Three Commodities To Watch in Q4

As we wrap up the third quarter of 2012, many look ahead to finalize their portfolios for the year. By most equity standards, 2012 has been a very successful year, but the same cannot be said for commodities. As always, the commodity industry has picked its darlings and singled out its laggards, making profits for some and drawing up big losses for others. With nine months of the year in the bag, it will be a good time to reassess your holdings to see if it may be the right time to reallocate or if there are more promising opportunities out there [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Top 3 Copper Miner Stocks by Market Cap

Copper has been known to mankind for thousands of years, and its multiple industrial and speculative uses has solidified its place in the global economy. We have grown to depend on this reddish-brown metal in our day to day lives as it can be found in our wiring systems, plumbing, circuit boards, automobiles, as well as in telecommunications equipment  [for more copper news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. Copper’s numerous applications make the commodity a potentially lucrative play on both the manufacturing and industrial goods sectors. And for those who have a bullish outlook on copper prices and the mining industry, we outline three of the biggest gold mining and exploration companies by market cap.

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3 ETFs For The Natural Gas Recovery

After a punishing four year run, it looks as though natural gas futures may be ready to cross into the black for 2012. NG had been a very popular short for many investors since 2008, as its price cratered following the recession. Abundant resources and improved technology were among the culprits that turned natural gas into one of the cheapest fossil fuels around. That negative momentum carried through into 2012, but was stopped short as NG was determined to finish the year on a strong note [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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4 Commodity ETFs for Day Traders

Day trading is a coveted position for a number of investors around the world. You get to be your own boss, work your own hours, and, potentially, make a large amount of money. Of course it is not without its risks, as it comes with no benefits, no guaranteed salary, and absolutely no retirement plan. Still, for those investors who love the thrill of successfully trading on their own, the commodity world is flush with opportunities to turn a profit. Below, we outline four vital commodity ETFs to help day traders quickly execute calculated positions [for more commodity ETF news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Faber: Romney’s Fed Chairmen Will Print Trillions

By now everyone is familiar with Ben Bernanke and his money printing strategies for solving an economy in crisis. His ideals concerning increasing the money supply stem from his research on the Great Depression where he feels that a low money supply is what hindered the economy at the time. While no one can say for sure if today’s overly-active printing presses have avoided a depression, it has certainly been a controversial policy. With the recent announcement of QE3 many are worried that a slew of open-ended asset purchasing and printing will only debase the dollar further and make it harder to get out of our massive debts [for mroe economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Which Natural Gas ETF Is Right For You? UNG vs. GASZ vs. GAZ

Although natural gas is arguably one of the most frustrating commodities on the market, trading the fossil fuel has surged in popularity in recent years. Natural gas’s inherent volatility combined with its healthy trading volume has made it quite an enticing investment tool for those investors looking for potentially lucrative returns. Natural gas is also known for being “greener” than its other fossil fuel cousins, like coal and oil, since it is relatively cleaner and produces less greenhouse gas emissions. And thanks to the rapid development of the exchange-traded fund industry, investors now have several ways to gain access to one of the most popular commodities [for more natural gas news  and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Warning: Counterfeit Gold Bars Spotted in U.S.

Get your foil hats and stock your bunker, the conspiracy theorists scored a recent victory when it comes to gold. For quite some time now, many have speculated that the amount of gold the U.S. claims to hold is a sham. It is already very likely that gold prices were manipulated alongside LIBOR, but recent news has only added fuel to the fire. Last week, a counterfeit gold bar was discovered in the U.S., as a 10 ounce gold bar sold in Manhattan was shown to be nothing more than tungsten, essentially erasing a near $18,000 purchase. Shortly thereafter, 10 more counterfeit bars were discovered [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Which Commodity ETFs Could Outpace QE3?

Global easing programs from around the world have investors scrambling back and forth. Some are excited to see stock markets have such positive reactions, while others are ripping the Fed for what they feel will be our undoing. Either way you spin it, QE3 is here and it may be staying for quite a while. Ben Bernanke announced that this round of asset-purchasing will feature $40 billion in MBS per month until they see a material growth in the jobs sector and the economy. What they define as a significant growth isn’t clear, so many are predicting for this spending spree to continue on for quite some time [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 Commodity ETFs With Active Options

Options are, and please pardon the obvious pun, an invaluable option when it comes to crafting trading and investment strategies. At the simplest level, options offer a relatively simple and straightforward form of leverage for investors who want more to pursue more aggressive strategies. Options can also be very useful in hedging risk, creating income from securities that do not otherwise pay dividends, and executing strategies that exploit mispricings tied to volatility, timing and other factors.

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Roubini Says the Euro Zone is Destined to Fail

Nouriel “Dr. Doom” Roubini has long been in the limelight given some of his bold predictions on the economy. But what keeps him at the forefront is the accuracy of a number of his statements and forecasts for the future, so when Roubini gives an opinion on the future, people tend to listen. Aside from the fact that Roubini was prepared for and betting on QE3, he has also predicted a “perfect storm” for the global economy in 2013. He combined stalling U.S. growth, debt troubles in Europe, a military conflict in Iran, and a Chinese slowdown as the main culprits of what he feels is a coming recession [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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