Gold and Silver ETFs Soar After Obama Re-election

Late Tuesday night, it was announced that Barack Obama had won his re-election campaign, and will spend four more years in the White House. Wall Street took a big hit in the two days immediately following the results, as it seems that many had hopes of a Romney victory. But for all of the ground that markets lost, two assets were able surge, as gold and silver have both been on a tear since election day [for more precious metals news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Monster Gains In 2012: Leveraged Gold vs. Leveraged Silver

Precious metals have become increasingly popular in recent years, as continued easing from central banks around the world and escalating fear over the global economy has led to a massive inflow for these commodities. Though most are comfortable with your standard bullion or ETF, others bet big on these assets by utilizing leveraged funds. Thus far in 2012, both leveraged gold and silver funds have performed extremely well, making them an enticing play for traders who can stomach the risk associated with these products [for more gold and silver news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Most Popular Leveraged Commodity ETFs

Commodity ETFs give investors the chance to play the commodities market like they were never able to before, now even part time investors are able to get a piece of these quickly evolving markets. For some, this access was not diverse enough, and demanded leveraged ETFs as an advanced way of investing, where the fund will work to double or some times even triple the outcome of an index. These funds are not recommended for the part time or risk averse investor, but as one of the largest growing sectors in commodity investing, it seems clear some are ready to take on the leveraged risk [for more commodity ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Five Natural Gas Picks with Significant Upside Potential

Just under four years ago, natural gas prices in the United States traded around $10 per futures contract. Just a few months ago, the price had plummeted to right around $2. There has been a slight recovery to above $3, but prices are still considered severely depressed from a historical context [for more natural gas news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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What Is A Gold ETF? Four Facts That May Surprise You

Gold is not only one of the most popular commodities in the world, but it is also one of the most widely traded financial instruments. Traders and investors utilize gold for its safe haven behaviors, its speculative power, and its high liquidity given its popularity. Some use futures contracts for gold exposure, while others prefer stocks. But recent years have seen exchange traded funds (ETFs) fall into the mix. These highly liquid and transparent assets have democratized gold investing so that even the smallest of investors can still maintain a healthy exposure to the precious metal. Below, we outline five facts about gold ETFs to help you get a better understanding of these products [see also Were Gold and Silver Manipulated Alongside LIBOR?].

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Is Gold Overvalued? The Bearish Case vs. The Bullish Case

It’s an argument that seems to have no end: is gold really overvalued? There are two distinct sides to this story, and the controversy has been heating up since the precious metal made its historical run in 2011. As a number of factors combined midway through last year, gold was able to soar to its highest price in history, briefly touching the $1,900/oz. mark. The hard asset had risen so quickly, that breaking through the $2,000 barrier seemed like a certainty for many. But what goes up must come down, and gold was no exception. With prices now stuck in a rut around $1,600/oz., investors are continuing the age old argument as to whether or not this commodity is worth its salt [see also Three Reasons Why Gold Is Overvalued].

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5 Commodity Dividend Stocks To Stay Away From

In his book Ron’s Road to Wealth, investor Ron Muhlenkamp explains that inflation increases the prices that consumers pay for goods and services. However, a more accurate description, especially for those with savings in the bank, is that inflation means the value of your money is shrinking.

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A Deeper Look At America’s Commodity Industry

According to the CIA World Fact Book, the United States operates the largest single-country economy in the world. Its gross domestic product for 2011 was estimated at $15.3 trillion, trailing the European Union, which is comprised of 27 different countries, by only $360 billion. China remains in third place, as the developing economy continues to see rapid growth in recent years due to its build out of  industrial capacity and its growing class of individual consumers. Growth in the U.S., however, remains subdued below 2%. The global economic slowdown has certainly hampered the nation’s growth, but there still remains a few economic bright spots, namely the advancement of domestic energy production [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Ultimate Guide To Gold Investing

Gold is one of the rarest metals in the world, and has a long history as a valuable and intensely sought-after element. Gold has served as the basis for physical currency for thousands of years, and many monetary systems throughout human history have utilized a gold standard that focused on the precious metal. Exploration and production of gold has become a major industry in regions that maintain significant deposits of the metal, and quests for gold have been the impetus of countless expeditions and discoveries. The price of the metal is widely followed by many investors, both sophisticated and simplistic. There are a number of different options for investing in gold, including buying up coins and bars of the product, exchange-traded futures contracts, stocks of companies engaged in the extraction and sale of the metal, and both physically-backed and futures-based exchange-traded products [see also The Guide To The Biggest Companies … See the full story here

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