Physical Copper ETFs? Not So Fast

For more than two years now, issuers like JP Morgan and iShares have been battling to bring physically-backed copper ETFs to the markets. At first glance, it seems like a solid idea; after all, GLD and SLV are two of the most popular ETFs in the world, and each of them offers physical exposure to their respective metals. Yet the proposed copper products remain in the doldrums, as the red tape and roadblocks seem to be endless for these proposed products [for more copper news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Gold, Copper, Platinum Stuck In Contango

As traders try to make their way through the volatile and often dangerous world of commodities, the futures curve is one of the most important aspects to focus on. Many traders look for contangoed curves to either make savvy trades or avoid potential blunders for their portfolio. Contango, the process by which near month futures are cheaper than those expiring further into the future, is often caused by storage costs of hard assets, but can also be a reflection of future price expectations. In this iteration of our contango report, we focus on three key metals for investors to keep an eye on [for more information on commodities in contango 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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Marc Faber: Why Industrial Commodities Will Continue to Fail

Marc Faber, who shares the moniker “Dr. Doom” with Nouriel Roubini, has made a name for himself not only from his intelligence, but also from his outspoken and often controversial views. Faber has recently predicted a 100% chance of a U.S. economic recession and says that he is simply waiting for things to fail. To put things lightly, he is something of a bear, as he often points out the faults of the economy or singles out failing sectors. It seems as though he has done it again, but this time with industrial commodities, namely industrial metals [for more industrial metals news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Three Commodities to Bet With Buffett

Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha, is one of the most famous investors in the world. So when he makes a big bet, there are plenty of individuals who are willing to follow or are at least curious as to whether or not they should do the same. Buffett’s latest bet was placed in the U.S. housing industry, a market segment that has been rattled since 2007 and is still struggling to find a foothold. The famed businessman justified his bet by stating that he has watched every asset class besides housing for the last two years and now that markets have flattened, he sees housing with room to run [see also Why Buffett is Dead Wrong on Gold].

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Which Copper ETF Is Right For You? JJC vs. CUPM vs. CPER

Whether it be through our wiring systems, plumbing, or circuit boards, copper is a commodity that we simply have grown to depend on in our day to day lives. This reddish-brown metal has grown tremendously in popularity as its relatively cheap price and widespread industrial and manufacturing uses make it one of the most important metals in human development. In addition to copper wires and piping, the industrial metal is used in key automobile parts, heating and cooling systems, as well as telecommunications equipment. Copper’s numerous applications make the commodity a potentially lucrative play on both the manufacturing and industrial goods sectors. And with the rapid development of the exchange-traded fund industry, investors now have several ways to gain access to the arguably most useful industrial metal. Below, we outline the three most popular copper ETFs and which one will fit your investment objectives [see also Jim Rogers Says: Buy Commodities Now, Or You’ll … See the full story here

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Beware: Copper, Gold, Silver Sitting in Steep Contango

When it comes to commodity trading, few words are more serious in an investor’s vocabulary than contango. This phenomenon has been known to burn a hole in positions and cause problems for those who were not amply prepared. By definition, contango is the process whereby near month futures are cheaper than those expiring further into the future, creating an upward sloping curve for future prices over time. The reason behind this is most often attributed to storage costs; storing barrels of oil or bushels of corn isn’t cheap and the costs have to be passed down the line. Below, we outline three commodities currently exhibiting contango to help keep investors up to date on the current futures environment [see also Jim Rogers Says: Buy Commodities Now, Or You’ll Hate Yourself Later].

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How To Trade Copper Futures

As one of the most popular industrial metals in the world, copper has cemented its place into the commodity world as a prime trading instrument for many. The metal is used in everything from circuit boards and plumbing, to brakes and even makes an appearance in the Statue of Liberty (copper in fact makes up 80 tons of Lady Liberty). For those looking to dabble in copper futures, there are a number of options available, leaving some to wonder where to begin. Below, we outline strategies for trading copper futures as well as a few other products that offer similar exposure [see also Jim Rogers Says: Buy Commodities Now, Or You’ll Hate Yourself Later].

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Four Little Known Factors Driving the Price of Copper

Copper is one of the oldest metals known to man, as it has been used as a currency for more than 10,000 years. Now, this element is a key base for the industrial and construction sectors, as it makes an appearance in everything from wiring and piping, to heating and cooling equipment. As a financial instrument, copper is a favorite source for active traders looking to make speculative bets on where the commodity is headed. Given the fast-paced nature of copper news and prices, having a firm grasp on underlying price drivers is key to making educated trades. Below, we outline four little known factors driving copper and its respective prices [see also 13 Ways To Invest In Copper].

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10 Copper Traders Worth Following on Twitter

Copper is one of the most vital commodities in the world, as its presence dominates the industrial world. Given its popularity in the practical world, it should come as no surprise to see the metal be a key trading instrument for a number of commodity investors. In order to make proper trades on the fast-paced copper industry, investors must stay on top of developing news and breaking trends. One of the best ways to keep updates on copper 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 copper Tweeple to give you the best information for your commodity trades [see also 13 Ways To Invest In Copper].

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