4 Investing Opportunites From the Inside Commodities Conference

Index Universe’s Inside Commodities conference took place in Chicago this week, and we were lucky enough to get passes to hear the likes of Dennis Gartman and Peter Schiff share their insights on the commodity world. Amid some heated panels and healthy debates, there were a number of important points made, and significant takeaways that all commodity investors should hear. Below, we outline five of the most important points made, or most significant takeaways from the conference [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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For Day Traders: The Most Liquid ETF for Every Commodity

The introduction of commodity ETFs brought trading to a whole new level, as your average retail investor now has the opportunity to trade something like natural gas futures through a single ticker. As the years have gone on, a number of these products have grown to be some of the most widely-used financial instruments for their respective commodity. One advantage to ETFs, however, is that liquidity is not hindered by average volume due the the creation process. Instead, there will just be some funds that are more liquid and tradable than others [for more commodity ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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For Long Term Investors: The Cheapest ETF for Every Commodity

After gathering more than $1 trillion in total assets under management, ETFs have cemented their place in the financial world. Among the universe of nearly 1,500 products, commodity funds have garnered a lot of attention, as these products have democratized an asset class that was once difficult to reach by retail investors. Now, there are a number of exchange-traded options to help you gain exposure to your favorite hard assets, all at a low cost.

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Why Jim Rogers Still Loves Agricultural Commodities

Given all of the turmoil in markets this year, we have seen a number of investors change their positions on statements made in the past. Jim Rogers, for example, has now stated that he is looking into investing in Russia after snubbing the country for his entire investing life. But there is one thing that Rogers is still as bullish as ever on, agricultural commodities. It has been no secret that he has been a fan of these hard assets for quite some time, but a recent interview shows that he still loves these commodities and is as bullish as ever [for more agricultural news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 Best-Performing Commodities Of 2012

Through the end of September, 2012 has by and large been another solid year for commodities. Measuring commodity performance can be a little tricky though, as many commodity ETFs and ETNs hold various contracts throughout the year and roll those contracts according to their investment mandate. What that means is that ETF/ETN performance can vary from the underlying commodities [for more commodity ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Profit From Backwardation: Corn, Crude Oil, Soybeans

Backwardation and contango are as inevitable as death and taxes when it comes to commodity investing. No matter what is going on the world, there will almost always be an asset in contango and the same can be said for backwardation. As a quick reminder, backwardation is the phenomenon in which near month futures are more expensive than those expiring further into the future, creating a downward sloping curve for future prices over time [for commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Oil and Corn: 2 Volatile Commodities

Commodities may be the most fascinating of investments. No worries about quarterly earnings or a company cooking its books with commodities. But investors do have to be alert to a multitude of factors including the weather, geopolitics, and trends in supply and demand for a specific commodity. All of these factors can sometimes lead to a good amount of volatility in the price of a particular commodity.

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All About the Corn ETF (CORN)

Corn is one of the oldest crops known to man. Dating back thousands of years to the ancient Mayans and Aztecs, corn is thought to be the second most cultivated crop in history behind wheat. Today, corn is a staple crop for the U.S., as we dominate the production of this yellow commodity. But what many people fail to realize is that corn is so much more than just a food, but instead it is a commodity that makes its way into a number of products we use in our lives. In fact, for the average U.S. citizen, it would be difficult to make it an entire day without using some kind of corn-based product. Its many uses include paints, dyes, toothpaste, cosmetics, beer, whiskey, explosives, solvents, anti-freeze, soaps, and much more [see also Invest Like Jim Rogers With These Three Agriculture Stocks].

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How to Build a Sky is Falling Portfolio

Considering our current global economic environment, it is perhaps not surprising to find many investors with a rather pessimistic short term outlook for both the U.S. and the broader global economy. Despite the fact that markets are near a four year high, there are still plenty of issues looming that have the general public fearful for the future. And while many corners of the market have struggled to stay afloat, there have been some bright spots that have performed relatively well. Some of these asset classes are historically known to be relatively low-risk investments that tend to fare well during uncertain or adverse economic environments, including inflation-protected securities, gold, and several other commodities. For bearish investors who wish to shift their assets towards these safer corners of the market, we outline an all ETF portfolio that could potentially provide meaningful return during economic turmoil [for more commodity ETF news and trading tips subscribe to our free newsletter].

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2012′s Best Performing Commodity ETF

2012 has been a relatively volatile year. After starting things off on a strong note, markets began to push and pull in either direction, and commodities have been no exception. Picking the right commodity investment for the year has been a tall order, as very few have been consistent. But now that we are more than halfway through the year, some have begun to pull away from the pack, and so too have the ETFs that track them [for more commodity news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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