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Gold ETFs post longest run in a decade

October 9, 2019

As global tensions escalate and signs of a slowdown mount, more investors are turning to gold. Worldwide holdings in bullion-backed exchange-traded funds have expanded for 17 days in a row, the longest run of inflows since 2009. The total stash...

Barclays offers first zero-fee ETNs

October 8, 2019

Barclays is opening a new front in a brutal price war between asset managers. The British bank is starting the first no-fee exchange-traded notes in the U.S., joining a growing number of institutions that are offering investors their products...

The case against gold

September 23, 2019

With the price of gold up nearly 18% since the start of the year, some market watchers are calling it a "crowded trade." That's just one of the reasons some financial advisers give for steering clear of the precious metal at this point in the...

Timber ETFs get bump from natural disasters

October 27, 2017

Clients who want to branch out into commodities might consider timber ETFs. Commodities funds have produced lackluster returns this year, losing 0.08% vs. a 16.22% gain for the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index. The top-performing commodities...

Markets tumble as trade war escalates

May 13, 2019

U.S. stocks and commodities tumbled Monday after China retaliated with higher tariffs on a range of American goods. Meanwhile, Treasurys jumped as investors fled to safe havens. The S&P 500 headed for the biggest slide in four months and the...

Oil supply shock and awe suggests more downside

January 13, 2015

In just one week, oil prices skidded by more than 10%, sparking a selloff in U.S. equities of 3.5%, a Treasury rally of more than 20 basis points, and global headlines of growth fears and tumult. Surprisingly, I'm not talking about last week....

A 20% allocation to gold? Seriously.

August 21, 2014

If history is your guide, the case for owning lots of gold all the time is an easy one to make. With a 40-year compound annual growth rate of more than 7.5%, gold's long-term performance is second only to equities, at 8.2%. Jerry Wagner, founder...

Goldman Sachs' oil forecasting prowess … or lack thereof

October 30, 2014

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is often in the limelight for hiring the best talent on Wall Street, winning the high-profile deals, having close ties to the government and paying enormous compensation. It's also a firm under intense scrutiny and...

The Takeaway: Lead — yes lead — could shield investors from Treasury yield spike

January 4, 2013

Portfolio Scott Krisiloff: It's very hard for top Dow stocks in any given year to repeat that performance in the following one. (Avondale) Some bank stocks that still have room to run even after last year's sector dominance. (iBankCoin) The...

Jeffrey Saut: Bulls are still in control

August 28, 2012

The following is an excerpt from the commentary of Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist and managing director of equity research at Raymond James & Associates, for Monday, Aug. 27. To read the full commentary, click here. Unfortunately,...

Test-driving retirement plans

July 22, 2012

For many preretirees, the idea of post-career living, where every day is like Saturday, is tantalizing. In reality, nearly half of retirees find it difficult to adjust to the lack of structure, loss of identity and boredom. The problem is inadequate...

Lump-sum offers present risks and opportunities

July 8, 2012

Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. made headlines over the past two months when they offered nonunion retirees a chance to swap their monthly pensions for a lump-sum payout. Although only about 130,000 retirees are affected by the auto giants'...

Where GLD's $70B in gold is hidden

March 12, 2012

There's roughly $70 billion in gold bars backing the GLD Spider Trust - all secretly stashed at one vault in a location that few people in the world currently know, and few people have ever even seen. CNBC was granted access (with Bob Pisani...

Peter Schiff: Why Warren Buffett is wrong about gold

March 6, 2012

The gold doomsayers have found their champion in the media's favorite financial adviser and one of the world's richest men. Warren Buffett, the man dubbed the "Oracle of Omaha," has repeatedly and publicly denied that gold is an investment,...

Frank Holmes: What's really driving gold?

November 15, 2011

Frank Holmes, chief executive officer and chief investment officer of U.S. Global Investors, stopped by the InvestmentNews office to talk about the direction of gold throughout the remainder of 2011, and beyond. Mr. Holmes also offered a unique...

Flag pattern says gold is about to flag

October 23, 2011

Gold prices, down 14% since touching a record last month, are poised for more losses, according to technical analysis by Steel Vine Investments LLC. Bullion's advance from the Sept. 26 low of $1,535 an ounce to a high of $1,696.80 last Monday...

Are commodities still a justifiable diversifier?

July 21, 2013

By now, advisers can't help but wonder if they should get their clients out of commodities-linked funds and exchange-traded products. Certainly, the performance numbers have been nothing to cheer about. Year-to-date through June, open-end commodities...

The price of tea in China — and what it means for your clients

May 11, 2011

An interesting — and somewhat worrisome — article from Bloomberg today reported that China's inflation rate held above 5% in April. In fact, the inflation rate in the People's Republic has exceeded Premier Wen Jiabao's 4% target each month...

Midas moment: States rushing to make gold legal tender

April 10, 2013

Distrust of the Federal Reserve and concern that U.S. dollars may become worthless are fueling a push in more than a dozen states to recognize gold and silver coins as legal tender. Arizona is poised to follow Utah, which authorized bullion...

Oil price jump benefits investors for now, but potential for crises abounds

March 13, 2011

Institutional investors are seeing short-term gains from their recent commodities investments, but those gains could be overshadowed by an economic catastrophe if political turmoil overseas causes a drop in demand or an oil price spike to more...

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