Through the end of September, 2012 has by and large been another solid year for commodities. Measuring commodity performance can be a little tricky though, as many commodity ETFs and ETNs hold various contracts throughout the year and roll those contracts according to their investment mandate. What that means is that ETF/ETN performance can vary from the underlying commodities [for more commodity ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
While many regular investors do find that commodity futures offer certain advantages
as investment options, a large number look to get their exposure
through ETFs and ETNs, and it is the performance of these vehicles that
we will use as proxies for this article.
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