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Oil ETFs - What are the Choices for an Oil ETF

Oil is a popular investment target these days as the price of oil shows a lot of volatility, and provides some diversification as it doesn’t move in concert with the overall market. As an alternative to investing in oil stocks or trading crude oil directly, you may wish to invest directly in ETF’s that track an oil index.

Gold ETF Funds and Gold Mutual Funds - Diversifying Portfolios with Gold

Gold ETFs and gold mutual funds can add some needed diversification to your portfolio. In our series on building high return, low risk portfolios, we have learned that an asset class can be of value to our portfolio if it add to the return, or if it is sufficiently uncorrelated to the rest of the portfolio to reduce the risk without reducing the returns.

One common piece of investment advice is to add precious metals, often specifically gold, to your portfolio as a way to hedge or reduce the overall risk of the portfolio. The rationale, of course, is that gold often moves in the opposite direction of the overall market, as when there is a great deal of uncertainty, or the fear of inflation, or even something as severe as the threat of war, then gold will often move up in value.

A Coal ETF - A New Commodity Based ETF in Energy

We have previously taken a look at a handful of commodity based ETFs as a way to diversify your investing portfolio. One of the problems with commodity based ETF’s to this point has been that the choices aren’t really representative of the wide range markets represented by the commodity markets. But that is changing over time, for example a new coal based ETF recently caught our eye.

Gold Mutual Funds - Are They as Good As Gold?

In a previous post, we talked some about the options mutual fund investors had for investing in gold mutual funds. It turns out there are several options we have, and they are a powerful vehicle for adding diversification to your overall mutual fund portfolio. We covered the diversification effects of gold mutual funds previously, but this study focused on funds using gold stocks, primarily gold mining stocks. But we often get questions related to the performance of gold funds, and how correlated they are to the actual price of gold.

Oil Stocks - How to Invest in Oil Stocks

Should I invest in oil stocks?

That’s a question that a lot of investors have been asking themselves over the last couple of years. The fundamentals of the oil stocks story aside, the case can be made that investing in oil stocks is a reasonable way for the average investor to hedge his individual energy costs (like the price of a tank of gas or your electric bill) with part of their portfolio. It’s interesting that paying an extra $5 a tank at the pump doesn’t feel so bad if you have oil stocks in your portfolio that have just gone up 5% as well. And many average investors can’t trade crude oil directly.

Of course, these are some of the most volatile stocks around, and many of the penny stocks are associated with the energy industry as well. So, how best to invest in oil stocks?

Gold Mutual Funds to Diversify Your Portfolio

In a previous article on gold mutual funds, we explored the impact that holding a postition in gold mutual funds could have on the volatility and risk of your overall portfolio. The impact was not as great as you would think given the standard advice to hold a metals position to diversify your portfolio.