On our most recent radio broadcast, John Hyland, Chief Investment Officer for United States Commodity Funds, joined us to discuss investing in commodities and commodity exchange traded products. At The ETF Store, we believe commodities can play a very important role for most long-term investors as part of a well-diversified portfolio. Commodities have traditionally served as an excellent inflation hedge and can potentially offer substantial portfolio diversification benefits. ETFs have changed the game for investors by offering easy and cost effective access to commodity exposure that, in the past, would have typically been reserved for sophisticated, wealthy, and/or institutional investors. ETFs have essentially "democratized" commodity investing. John offered his thoughts on commodities as an investment and discussed the potential benefits of investing in commodities through exchange traded products. John also delved into some specific commodity sectors that currently seem appealing.
In our weekly market update, we discussed the 35%+ decline in Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and explained how an ETF such as the Powershares QQQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) could be a better way to go for diversified exposure to Apple. We also explained the so-called "earnings cliff" (no - not the "fiscal cliff") and how it could potentially impact your investments. Finally, in our ETF spotlight segment, we highlighted a particularly interesting broad based commodity ETF, the United States Commodity Index Fund (ticker USCI), and described how this ETF differs from some of the other broad based commodity exchange traded products. We also compared this ETF to one of the largest commodity mutual funds.