Five Commodity ETFs Long Term Investors Should Run Away From

Commodity ETF investing has rapidly grown in popularity in recent years, as these securities have democratized an asset class that was once out of reach for a vast number of investors. Now, you can add exposure to physical gold or soybean futures with a single ticker. The majority of these products were designed with traders in mind, but there are also a fair amount of commodity funds that were designed for long-term investors. The problem is, it can be difficult to tell which funds are appropriate for you and your investment strategy. Below, we outline five commodity ETFs that can be useful in certain environments, but should be avoided by long-term investors [for more commodity ETF news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Faber Warns of Profit Taking in Gold, Other Commodities

Dr. Doom makes another warning for investors to follow or ignore, as Mr. Marc Faber warns of profit taking in some of the most popular assets on the market. It has been no secret that Faber feels that a recession is coming and he is now suggesting that profit taking will eat away at the positions of many investors. Just a few days ago he stated that he feels stock markets could very easily lob off 20% as he sees a correction hitting markets soon [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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100 Insightful Futures Traders Worth Following on Twitter

Futures investing is one of the safest and most effective ways to add exposure to risky assets like commodities. Futures allow users to limit their downside risk while also affording the opportunity of making speculative calls on all kinds of assets. But keeping up with futures and all of the various trading methodologies out there can be a difficult task. Luckily, there are plenty of well-versed Twitter experts around the internet to help you get a handle on how to properly use futures contracts as well as actionable trade ideas. Below, we outline 100 must-follow futures traders on Twitter (in no particular order) [for the most up to date commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Difference Between Forwards And Futures

While commodities have enjoyed a renaissance of sorts over the past ten years, they are still somewhat outside the comfort zone of most investors. Part of that may be due to the perception that commodities are riskier, but some of it may be because of the unfamiliarity with the instruments and terms that make up the market. To cite just one example, futures and forward contracts (also called “forwards”) are very popular instruments among commodity investors, but very different in their fundamental natures [for more futures and forwards analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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UCI In Depth: The Five Minute Guide To The Bloomberg CMCI ETN

With the rapid expansion and development of the ETP industry, investors can now choose from a vast selection of products that offer both broad-based and sector-specific commodity exposure. With the exchange-traded product structure, investors have the ability to gain access to commodities without having to encounter the difficulties and drawbacks of opening a futures account. One of the most appealing broad-based commodity products on the market is the E-TRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI ETN (UCI), which offers exposure to a basket of 26 different commodity futures contracts of varying maturities.

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100 Insightful Options Traders Worth Following on Twitter

Options investing is one of the safest and most effective ways to add exposure to risky assets like commodities. Options allow users to limit their downside risk while also affording the opportunity of making speculative calls on all kinds of assets. But keeping up with options and all of the various trading methodologies out there can be a difficult task. Luckily, there are plenty of well-versed Twitter experts around the internet to help you get a handle on how to properly use option contracts as well as actionable trade ideas. Below, we outline 100 must-follow options traders on Twitter (in no particular order) [for more trading news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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10 Commodity ETFs with Monster Inflows in 2012

As the years have gone on, commodity ETFs have continued to surge in popularity. These vehicles have allowed for investors of all kinds to add vital exposure to hard assets with ease. While there have been a number of innovative products released in the past few years, some have hit home with investors better than others. Below, we outline 10 commodity ETFs that have seen strong inflows as of 9/21/2012, to give you an idea of what is trending in the financial world [for more commodity ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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How to Build a Black Swan Hyperinflation Portfolio

The threat of hyperinflation in our current economic state is very minimal, though it is true that the U.S. is currently at the highest risk for such a phenomenon among major developed countries. Preparations for a hyperinflationary environment have heated up among some investors in recent years, as the consistent money printing from the Fed has many worried that inflation will spike at some point in the near future. For those who fear a major jump in inflation, we outline an all ETF portfolio to protect yourself from the havoc that inflation can wreak on your holdings [see also Doomsday Special: 7 Hard Asset Investments You Can Hold in Your Hand].

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Caution: High Correlation Between Commodities and Equities

One of the biggest draws to commodity investing has long been its low correlation to equities. Investors would add commodity exposure to their portfolios to help diversify returns, as the movement in commodity markets had long been independent from that of equities. But 2012 is doing its best to redefine the rules, as it seems that commodities have begun to show an increased correlation to major equity benchmarks [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Commodities to Profit From Schiff’s Currency Crisis

QE3 was announced on Thursday and it is by far the most aggressive action that the Fed has taken in years. Rather than set a specified amount of money to print, Bernanke and company have pledged to invest $40 billion per month in MBS until they see material growth in the economy. That means that this QE is open-ended and could potentially drag out for a while. If the program were to be in place for just one year, we would print $480 billion. For two and three years, we would add another $960 billion and $1.4 trillion respectively [for more economic news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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