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Commodity ETFs

ETFs investing in precious metals can be a source of comfort to investors when markets are heading south and the economy is passing through choppy weather. This is also a period when they generate higher returns on a consistent basis, even outperforming stocks. A portfolio with the presence of even a small amount of precious metals can provide sufficient diversification as well as protection against inflation. Precious metals ETFs are the brightest choice for investing in this sector since they possess the advantages of professional management and a wide portfolio.

Exchange Traded Fund YTD Return
ProShares Ultra Gold 23.91%
ProShares Ultra Silver 21.74%
Powershares DB Precious Metals 9.1%

Proshares Ultra Gold (UGL - ETF report) - seeks to replicate 200% of the daily performance of the Gold Bullion as measured in U.S Dollars fixed in London. This ETF has a 0.95% annual expense ratio and has $493.3 million in assets.

ProShares Ultra Silver (AGQ - ETF report) - this ETF tries to replicate  the daily investment results (before fees and expenses) that correspond to twice (200%) the daily performance of silver bullion as measured by the U.S. Dollar fixing price for delivery in London. This ETF has a 0.95% expense ratio and has $1.07 billion in net assets.

Powershares DB Precious Metals (DBP - ETF report) - seeks to relicate the price and yield performance of the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index - Optimum Yield Precious Metals Excess Return. This ETF has a 0.77% expense ratio and has $509.2 million in net assets. The top holdings in the ETF are Gold- Feb. 2012 Future Contract and Silver Future Dec 11 Contract.

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