Julian Murdoch

Julian Murdoch is a former staff writer of HardAssetsInvestor.com, which is now part of ETF.com.

Features and News

Strong Gold Demand In Second Quarter As Prices Surge

China and India continue to pace buying to near-record levels.

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Gold Investment Trends: More Than Just GLD

World Gold Council reports strong investment interest in second quarter.

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Q1 Commodity Wrap-Up

We take a closer look at the quarter's best- and worst-performing commodities.

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Middle East Oil Play: Stocks Or Futures?

With the Middle East in turmoil and crude prices rising, many ETF investors are taking a second look at their energy allocations. But given the current state of affairs, do oil futures or equities make more sense?

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Can Copper Recover?

Will tight supply and reconstruction efforts in Japan help buoy the red metal amid lackluster Chinese demand?

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Platinum & Palladium: The New Normal?

Platinum and palladium investors had an outstanding 2010. But does today's price increase signal a new normal for these metals?

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Chris Cook: Brent Oil Market Is ‘Dysfunctional’

Amid the highest Brent-WTI spread in years, the former compliance director for the IPE shares his perspective on the global crude oil market.

ETF Report

 Strategic Metals: Worth The Hype?

ETF investors have been piling money into commodities ETFs—just look at GLD (the SPDR Gold Shares fund), currently the second-largest ETF after SPY (the SPDR S&P 500 fund), with over $55 billion in assets. But savvy (or bored) investors are looking further afield in commodities than just gold and oil. To meet this need, ETF issuers are creating all sorts of sector-specific ETFs for investors. Two ETFs in particular, LIT (the Global X Lithium fund) and REMX (the Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals fund), are now giving ETF investors the ability to play the strategic and rare earth metals sector—if you’re convinced such a thing exists.

Features and News

Marcus Grubb: Gold Demand Driven By East/West Divide

The managing director of investment at the World Gold Council shares his thoughts on the changing demand dynamics for gold.