Energy prices managed to squeeze out relatively strong performances over the last week despite the chaos in Italy that rippled throughout the global financial markets. Crude oil resisted the downward pressure from intensifying anxiety over a debt crisis in Europe, and managed to head higher in recent sessions–with a brief detour on Wednesday. The following table shows the performance of energy exchange-traded products for the week ended November 10; note that these products utilize futures-based strategies, and as such may not reflect changes in spot commodity prices over this period:
Like just about every other asset class, agricultural commodities have been on a wild ride over the last several trading sessions, fluctuating along with equity markets as investors have tried to evaluate the latest news out of Europe. The last week has generally been a strong stretch for agricultural and soft commodities, as a rally in stock markets and return to risky assets has created a wave of moderate optimism among investors. The following table shows the performance of several popular commodity exchange-traded products for the week ended November 8. It should be noted that each of the funds included below utilizes futures contracts to achieve its stated objectives; as such, returns may not be reflective of changes in spot prices:
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Many investors looking to add broad-based commodity exposure to their portfolios, ranging from individuals to billion dollar hedge funds, have turned to ETFs as the most efficient vehicle for doing so. While the most popular products are generally those that have the longest operating history, more and more investors are turning to new products that are popping up as a tool for establishing exposure to this potentially promising–and risky–asset class. One of the more innovative commodity ETFs to debut in recent years is the United States Commodity Index Fund (USCI), which is the result of a collaboration between United States Commodity Funds, the firm behind the ultra-popular UNG and USO, and Summerhaven.
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Just a few short years after the introduction of the first exchange-traded commodity product, there are dozens of options available for investors interested in accessing this asset class that is capable of delivering big returns and meaningful diversification benefits. Most investors are familiar with only the largest and most popular of these products, but those willing to dig a bit deeper will uncover some very intriguing investment opportunities [see also Seven Reasons To Hate Gold As An Investment]. Today we profile the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return ETN (DJCI), a product from UBS that offers broad-based exposure to a basket of futures contracts.
This article originally appeared on ETFdb.com. The latest innovation in the commodity ETP space came from UBS on Thursday, as the company rolled out a pair of products designed to exploit contango in two of the most heavily-traded energy futures markets. The new ETRACS Natural Gas Futures Contango ETN (GASZ) and ETRACS Oil Futures Contango ETN (OILZ) will be linked to indexes maintained by ISE that effectively maintain short exposure to front month contracts and long exposure to mid-term futures contracts.