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Rebalance Your ETF Portfolio

There are circumstances where it makes sense to trade ETFs rather than buy and hold. For example, you need to rebalance your portfolio, typically on an annual basis, to keep risk in check [more…]

Why Rebalancing Your ETF Portfolio Is Critical

Prepare yourself for the next market storm! How? The answer is fairly simple: Don’t allow any one slice of your ETF portfolio to overtake the rest. Periodically pull your portfolio back into balance. [more…]

How Often You Should Rebalance Your ETF Portfolio

The question of how often to rebalance an investment portfolio has been studied and restudied since long before ETFs arrived on the scene. Most financial professionals agree that once a year is a good [more…]

Build and Preserve Wealth in the Commodities Markets

You invest in commodities because you’ve realized that it’s better to have your money working for you than to have it sit in a bank account earning so little interest that you end up losing money when [more…]

Commodities Investments: How to Calculate Your Net Worth

Building wealth through investing in commodities takes a lot of time, effort, and discipline — unlike winning the lottery or getting a large inheritance. Achieving your financial goals takes a conscious [more…]

Commodities Investments: How to Identify Your Tax Bracket

Taxes have a direct impact on how much of the assets that you have invested in commodities you get to keep at the end of the day. You must understand the implications that taxes can have on your portfolio [more…]

How to Make Room in Your Portfolio for Commodities

One of the most common questions from investors is, “How much of my portfolio should I have in commodities?” The answer is usually simple: It depends. To answer that question, you have to take into account [more…]

Commodities and the Business Cycle

Commodities are cyclical in nature. Returns on commodity investments aren’t generated in a vacuum — they’re influenced by a number of economic forces. In other words, the performance of commodities, like [more…]

An Introduction to Commodity Companies

Another route you can take to get exposure to commodities is to buy stocks of commodity companies. These companies are generally involved in the production, transformation, or distribution of various commodities [more…]

Why Commodity Indexes Are Useful

A commodity index tracks the price of a futures contract of an underlying physical commodity on a designated exchange. When you invest through one of the commodity indexes, you’re actually investing in [more…]

How to Make Money with Commodities Indexes

You can invest through a commodity index by using a number of methods. You can choose from five widely followed commodity indexes, and each one is tracked and traded differently. [more…]

Commodity Master Limited Partnerships

If you’re interested in investing in companies that are involved in the production, transformation, and distribution of commodities, one of the best ways to do so is to invest in a [more…]

The S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index

The S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (S&P GSCI) is one of the most closely watched indexes in the market. Launched in 1992 by the investment bank Goldman Sachs, it tracks the performance of 24 commodity [more…]

The Reuters/Jefferies Commodity Research Bureau Index

Created in 1957 as the Commodity Research Bureau’s official commodity-tracking index, this index is the oldest commodity index in the world. The original index received its most recent makeover in 2005 [more…]

The Dow Jones–AIG Commodity Index

With approximately $31 billion tracking it (2010 figures), the Dow Jones–AIG Commodity Index (DJ-AIGCI) is one of the most widely followed indexes in the market. The DJ-AIGCI places a premium on liquidity [more…]

The Rogers International Commodities Index

With a grand total of 35 listed commodities, the Rogers International Commodities Index (RICI) tracks the most commodities among the different indexes. The RICI is the brainchild of famed commodities investor [more…]

The Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index

Launched in 2003 by Deutsche Bank, the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index (DBLCI) is the new kid on the index block and has the most distinct approach to tracking commodity futures contracts. The DBLCI [more…]

How to Determine Which Commodities Index to Use

With so many commodities indexes to choose from, how do you decide which one to follow? Generally, the S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (S&P GSCI) is the most tracked index in the market — it has the [more…]

Commodity Trading Advisors

If you’re interested in investing in commodities through the futures markets or on a commodity exchange, getting the help of a trained professional to guide you down this path is always a good idea. [more…]

Commodity Pools

Another way you can get access to the commodities futures markets is to join a commodity pool. As its name suggests, a commodity pool is a pool of funds that trades in the commodities futures markets. [more…]

The Competition in Commodities Exchanges

Whether you’re an individual seeking to hedge commodity prices for the future or an investor interested in capturing price discrepancies and fluctuations in the global commodity markets, the commodity [more…]

Self-Directed Commodity Accounts

After you select a commodity brokerage firm you’re comfortable with, it’s time to open an account and start trading! You can choose from a number of different brokerage accounts. Most firms will offer [more…]

Ways to Invest in Commodities Futures

You have a number of investment vehicles to access the commodities futures markets. A common misconception among investors is that you can only trade commodities by opening a futures account. While the [more…]

Invest in Commodities Companies

Because the commodities markets are so wide and deep, you have a number of investment vehicles to access these markets. While the futures markets certainly provide an avenue into the commodities markets [more…]

How to Minimize Your Risk by Diversifying Your Stock Investments

Diversification is a strategy for reducing stock risk by spreading your money across different investments. It’s a fancy way of saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” But how do you go about [more…]

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