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A Commodity ETF For Everyone In 2011

|Includes: iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee ETN (JO)
Alright, so you sat out part or all of the commodities bull market of 2010. Maybe you found yourself in the same spot as so many investors and saw the percentage gains for the likes of gold, cotton, copper and other commodities piling up and thought it was too late to hop on the train. Then you'd look at the same trade a month later, realizing you would've made money.

Don't kick yourself. Despite going undefeated with precious metals trades in 2010 for ETF Profit Report subscribers, now that I have the benefit of hindsight, I wish we had loaded up the portfolio with commodities ETFs and ETNs and let it ride. Ah yes, hindsight isn't too valuable in this situation, but foresight is and that's why I want to guide you through some compelling commodities ideas for 2011.

Better yet, I want to go off the beaten (kind of) and look at opportunities beyond gold, silver and oil. If those are the only commodities ETFs your broker is telling you about, fire him right now. Gold and oil aren't for everyone, but I assure you there's a commodities exchange traded product for every type of investor.

For the investor that needs a fix...

Try coffee and by coffee I mean the iPath DJ-UBS Coffee TR Sub-Index ETN (NYSE: JO). This is not a buy pick for all investors. Coffee is extremely volatile and JO is thinly traded, only enhancing the volatility. That said, 400 million cups of coffee are consumed each day in the U.S, according to, and consumption is growing in the emerging markets (of course). Think investing in Starbucks beats JO? Think again.

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One of the "other" white metals

You've probably heard a little something about palladium and platinum over the past year as both have delivered pretty nice returns for investors, though one has outperformed the other. Palladium will probably be the better performer of this pair in 2010 and there chart below illustrates why. Fortunately, investors have several options when it comes to ETFs that offer exposure to physical palladium.

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Down on the farm

I really love some of the ETNs out there that track agricultural commodities, but I wouldn't recommend these thinly traded, ultra-volatile funds to every investor. Investors of all stripes can feel comfortable with stock-based ETFs that offer exposure to the farm.

Knowing the world needs to eat isn't enough. If that was relevant investment advice, we could all buy Kraft stock and just wait for it to go up. The better bet on increased food consumption isn't companies whose products you see at the grocery store, it's the companies whose stuff you see on the farm. Either in the soil (crop nutrients and fertilizer producers) or moving around on top of the soil (farm equipment makers). This is another genre with several options.

Don't let the next commodities bull market pass you by!

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