Jean Folger

Jean Folger is co-author of the award winning book Make Money Trading: How to Build a Winning Trading Business and is a frequent contributor to Futures magazine, Investopedia.com and other financial news sites. She is co-founder of and system researcher with PowerZone Trading, LLC (www.PowerZoneTrading.com), a company that develops commercial indicators and custom trading systems for TradeStation, NinjaTrader and MultiCharts trading platforms. Contact Jean at jean@powerzonetrading.com.

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The 5 Minute Guide To Aluminum ETFs

Aluminum appears on the period table of elements as part of the ordinary metals group. At one point, aluminum was considered a noble metal along with gold and silver: Napoleon III supposedly served his most prominent guests on aluminum plates. Today, aluminum is light and strong enough to be used in a variety of applications, yet inexpensive enough to be in every kitchen [for more aluminum news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The 5 Minute Guide to Platinum ETFs

The six metals of the platinum group are some of the least abundant of Earth’s known elements, occurring in close association with one another, and where nickel and copper are found. Of the platinum group metals (known as “PGM”), platinum and palladium are found in the largest quantities and are the most economically significant.  Less than ten significant PGM mining companies exist; South Africa is the largest producer, followed by Russia and North America.

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The Five Minute Guide to Silver ETFs

Silver mining began about 5,000 years ago in Anatolia (modern day Turkey). The metal quickly became the impetus for exploration and the discovery of new worlds as it was a sought-after measurement of wealth, and valued as money, jewelry and for decorative objects. Eventually, the industrial age began to put silver to new uses due to its two important characteristics: of all the known elements – from hydrogen (H; atomic number 1) to Ununoctium (Uuo; atomic number 118), silver is the best electrical conductor and the most reflective. Because of its unique characteristics, silver now has numerous applications in art, industry, science, technology and investments [for more silver news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The 5 Minute Guide to Nickel ETFs

Nickel has been used for thousands of years, but it was not classified as a chemical element until 1751. With an atomic number of 28, nickel appears as Ni on the periodic table in the wide central block that holds the transition metals, most of which are moderately hard, structurally sound metals. Nickel has catalytic properties and alloys readily, resists oxidation and corrosion, and is ductile, magnetic at room temperature, can be deposited by electroplating, and has a high melting point [for more commodity information and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The 5 Minute Guide to Lead ETFs

Lead, one of the periodic table’s ordinary metals, was used thousands of years ago by the Romans for aqueducts, tank linings and water pipes. Valued for its malleability and resistance to corrosion, lead and lead-rich pewter were used also in the making of cooking pots, kettles and tableware [see also Top 7 Strangest Commodity Futures].

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The 5 Minute Guide To Gasoline ETFs

In 1859, the first oil well was dug by Edwin Drake. Drake distilled the petroleum to make kerosene for lighting, discarding the other byproducts. More than 20 years later, with the invention of the automobile, gasoline was recognized as a valuable source of fuel. By 1920, more than 9 million gas-powered vehicles were on the road [for more gasoline news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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