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Despite the underperformance in commodities, some financial advisors suggest holding commodity-related exchange traded fund exposure to help diversify an investment portfolio in case traditional assets experience greater volatility. Some advisors argue that a small allocation to broad commodity exchange traded products, such as the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) or iPath Bloomberg […]

This has been a bad year for commodities-related exchange traded funds, with hard assets heading for their first annual lose since 2008, and it could get worse if historical December trends pan out. Since 1971, the Standard & Poor’s GSCI Spot Index of 24 raw materials has declined in December about 83% of time when […]

Investment guru and prominent commodities bull Jim Rogers has pointed to tight supply and central banks’ money-printing spree as reasons for taking on physical assets. With exchange traded funds, investors can play this commodities outlook. Specifically, there are several exchange traded products based on indices designed by Rogers. He developed the commodity benchmarks to track […]

Broad commodity ETFs have rallied since mid-June. While the $6.7 billion PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) has attracted its fair share of interest, traders may also consider alternative fund strategies. Commodity ETFs provide an added diversification quality to any portfolio. Commodities have historically maintained low correlations to stocks and bonds and have […]

The demand for a finite natural resources and long-term weakness in the U.S. dollar are major market themes. Commodity exchange traded fund investors can take advantage of the daily price changes that reflect the tug-of-war between supply and demand or take on a long-term macroeconomic view. “Historically, commodities have maintained very low correlations to equities […]