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Does Volume Matter? Evaluating ETF Liquidity

An ETF does not require a certain amount of trading volume in order to be liquid. The underlying securities of the ETF determine its liquidity.

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Why Commodities are Different

Commodity ETFs are different than traditional, plain vanilla ETFs and investors need to be made aware of the risks.

Exchange-Traded Funds come in many different “flavors” and therefore, are useful in many different ways for a large variety of investors.  Commodity ETFs and Exchange-Traded Notes have different legal and regulatory structures that make them unique ETF and ETN products.

Commodities are in themselves different investments that require a different structure to be used as ETFs.  Some commodities can be directly held with only limited costs like gold which can be stored in vaults.  Other commodities, like wheat, cannot be stored because of its limited useful life, or are inefficient or extremely difficult to store like oil or natural

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Why the War on Commodity ETFs?

After enjoying a spectacular growth surge earlier this year, commodity ETF managers now find themselves under attack from the U.S.

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EAFE's Currency Investment

Currencies are different than any other type of investment.  The recent sharp fall in the dollar means good things for US investors who are investing abroad. Looking at where foreign investment returns really come from can give a perspective on the purpose of holding foreign assets.

Currencies, unlike stocks, bonds, and commodities, can only derive value on a relative basis against other currencies.  For example, the US Dollar can increase in value against the Euro while decreasing in value against the Chinese Yen.  So, currency valuation is always on a relative basis as it’s a matter of perspective.

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Tactical Inflation Hedging

The prospect for a resurgence in inflation looks high.  The aggressive policy responses put in place around the world to deal with the financial crisis combined with the emerging green shoots that signal a fading recession have investors concerned with how to protect their assets in an environment of rising prices.

However, inflation isn't here yet and may be delayed for the foreseeable future if the world's central bankers can pull off the high wire act of reigning in the money supply without choking off the economic recovery.

These are the questions that the World Gold Council (WGC) recently asked in evaluating four traditional assets that are perceived to perform well during a high inflation environment.

The study's authors set out to determ

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