Lara Crigger

Lara Crigger is a senior staff writer for and ETF Report.

Features and News

Andrew Schectman: Gold Driven By Manipulation, Supply Shortages

The co-founder of precious metals firm Miles Franklin, LLC shares his outlook on the future of the ‘stealth' bull market in gold.
  • Why he foresees a major gold shortage soon
  • What role manipulation plays in the global gold market
  • Why the best days are still ahead for gold investors

Features and News

Daniel Spears: The Index Approach To MLPs

This overlooked asset class is commodities' best-kept secret, says a partner and portfolio manager for Swank Capital.
  • How MLPs are like REITs
  • How to use MLPs to hedge inflation
  • The details on the new Cushing 30 MLP Index

Features and News

Brian Nick: Time To Short Gold

This Barclays Wealth investment strategist explains why now is the right time to short the yellow metal.
  • Why we're not headed toward inflation
  • How ETFs have changed gold's demand picture
  • What's the real fair value for gold?

Features and News

Ken Armstead: The Active Approach To Commodities

The CEO of Absolute Plus Management explains why active beats passive when it comes to commodities.
  • The risks of a passive approach
  • Will we see active commodity ETFs?
  • Can contango continue—and does it matter?

ETF Report

 Cash In: Money Market ETFs

With yields these days scraping record lows, old-school money market mutual funds—the traditional “go-to” asset class for short-term cash allocations—have left many investors considering the mattress. Exchange-traded funds might seem like a natural alternative, but there aren’t any genuine money market ETFs in the U.S. at the moment; despite the prevalence of such funds in Europe, the space remains something of a vacuum in the U.S., largely untouched by stateside providers. But that’s not to say that investors are entirely out of luck. Those looking to park their cash somewhere still have a few ETF alternatives available.

Features and News

Satch Chada: Using Equities To Play Commodities

Managing director for Jefferies Asset Management, LLC gives the case for equities as commodities exposure.
  • Stocks: pros and cons
  • Can record demand continue?
  • Details on the new Wildcatters ETF

Features and News

Jim Ross: Another Good Year Ahead For GLD

SSgA's senior managing director gives us his 2010 outlook for the world's largest gold ETF.
  • The fundamentals for gold in 2010
  • Does GLD move the market?
  • What's really behind the 0.40% expenses

Features and News

Graham Tuckwell: ‘Pent-Up Demand’ Behind Fund’s Success

The chairman of ETF Securities discusses his firm's new physically backed platinum and palladium funds.
  • More than $100 million in assets already
  • The silence from automakers
  • Will PPLT and PALL move their markets?