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Each week ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon sits down for “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where he highlights big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, Lydon looked at the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV). Among precious metals, silver has been outperforming. Click here to listen to the podcast. The opinions […]

Crude oil prices are finally bouncing back, and investors can also track the ups and downs of the energy market through commodity-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures were down 2.4% Tuesday to $43.7 per barrel while Brent crude oil futures were 1.7% lower to $45.1 per barrel. Oil prices fell […]

As the gold market makes an impressive bull run this year, precious metals exchange traded fund (ETF) investors will have to watch a handful of factors to gauge how far the rally can keep going. Year-to-date, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) […]

Commodity exchange traded funds are enjoying their best month since 2010 and are beating traditional equities and fixed-income assets to boot. Over the past month, the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) rose 7.8%, iPath Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: DJP) increased 7.4% and iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (NYSEArca: GSG) gained […]

Gold bullion and commodity-related exchange traded funds surged to a 15-month high Friday on a depreciating U.S. dollar, along with rising risk-off sentiment with a equity market pullback. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) rose 1.8% Friday as Comex gold futures gained […]

Silver exchange traded funds have regained their luster this year. Along with rallying with its golden counterpart as a safe store of wealth, silver bullion may be strengthening on increased industrial demand while global economies rebound. Silver and other precious metals enjoyed safe-haven demand as the equities market plunged into a correction. The metal also […]

Gold exchange traded funds have been a bright spot in the markets this year as an extended low-rate environment, depreciating U.S. dollar and volatility pushed investors into the hard asset. At the start of the year, gold enjoyed safe-haven demand as the equities market plunged into a correction. Gold maintained its momentum as the Federal […]

Oil and gas services-related exchange traded funds were leading the energy sector rally Tuesday, with Transocean (NYSE: RIG) shares surging, as a weak dollar and a Kuwait strike prop up crude oil prices. On Tuesday, the SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (NYSEArca: XES) advanced 4.4%, Market Vectors Oil Service ETF (NYSEArca: OIH) […]

After Europe and Japan enacted negative interest rate policies, overseas investors have steered toward gold bullion to protect their wealth against depreciating currencies. U.S. investors can also capitalize on this growing trend with gold-related exchange traded funds priced in euro and yen currency terms. Gold sales in Japan jumped in March after the Bank of […]

Oil-related exchange traded funds advanced Tuesday as crude oil prices hit their highest level this year on reports that Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to a production freeze even with Iran ramping up supply. On Tuesday, Brent crude oil futures rose 3.7% to $44.4 per barrel and West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures gained […]

Crude oil-related exchange traded funds jumped Friday as speculators positioned for stronger global demand and a potential production freeze from top exporters. On Friday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, gained 5.1% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil […]

Despite Thursday’s pullback, exchange traded fund flows suggest investors are in a risk-on rally mode as ETFs that track safe-haven assets have been experiencing redemptions. The equities market have been bouncing back over the past month, with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) rising 3.0%, as investors turned risk-on after stocks dipped into a […]

Investors seeking to diversify a portfolio have utilized gold as an alternative asset with a low correlation to traditional equity and fixed-income positions. Now, REX Shares has launched two exchange traded funds that allow investors to gain exposure to both equities market and gold. On Tuesday, the REX Gold Hedged S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: GHS) […]

Global central banks have shown that they are willing to adopt negative interest rate policies to stimulate stagnate growth. Consequently, in this new so-called NIRP environment, gold exchange traded funds could continue to shine. Given the ongoing NIRP environment, with European and Japanese central banks cutting benchmark rates deeper into the red to promote growth, […]

Oil and energy related exchange traded funds slipped Wednesday as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince laid the fate of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ output freeze on Iran’s shoulders. On Wednesday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, fell 3.1% toward its 50-day support while the United […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds slipped on the last day of March, ending the month on a muted note after a wild quarter that pushed the markets into a correction before clawing back the losses on swift rebound. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.5% over the first quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, the […]

Corn prices and the commodity-related exchange traded funds plunged Thursday on a double whammy of expanding stockpiles and increased planting despite an oversupplied market. The Teucrium Corn Fund (NYSEArca: CORN) fell 5.0% Thursday as CBOT corn futures declined 4.5% to $3.505 per bushel. CORN is down 0.6% year-to-date and 18.6% lower over the past year. […]

Gold fever in China is supporting a rally in bullion-related exchange traded funds as volatility in Chinese equities and currency markets adds to safe-haven demand. Gold is among the best performing assets of the year. Year-to-date, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) […]

After surging to a 17-month high in the prior session, sugar futures and related exchange traded products plunged Thursday as a strengthening U.S. dollar pushed traders to take some profits off the table amidst weakness in the broader commodities space. On Thursday, the iPath Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: SGG) declined 6.3% and […]

The equities market has rebounded off one of the worst starts to a new year, but investors who believe volatility will once again rear its ugly head may want to hedge potential risks down the road with gold exchange traded funds. JPMorgan Global Head of Quantitative and Derivatives Research Marko Kolanovic argued that the recent […]

GLD has gained 18.9% year-to-date, with Comex gold futures now trading around $1,265 per ounce, which has helped riskier stock ETFs shine QQQ, which tracks the Nasdaq-100, rose 7.3% over past month IWM gained 8.2% over past month SPY returned 7.2% over past month Among sector bets, energy has been the best performer in the six months […]

Federal Reserve keeps short-term interest rates unchanged at a range of between 0.25% and 0.5% Fed officials also suggested there will only be two more rate hikes this year Weakening dollar helps bolster commodity assets With the Federal Reserve keeping short-term interest rates unchanged, rate-sensitive exchange traded funds popped while some trades dependent on higher rates […]

Natural gas futures and commodity-related ETFs have been rallying since the start of March After touching a 17-year low on March 3, natural gas futures have rallied on bets that prices have fallen too low Moreover, some argue that natural gas demand for electricity generation could be even higher this summer Natural gas futures and commodity-related exchange […]

Investors must keep in mind that most of their commodity-related ETFs do not track the spot price However, there are some exceptions, including precious metals-related exchange traded products Futures market may diverge from the spot price due to a number of factors, including storage costs and seasonal patterns With commodity exchange traded funds gaining traction as raw […]

ETF industry continued to accumulate assets in February Global exchange traded products, which include both ETFs and exchange traded notes, gathered $9.4 billion Garnering investors’ attention over February, ETFs that track gold price movements saw a new monthly flow record of $7.2 billion The exchange traded fund industry continued to accumulate assets in February on […]

Oil prices and commodity-related ETFs have been strengthening Energy prices continued to gain ground after the International Energy Agency  (IEA) said were past the bottom IEA warns of continued volatility ahead, especially with demand slowing down Oil prices and commodity-related exchange traded funds have been strengthening as traders bet that producers are cutting back after […]

Commodities market is currently experiencing a supply side destruction U.S. oil rig count has been on the decline, and the market tends to anticipate that it will push up prices Consequently, with breakeven costs at $45 per barrel due to roll costs, many traders are now looking at MLPs where payouts are sustainable Master limited […]

Broad commodities market has been trending higher this year China, the second largest economy in the world, has been buying less from the global markets A number of inverse ETFs hedge against falling commodities The commodities group and related exchange traded funds have rallied since the January lows. However, fundamental pressures still remain and could drag […]

The sudden surge of interest for gold-related exchange traded funds on safe-haven demand has lead to suspended creation of new shares for a BlackRock iShares gold ETF. The iShares Delaware Trust Sponsor LLC has temporarily suspended the creation of new shares of iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) until additional shares are registered with the Securities […]

Precious metals exchange traded funds have surged this year as market volatility triggered safe-haven demand. However, silver has been lagging gold in the recent upturn. Year-to-date, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) rose over 8.0%. In contrast, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) […]