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The Handbook of Personal Wealth Management, 8th Edition by Jonathan Reuvid

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Investing in commodities using ETPs

NICHOLAS BROOKS, ETF SECURITIES

Commodity investing goes mainstream

Commodity exchange traded products (ETPs) have seen extremely strong investor demand since their introduction in 2003, with assets rising to $171 billion by the end of 2011. Growth has been particularly strong since the 2008 financial crisis, with assets more than tripling since the end of 2008 as commodities and other ‘hard assets’ have become an increasingly important part of mainstream investment portfolios. Commodity ETPs have facilitated the broadening of the investor base for commodities by providing convenient and liquid stock exchange-listed access to markets that were previously the preserve of a relatively small group of specialist ...

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