How The LME Is Impacting Beer Prices

When you sit down for a cold beer, you probably don’t think of all of the factors that culminated to create the product. What’s more, you probably never consider the fact that the London Metal Exchange (LME) could have such a marked impact on the frosty beverage. But traders utilizing the LME to purchase aluminum for beer cans have recently reiterated issues that the exchange is causing, putting beer prices in a pinch [for more aluminum news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Which Aluminum ETF Is Right For You? JJU vs. FOIL

Over the years, aluminum has made its stance in the world, becoming one of the most popular metals in both the industrial and financial universe. Aluminum is also one of the most abundant metals on earth as well as the third most widespread element. Its low density and ability to withstand corrosion makes it a popular choice for a wide variety of uses, stretching from foil and cans to cars and aircraft. Because of its numerous applications, the metal has also found its way into many investor’s portfolios, providing yet another potentially lucrative opportunity in the commodities space. And thanks to the development of the exchange-traded fund industry, investors now have several ways to gain access to this industrial commodity. Below, we outline the two most popular aluminum ETFs and which one will fit your investment objectives [see also Jim Rogers Says: Buy Commodities Now, Or You’ll Hate Yourself Later]. 

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Complete List Of New 2011 Commodity ETFs

This year saw a surge in popularity for commodity investing. As the years have passed, investors have seen the benefits of investing in the risky, but lucrative asset class. Commodities provide a protection against inflation as well as a low correlation to equities. One of the biggest problems within the industry was the lack of options available to investors just a few years ago. It used to be that only those with a complex futures account were able to add these securities to their portfolios. Now, there are hundreds of products to help even the smallest investor gain access to their favorite commodity investment. Below, we outline all of the commodity exchange traded products that hit the market this year [see also 12 High-Yielding Commodities For 2012].

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Commodity ETFs: It Takes Two To Contango

This article originally appeared on ETFdb.com. Futures-based investing has long been a popular option for those looking to gain exposure to commodities that were otherwise difficult to reach. But with the introduction of ETFs came increased granularity in this investing segment, as there are now exchange traded products that offer exposure to a wide variety of commodities through a single ticker. This alleviates the stress and complexities that are involved with managing a futures account, while allowing investors to sometimes gain access to multiple commodity futures with just one fund. Still, for everything that ETFs have opened up for the everyday investor, these funds are by no means perfect.

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