Brad Zigler

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Whatever Happened To Those Ethanol Companies?

We follow up with the first-gen corn ethanol producers—and the future isn’t pretty.
  • Why revenues fell even though margins improved
  • The ‘three strikes’ pitched to first-gen ethanol refiners
  • Where are they now?

 

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Can Gold Supplant Commodities In YOUR Portfolio?

Does swapping broad-based commodities exposure for the yellow metal pay off? We crunch the numbers—with some startling results.
  • How endowments approach gold
  • Is gold or GSCI a better diversifier?
  • Why contango matters

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Holiday Shopping Tips For Gold Stocks

Why did positive earnings in gold stocks lead to falling prices? And how can investors play the space intelligently?

  • Good earnings = drop in prices?
  • Alpha and beta don't tell the whole story
  • Running MPT against gold prices—by the numbers

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Time (Again) For Crack Trades?

We take a second look at crack spreads, and how investors can play them using ETFs.
  • What drives a crack spread?
  • How to calculate spreads
  • Which ETFs to use to play cracks

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Clues From The Options Market

What does the options market reveal about market volatility?
  • The options-insurance connection
  • Vega and MOO
  • Historic vs. implied volatility

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Sign Of The Times: Long, Short, Flat In One Index

Can a momentum-based commodity exchange-traded product outperform long-only trackers?
  • LSC vs. DJP: ETNs side by side
  • Contango’s impact on both
  • LSC’s shifting composition

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The Three C’s Of Commodity ETF Returns

What really drives returns for commodity ETFs? It's all a matter of composition, contango and compounding.

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Gold Stocks Vs. Gold: Who's Winning?

Now that gold has broken $1,000/oz, it’s time to ask again—Which is the better investment: gold or gold stocks?
  • A question of time frame
  • Gold stocks in the broader market
  • Gold vs. gold stocks by the numbers

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CFTC Moving Toward Transparency

Is the new DCOT report one small step for the CFTC, one giant leap for market transparency?
  • The reason for the new report
  • COT vs. DCOT explained
  • What did the first report reveal?