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Metals ETFs – Investing in Base and Industrial Metals

List of Metal ETFs


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There’s no doubt that when it comes to metals, gold and precious metals get all of the press. And that includes the world of investing. With the economy and market acting as crazy as they are, gold ETFs and precious metal ETFs are as popular now as they ever were. But that doesn’t mean investors should forget about the “other” metal ETFs.

Base metals and industrial metals are important commodities in sectors such as construction and technology, so they shouldn’t be ignored. Whether you are looking to diversify your portfolio or see an opportunity with metal commodities, you should consider metal ETFs for your investing strategy.

There are a quite few different types of metal ETFs to consider for your portfolio. Some metal funds target metals as commodities, using futures to track the underlying target assets. While some other ETFs target company stocks that are involved in the mining, exploration, or distribution of the metals. There are also inverse, leveraged, and international metal ETFs and some metal ETNs as well.

So if you are now interested in these funds, here is a list of metal ETFs for your research…

  • BDD - PowerShares DB Base Metals Double Long ETN
  • BDG - PowerShares DB Base Metals Long ETN
  • BOM - PowerShares DB Base Metals Double Short ETN
  • BOS - PowerShares DB Base Metals Short ETN
  • DBB - PowerShares DB Base Metals ETF
  • GRWN - iPath Pure Beta Softs ETN
  • HEVY - iPath Pure Beta Industrial Metals ETN
  • JJM - iPath DJ-UBS Industrial Metals Total Return Sub-Index ETN
  • PICK - iShares MSCI Global Select Metals & Mining Producers Fund
  • PSTL - PowerShares Global Steel ETF
  • REMX - Market Vectors Rare Earth Strategic Metals ETF
  • RJZ - ELEMENTS Rogers International Commodity Metal ETN
  • RGRI - RBS Rogers Enhanced Industrial Metals ETN
  • SLX - Market Vectors Steel ETF
  • UBG - UBS E-TRACS CMCI Industrial Metals Total Return ETN
  • UBM - UBS E-TRACS CMCI Industrial Metals Total Return ETN
  • USMI - United States Metals ETF
  • XME - SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF
  • I will continue to add to this list as more metal ETFs are created and update it of any are delisted. And if you want more details on any of these funds, click on the highlighted link to a more detailed summary of each ETF.

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