscape

    10-13-2014 03:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    Instead of relying on the traditional 60/40 equity and fixed-income split, investors should consider diversifying a portion of their investments with alternative exchange traded fund strategies to diminish portfolio volatility. The old 60-40 stock-bond paradigm is unlikely to ...

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  • ProShares Debuts Alternatives ETF

    10-09-2014 11:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    ProShares, the largest issuer of inverse and leveraged ETFs, continues expanding its lineup of non-leveraged offerings with Thursdays launch of the ProShares Morningstar Alternatives Solution ETF (NYSEArca: ALTS). The new ETF is designed to be a complement to traditional equit...

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