The Best and Worst Industrial Metals ETFs of 2012

As 2012 draws to an end, investors are taking time to reflect on some of the best and worst performing commodities of the year. Though the year’s headlines have been dominated by energy and precious metals, there are a number of assets that have flown relatively under the radar. Industrial metals are among the most practical commodities on the market given their wide use in our everyday lives, but they rarely receive attention over something like gold or oil. Below, we outline the performances of some of the biggest industrial metals for 2012 [for more industrial metal news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Halloween Special: Three Terrifying Commodity ETF Performances

As markets re-open their doors on Halloween, investors will be scrambling to make up for lost time. But while today’s trading will be in a frenzy, we wanted to take Halloween day to look back on some of the more frightening commodity performances over the past few years. We found three of the worst commodity ETFs in the trailing five years to give you your share of terror on this holiday [for more commodity ETF news 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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Which Nickel ETF Is Right For You? JJN vs. NINI

Although many associate this silvery-white metal with the U.S. coinage system, nickel is actually one of the oldest known metals with its uses tracing back more than 5,000 years. Today, the vast majority of the world’s supply of nickel comes from only two places: a mine in Ontario, Canada and another one in Siberia, Russia.┬áNickel is generally prized for its anti-corrosive properties, as well as for its ferromagnetic characteristics. In regards to the U.S. five cent piece, nickel only makes up for a quarter of the coin’s composition, but it is still one of the biggest uses of ┬áthe metal [for more nickel news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Ultimate Guide To Nickel Investing

Nickel is one of the oldest known metals, with uses tracing back more than 5,000 years. Historically, nickel has been often confused with silver thanks to its physical appearance. The metal, first classified as a chemical element in the 18th century, is used widely today. While perhaps the best known use of nickel is in U.S. currency, the metal has a handful of additional applications as well. Nickel deposits are heavily concentrated in a few areas of the world, including Canada and Russia. The metal has appeal as an investable asset because of its use in steel, making nickel a way to gain exposure to the global manufacturing industry. There are a number of ways for investors to gain exposure to nickel, including exchange-traded products [see also The Guide To The Biggest Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector].

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