Many sectors are on the rise and the use of exchange traded funds (ETFs) is a good way to capitalize on a global recovery.

The world economy is predicted to expand modestly in the fourth quarter of this year, followed by “subpar growth” in 2010, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Some of this growth is already becoming evident in emerging markets.

Even though there are still some lingering signs of fear in the market, many emerging markets have crossed their 200-day averages and there are other areas to watch as an indirect way to play the growth and eventual recovery of the global economy.

Copper. Average world copper price for 2009 will remain under $1.90/lb, but 2010 prices are projected to be at $2.09/lb, reports Tom Stundza for Purchasing. Strategists are basing the 2010 outlook after estimating a global GDP growth of 2.6% for 2010 compared to the previous 1.9% growth rate predicted by the IMF.

  • iPath DJ AIG Copper TR Sub-Idx ETN (JJC): up 49.2% year-to-date


Steel. In China, steel prices have been steadily increasing for long products in the construction sector, according to Reuters. But the recovering steel price may reverse as a result of high domestic production and imports continuing to keep the markets oversupplied with steel.

  • Market Vectors Steel ETF (SLX): up 36.2% year-to-date