Why I'm concerned about Cuban Agriculture
by Jeff Siegel
Monday, September 15, 2014
Last week, representatives from the Illinois Cuba Working Group (ICWG) visited Washington in an attempt to persuade Congress and President Obama to loosen trade restrictions with Cuba.
According to reports, those on the trade mission were represented by the Illinois Soybean Growers, Cargill, Chicago Foods International, Huron Commodities and Koch Foods.
Although I'm in full support of lifting all trade restrictions with Cuba, I must admit that a sad reality associated with the loosening of ...
When Social Responsibility Leads to Profits
by Tim Conneally
Friday, September 12, 2014
Actively managed mutual funds have caught a lot of flak over the last few years.
They can't beat the market in the long run. They can't keep up with broad indices. They never stay hot when they're hot.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal posted an analysis of more than 700 mutual funds. Over 85% of the funds had lost at least one “star” from their Morningstar rating over the course of ten years.
They are managed by humans after all, and humans are fallible.
Because of this, ETFs have ...
Buy Coffee ETNs on the Dips
by Jeff Siegel
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Last month, after futures prices for Arabica coffee fell to their lowest levels in almost five months, I suggested using the dip as an opportunity to play coffee futures for either a short-term trade or a long-term investment.
As I mentioned in that piece, despite that temporary dip in coffee futures, 2014 has been a fantastic year for coffee ETNs: the iPath Dow Jones UBS Coffee ETN (NYSE: JO) and the iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN (NYSE: CAFE). Take a look:
And since that article, both ETNs have ...