Matt Hougan

Matt Hougan is CEO of Inside ETFs, a division of Informa PLC. He spearheads the world's largest ETF conferences and webinars. Hougan is a three-time member of the Barron's ETF Roundtable and co-author of the CFA Institute’s monograph, "A Comprehensive Guide to Exchange-Trade Funds."

Features and News


The media all of a sudden discovers that commodities are driving up shipping prices. But what’s the story behind the story?

  • Two WSJ stories in one week
  • Trouble in the Panama canal
  • The importance of soybeans???

Features and News

Cottoning On To Cotton

A perfect storm of high wheat prices, subsidy pressure and steady global demand could push cotton prices higher.

  • Wheat, corn or cotton?
  • A left/right coalition?
  • Huge demand

Features and News

An Interview With Brad Zigler

The former head of education and research at BGI considers ETFs, commodities and the "commodities bubble."

  • ETFs: Best thing since sliced bread?
  • Risk in the ETN market?
  • Finding alpha in commodities


Features and News

Hindsight Is 20/20

Commodities posted their best month ever in September. But what have been the best-performing commodities over the past five years?

  • Bread is where the bread is
  • Copper shines brighter than gold
  • Natural gas stinks (unless you time it right)


Features and News

Dow Jones Launches 3-Month Forward Commodity Indexes

ETF Securities plans to launch ETFs based on the indexes. Analysis

Let’s Look At Facts

Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil. Does the National Association of Realtors have you on their payroll, Jim?

Features and News

Morningstar Enters Commodities Space

Morningstar's entry says commodities have come of age.

Features and News

Lead Soldiers On

 What’s the best-performing commodity over the past year? Not oil or gold, but lead...

  • Do we still use lead?
  • Supply constraints at the LME
  • New supply in the offing


Features and News

Is Jim Rogers Crazy?

 Do speculators matter in commodities? Or are they irrelevant to a long-term investor?

  • Short-term vs. long-term
  • Who's driving the bus?
  • How big a role do speculators have?