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ETF Strategist - Commodities

IN FOCUS: Commodities

Geopolitics, weather, speculators. They can all play a major role in the volatile, boom-bust world of commodities, where momentum can overpower fundamentals.

  • The Bull Case
    By: Mark McLaughlin,|Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 11:28 AM ET
    ETF-commodities-lead-bull.jpg

    Corn, energy and some industrial metals look particularly well positioned for gains in the year ahead, thanks to  tight inventory levels and potential supply shocks.

  • The Bear Case
    By: Mark McLaughlin,|Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 11:25 AM ET
    ETF-commodities-lead-bear.jpg

    With commodities enjoying a robust start to 2012, some traders are concerned that crude oil and other hard assets are ripe for a fall.

  • A Model Bull Portfolio
    By: Mark McLaughlin,|Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 11:28 AM ET

    In targeting the most promising subsectors or individual commodities, consider platinum, palladium, copper and corn.

  • A Model Bear Portfolio: Commodities
    By: Mark McLaughlin,|Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    If abundance is the enemy of commodity traders, the current landscape is a veritable  minefield.

  • The Sideways Play
    By: Mark McLaughlin, |Special to CNBC.com
    Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 2:31 PM ET

    When it comes to playing it safe with commodities, you'll want a portfolio  with winners to offset the inevitable losers.

Videos

  • Herb on the Street: ETF Fees Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 | 2:51 PM ET
    Herb on the Street: ETF Fees

    CNBC's Herb Greenberg discusses tricky ETF fees.

  • Options Action: Homebuilders Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 5:45 PM ET
    Options Action:  Homebuilders

    An options strategy on the homebuilder's ETF, with Mike Khouw, CRT Capital.

  • Volatility Playbook: The ETF Play Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 5:48 PM ET
    Volatility Playbook: The ETF Play

    Are ETFs systematically buying most VIX futures and should investors stay away? Matt Hougan, ETF Analytics president, weighs in.

  • Pimco Launches Total Return ETF Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 9:38 AM ET
    Pimco Launches Total Return ETF

    Pimco co-CIO Bill Gross discusses the mutual fund's total return fund, offered to investors as an ETF.

  • ETF Titan on Evolution of ETFs Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
    ETF Titan on Evolution of ETFs

    The manager of the world's two largest ETFs, Anthony Rochte, State Street Global Advisors, discusses how ETFs are changing now. "We do not sponsor leverage/inverse ETFs," he tells CNBC's Bob Pisani.

  • ETF Inflows Level Off Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
    ETF Inflows Level Off

    ETFs are gaining but still not overtaking mutual funds, reports CNBC's Bob Pisani.

  • Trading Volatility with ETFs Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
    Trading Volatility with ETFs

    Using ETFs to manage risk and volatility, with Nick Cherney, VelocityShares, and CNBC's Bob Pisani. Also, Scott Nations, NationsShares, explains why he thinks these products are too expensive.

  • Charles Schwab's 2012 ETF Outlook Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
    Charles Schwab's 2012 ETF Outlook

    This year will bring more choices via new uses for ETFs, say Beth Flynn and Michael Iachini, Charles Schwab.

  • Investing in ETFs Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
    Investing in ETFs

    Taking the pulse of the $1 trillion ETF industry and where to invest, with Gus Sauter, Vanguard Group and CNBC's Bob Pisani.

Slideshows

  • Top Performing Commodities ETFs of 2012
    By: CNBC.com
    Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 5:05 PM ET
    There may be no better way to appreciate the diversity of exchange traded funds than by looking at the commodities sector of the asset class. There are several hundred 100 ETFs and their close cousin, ETNs, or exchange traded notes. The group covers everything from energy to metals to agriculture to livestock. There are broad and narrow funds, ones based on an index or futures trading and still others that hold the actual commodity. There are precious and industrial metals, foodstuffs and livest

    There may be no better way to appreciate the diversity of exchange traded funds than by looking at the commodities sector of the asset class.

  • How Are Rare Earth Elements Used? Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 9:58 AM ET
    Rare earth elements have drawn worldwide attention in recent months, with uncertainty from the world’s largest producer, China, making investors uneasy about products and industries that require these substances. Rare earth elements are a collection of seventeen members of the periodic table, as defined by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, but the name is somewhat misleading. Composed mostly of members of the Periodic table’s lanthanide series, rare earths are similar in abu

    Click for an element-by-element breakdown of the rare earth elements and how they are used in today’s economy.

  • 10 Outrageous Objects Made of Gold
    By: Michael Kearns|CNBC.com
    Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 8:57 PM ET
    With gold hitting record highs, we were thinking about all the different ways you can own it.Sure, you can buy gold bars, or an ETF to try to take advantage of the hot metal's rise. Or you can go for something a little more fun. So here's a look at some unusual ways some people have found to stake their gold claims.

    For some people, gold is the ultimate safe haven commodity. Here's a look at the 10 most outrageous items some people have found to stake their gold claims.

Investing

  • Morgan Stanley stirred markets with a "full house" buy alert on European stocks, but a senior executive at rival Goldman Sachs urged caution.

  • Netflix

    Netflix shares were down 3 percent midday Wednesday on news Citron Research tweeted it was time to short Netflix.

  • Leon Cooperman

    Omega joined the growing chorus of investors blaming last week's stock market sell-off on trading strategies pioneered by funds like Bridgewater.

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By the Numbers

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