Five ETFs To Own During The Next Market Collapse

With each passing day there grows more and more speculation that global markets are headed for another downturn. One of the favorite theories of investors and analysts is that all of the bailouts and quantitative easing programs have acted as a cover up for the deep-seeded issues in our economy; once the Federal funding stops, those issues will return to the foreground. As such, a number of individuals are trying to decide how to best play the commodity market for the next financial meltdown. Below, we outline five ETFs to help you profit from the financial world’s demise [for more vital commodity updates subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Which Gold Miner ETF Is Right For You? GDX vs. GDXJ vs. RING

In recent years, gold miner ETFs have become some of the most popular investment tools, offering “indirect” exposure to gold prices without the headache of futures trading or physically holding the precious metal. Considering today’s rocky environment, gold mining stocks can be a more appealing option than investing in physical bullion since these securities tend to generate meaningful cash flows. But like every other company, the profitability of gold miners depends on the price of the products they are selling, meaning that spot gold prices are a major factor in the cash flows of the underlying company. And with the evolution of the ETF industry, there are now a number of products that allow investors to add gold miner exposure to their portfolio with ease. Below, we outline the three most popular gold miner ETFs and which one will fit your investment objectives [see also Jim Rogers Says: Buy Commodities Now, Or … See the full story here

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The One Chart Every Commodity Trader Must See

The past few years have seen the global economy fall on some hard times. At the head of it all has been the U.S., whose fiscal policies and rampant immoralities led to some of the biggest banks in the world bringing down the local economy. In order to keep our heads above water, the Federal Reserve has stepped in on numerous occasions, offering bailouts for hundreds of billions to try and salvage the economy. But the economy has done little to make a solid recovery and instead seems addicted to its regular injections of quantitative easing. As such, the financial situation surrounding the U.S. and our debt policies is beginning to grow concerning [see also Four Commodities To Buy Before Roubini’s “Perfect Storm”].

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The Beginner’s Guide to Wine Investment Funds: How to Invest in Fine Wine

Drinking wine has been a pastime for thousands of years, as people from various periods in history have all enjoyed this alcoholic beverage. Today, wine remains an incredibly popular drink, but it has also developed into something else, an investment. There are now a number of people who will invest in wine for its potential to appreciate with time, allowing the owners to sell at a profit. Generally, as wine starts to age it becomes more coveted by the market, pushing its value higher (note that this only works with certain kinds of wines, your two-buck-Chuck will not fall under this category) [see also Doomsday Special: 7 Hard Asset Investments You Can Hold in Your Hand]. 

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How to Play Schiff’s $5,000 Gold Prediction

Peter Schiff is a household name in the investing world, as he is well-known for his bold statements on the global economy and where he thinks markets are headed next. Schiff is vehemently opposed to stimulus packages as well as the massive deficit that seems to only grow by the day in the states. As such, Schiff was recently quoted as predicting gold to hit $5,000/ounce, a massive increase from its current levels. Though he was unable to quote a specific time frame for when gold will see this rapid jump, he has sound reasoning behind his theory on this precious metal [see also Four Commodities To Buy Before Roubini’s “Perfect Storm”].

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The Beginner’s Guide to Art Investments: How to Invest in Fine Art

When most investors think of commodity investing, their go-to image is a gold coin or barrels of crude oil. But there are a number of other options that fall beyond the “standard” commodities. Many of these options fall under the “hard assets” category, as they are not traded on any sort of market, there are no futures or options, and the only way to establish exposure is to physically own the commodity. One of the most enticing hard asset investments comes in the form of fine artwork, as collectors have created a hefty supply and demand system as the years have gone by [see also Doomsday Special: 7 Hard Asset Investments You Can Hold in Your Hand].

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10 Crude Oil Traders Worth Following on Twitter

Crude oil has, arguably, the widest global presence of any commodity currently in existence. As such, crude is also one of the most popular investments in the world, as commodity traders love to use this fossil fuel to make speculative plays on its volatile movements. In order to make proper trades on the fast-paced oil industry, investors must stay on top of developing news and breaking trends. One of the best ways to keep updates on crude oil markets and trends is to utilize Twitter. It may be difficult for some to view Twitter as a viable source for trading info, but there are a number of professionals who aim their tweets at keeping their followers in-the-know. Below, we outline 10 must-follow crude oil Tweeple to give you the best information for your commodity trades [see also What Is Brent Oil? The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide].

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The Different Types of Brent Oil Futures Compared

Crude oil trading is one of the most prominent aspects of the commodity industry. With this fossil fuel having such a deep impact on our everyday lives, it’s no wonder why it is among the most heavily traded commodities in the world. Though most people think of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude when the hear the word “oil”, savvy traders also know that Brent crude has an established place in the investing world, and has vastly outperformed its WTI counterpart. For those looking to add exposure of this light, sweet crude to their portfolio, we outline the different types of Brent crude futures available on the market, and which ones will be most appropriate for your investment objectives [see also Jim Rogers Says: Buy Commodities Now, Or You’ll Hate Yourself Later].

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Why Buffett is Dead Wrong on Gold

Gold investing is one of the most popular aspects of the commodity world. In recent years it has established a cult following that swear by the hard asset as one of their favorite capital allocations. But for every gold bug that exists, there is someone else who writes the precious metal off completely. One of the biggest gold-haters our there is Warren Buffett, as the Oracle of Omaha has been adamant about his lack of interest in the asset as well as its complete lack of use to him as an investor [see also Three Reasons Why Gold Is Overvalued].

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What Is Brent Oil? The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

Crude oil is one of the most vital commodities in the world. Whether we realize it or not, it has a presence in our everyday lives and is a fuel that our world simply cannot function without. But when it comes to crude investing, traders have long had two choice staring them in the face; Brent oil, and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil. The two have stumped many for quite some time, as they search for the intricacies that make these seemingly similar commodities inherently different. While most investors are familiar with WTI, brent leaves many scratching their heads. The best way to define brent crude is to simply distinguish what makes it different from its counterpart [see also 25 Ways To Invest In Crude Oil].

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