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I will once again be trying to get out and meet BNN viewers. We can’t get everywhere, but we do try to go where we have interest from viewers. If you would like to see our semi-annual road trip come to a city near you please send us a note at email@example.com and let us know.
In this series of talks we will give an overview of the world markets as we see them; the opportunities and risks ahead. We will also go into detail on how we select and build ETF portfolios.
We showed some of this in last week’s blog, but we ran out of time on air—sometimes live TV does not always work as planned. So this week we will hit a few more points that we did not cover last week and then show investors some of the differences in investing in the commodity markets.
One of the most volatile and most liked (and at times hated) commodities for Canadian investors is natural gas. How many investors have not understood futures-based ETFs well and have had portfolio losses because they did not use the right ETF at the right time? Let me guess, it is many of you when it comes to natural gas, despite my persistent warnings.
There are new ETF innovations coming out all the time and it is hard for investors to choose. I will explain some of the basics this week in understanding the natural gas sector, but this is only touching the surface in a few minutes. Our seminars go into much more detail and offer participants time to ask detailed questions.
Our chart this week shows five ways to play natural gas. Two by way of equities (FCG-N, ZJN-T) and three by way of futures or forwards based holdings (GAS-T, UNG-N, HNU-T). This is not a complete list, there are many other, but it is good for an example. The vast majority of investors have played the futures- and forwards-based ETFs and have lost in this sector. For this extremely volatile sector, equities seem to be the way to go...this is the case where a picture is truly worth a thousand words.
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