What You Need To Know About Commodity Indexes

For many investors, index investing continues to draw support in most portfolios. The proponents of the passive style of investing continue to grow as the poor returns of the “lost decade” have shown that active investment management, for the most part, fails to the beat the market–especially once trading costs, fund fees and taxes are taken into account. As index investing is relatively passive, index funds usually have lower management fees and expenses than actively-managed funds. As such, the number of stock and bond index funds and ETFs continues to grow, and that growth is also spreading into the commodity space [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 New Jim Rogers Commodity ETNs Launching

Jim Rogers has long been one of the most influential names in the commodity world, as his insights and strategies have been well documented. His name is already attached to a number of popular commodity funds, and you can now add 5 more to that tally. Jim Rogers has teamed up with RBS to launch a slew of optimized commodity ETNs, each with a unique focus on the broad space [for more commodity ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Why Jim Rogers Still Loves Agricultural Commodities

Given all of the turmoil in markets this year, we have seen a number of investors change their positions on statements made in the past. Jim Rogers, for example, has now stated that he is looking into investing in Russia after snubbing the country for his entire investing life. But there is one thing that Rogers is still as bullish as ever on, agricultural commodities. It has been no secret that he has been a fan of these hard assets for quite some time, but a recent interview shows that he still loves these commodities and is as bullish as ever [for more agricultural 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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How to Build a Commodity Guru Portfolio

When it comes to commodity investing, there is perhaps no bigger name in the industry than the legendary investor Jim Rogers. As it is our understanding, Rogers has a rather bullish outlook on agricultural commodities, citing that prices are still depressed on a historical basis. The Wall Street Guru has also expressed his belief in investing in emerging markets, specifically in Asia, as the demand for energy and agricultural goods from these economies continues to rise alongside the booming populations across continent. For those investors who looking adopt an investment strategy that is inspired by the legendary investor (but one that is by no means endorsed by Jim Rogers), we outline an all ETF portfolio that is constructed with several key principles in mind that fall in-line with our understanding of Rogers’ outlook for various corners of the global market [for more agriculture allocation ideas subscribe to our free newsletter].

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