SIL vs. SLV: How They’ve Performed So Far In 2012

So far this year, investors that have held silver assets are outperforming the market as a whole. There are a number of exchange traded funds, or ETFs that offer broad exposure to the precious metal, and most are up more than the S&P 500 index. Two of the primary silver ETFs are the iShares Silver Trust (SLV) and Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL). Despite their slightly different focus, their performance in 2012 is quite close, though it had diverged until very recently. Below is an overview of each ETF and a comparison of their performance on a year-to-date basis [for more silver ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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12 High-Yielding Commodities For 2012

Commodity investing has been extremely popular in recent years as investors have discovered the benefits that these investments can offer for an individual portfolio. Exposure to commodities offers benefits like low correlation, inflation hedges, and also heavy exposure to some of the world’s fastest growing markets. But there is still something of a disconnect between income investors and commodities, as these investments are typically seen as growth plays or simply left for active traders. But those who overlook commodity stocks with even mediocre yields could be missing out [see also Jim Rogers Says: Buy Commodities Now, Or You’ll Hate Yourself Later].

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Dividend Special: Top Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector

As the years have progressed, commodity exposure has evolved from a binary factor, either you have it or you don’t, to a necessary component of every portfolio. But as markets have been continually beaten down as of late, for many investors, finding the right commodity allocation has been something of a difficult task. A number of investors have stopped looking for growth, and taken cover in value funds that pay out annual yields in a time when no returns are guaranteed [see also The Guide To The Biggest Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector].

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The Guide To The Biggest Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector

Trading commodities has been popular for many years, as investors can use a number of different resources to gain access to their favorite commodity investments. But it was only a more recent development that commodities earned their keep in a long-term portfolio. Now, a small, but important, allocation to commodities is a necessity of any well diversified portfolio, as these investments offer a number of advantages such as hedging against inflation and maintaining low correlation levels to traditional asset classes [see also Commodity Investing: Physical vs. Futures].

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Daily Commodity Roundup: Crude Gains On Supply Drop, Lumber Gets Burned On Housing Sales

Today saw major equities finish slightly down, which is to be expected after posting their largest gains in a year yesterday. American government officials continue to debate over a debt ceiling deal, although many are now predicting that the latest plan will need to be revised before it can pass through the Senate. While investors hope for a deal to be struck soon, only time will tell how long it will take for Congress to approve the legislation that will dictate how our nation moves forward with the current debt levels. As a result of this focus on debt, many commodities saw a relatively slow day, as the UBS Bloomberg CMCI index gave up just 1.9 points while the S&P GSCI finished up by about seven points in total.

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