Timber

As the housing construction industry builds up, lumber sector exchange traded funds are experiencing a decent growth spurt. Investors interested in the lumber market can gain exposure through ETFs that track global timber-related companies, such as the Guggenheim Timber ETF (NYSEArca: CUT) and iShares Global Timber & Forestry ETF (NYSEArca: WOOD). Both funds include exposure […]

Institutions have been slowly building up their inflation hedges and the average investor can also shield themselves against the negative effects of inflation through exchange traded funds that track real assets. Institutional-class investors, including multibillion-dollar pensions, endowments and foundaments, have been slowly and quietly hoarding real assets as an inflation hedge in response to the […]

Cold winter conditions put a freeze on the lumber industry, with prices at near seven-month lows, but timber exchange traded funds could make the cut during the spring thaw. “Last year everyone was irrationally exuberant about the spring and about how fast the housing recovery would take hold,” Steven Chercover, an analyst with D.A. Davidson, […]

Lumber prices are touching a six-month high due to a growing shortage of timber. While there are no exchange traded funds tied to lumber futures, investors can still gain access to the commodity through equity-based funds. Two lumber producers shutdown operations in British Colombia after a beetle infestation decimated forests in the area, reports Joe […]

If one focused his/her attention solely on year-to-date performance, he/she might eschew foreign stock ETFs altogether. With the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) and the iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 (IJH) garnering 18% and 22% respectively, who needs to dabble in emerging markets? After all, Vanguard Emerging Markets (VWO) registered a dismal 9-month showing of -8%. […]

Lumber prices reached a 19-month high Wednesday as traders anticipated a spike in demand to repair the damaged homes situated in Hurricane Sandy’s path. Exchange traded fund investors can gain exposure to the rising cost of wood through the timber and forestry industry. Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange lumber futures hit the daily trading limit of […]

Today we examine the “Timber/Forestry” sub-sector of ETFs, and currently there are two ETFs that are available to investors in this category. The iShares S&P Global Timber & Forestry (NasdaqGM: WOOD) is the largest in terms of assets under management at $182 million currently, followed by Guggenheim Timber (NYSEArca: CUT) which has about $150 million […]

As the Federal Reserve extends its money printing spree to stimulate the economy, the extra cash sloshing around could eventually stoke inflation. However, investors can use commodity ETFs to help protect themselves against inflation and rising prices. Inflation can diminish or erase annual returns, but Jared Cummans for Commodity HQ points out that there are […]

Investors may be quick to assume that timber does not have much potential for investment. The opposite is true, however, as the price of timber has risen 5% annually. The Claymore Beacon Timber ETF (NYSEArca:CUT) exchange traded fund is a play on lumber prices and any moves in the housing market. “During America’s last major inflationary period […]

While the media is hyping Tuesday’s better-than-expected housing starts numbers as a surprise, the reality is that homebuilder exchange traded funds have been anticipating a pick-up in strength going all the way back to October. The rally in housing-related ETFs has been impressive given that the group on average is a lot closer to levels […]

Exchange traded funds that invest in timber and forestry stocks rose Tuesday in the wake of International Paper’s (NYSE: IP) unsolicited bid for Temple-Inland (NYSE: TIN). Temple-Inland’s board has adopted a so-called poison pill defense to prevent a hostile takeover attempt, according to reports. The company, which businesses include manufacturing packaging and forest products, said […]

The European Union has once again been thrown into confusion as Portugal’s government comes to a standstill after the breakdown in parliament talks. European exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be affected as the situation develops and the issue is addressed. Portugal’s parliament rejected the new government austerity plan on Wednesday, which pushed Prime Minister José […]

You’re supposed to shout “timberrrrr!” when a tree is falling, but what do you shout when a timber exchange traded fund (ETF) is moving higher? Three reasons that timber ETFs are of interest to investors, according to Hard Assets Investor, are: Timber has, over the long-term, been a relatively effective hedge against inflation, particularly unexpected […]

Spring is upon us and April is typically a month of market bloomers that lays the groundwork for the spring performers, but the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) may be hindered by some economically constraining factors. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to […]

The housing sector is finally looking better. More new homebuyers are on the market and housing sales are up. The improved outlook may have set a solid framework for homebuilder-related exchange traded fund (ETF) plays. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information […]

Economies around the world are stirring and they require basic materials to get them moving. Copper and steel are in demand, but timber exchange traded funds (ETFs) also stand to gain from the rebuilding efforts. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information […]

When we think of energy, we don’t immediately think of wood. However, the timber industry and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are garnering more attention as electricity producers seek alternative energy sources. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site […]

Timber doesn’t get the headlines of steel and copper, but it is a necessary component to the world economy. This makes timber-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) an appealing idea as global economies continue to grow. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information […]

While we were distracted by the bigger names in the world of exchange traded funds (ETFs), some smaller ETFs you might not know about have been on fire for the last month. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site […]

As the homebuilding business deteriorates, the lumber industry may be crying out “timber” as stacks and stacks of wood sit in lumber yards across the country, giving distress to this specialty exchange traded fund (ETF). The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information […]

After reeling from the high gas and energy prices, city dwellers are getting back to their roots and collecting and burning wood for stoves and heating, leaving the timber-focused exchange traded fund (ETF) with another opportunity to prosper. City residents across the country, and specifically New York, are getting old-fashioned and returning to the wood-burning […]