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Commodity squeeze

Short squeezes have become all the rage in the Equity market over the last month or so and now the commodity market is the next to feel this phenomenon known as the “Short Squeeze”.

Short squeezes are no new phenomenon and have been happening for as long as the markets have been around, the only difference is now social media can put a face, name to it all.

The commodity market has seen the Hunt Brothers cornered the Silver Market over 40 years ago and Natural Gas blow up a couple of year ago. It has happened before, and it is happing again right now with Silver and Gold becoming the “Next Generation Robin Hoods” next target.

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Commodities in focus

Silver – “Silver prices surged to a five-month high on Monday, silver-mining stocks leapt, and coin-selling websites were swamped as small-time investors piled in to the metal, the latest target of a retail-trading frenzy that has set financial markets on edge.” And “The move into silver, following thousands of Reddit posts and hundreds of YouTube videos suggesting that a rise in the physical price could hurt large investors with bets on it falling, is a foray in to a much bigger and more liquid market.” – Reuters

The spot price of Silver has increased as much as 8.4% in early morning trade and should intensify as more participants pile in and the Silver shorts get squeezed.

Here are a couple of ETNs and ETFs to consider:

Locally one might consider the ABSA New Wave Silver ETN (NEWSLV), which is designed to give the INVSTR a cost-effective way of getting exposure to the spot price of Silver in Rands (ZAR). Each of the New Wave Silver ETN (NEWSLV) is equivalent to 1/100th of an ounce of silver bullion.

Down Under, we look to the ETFS Metal Securities Australia Ltd - ETFS Physical Gold ETF in Australia as Gold has been lagging Silver's resurgence and as market volatility picks up, the precious metal might gain some favor.

Land of the Free, we look to the Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL) and the iShares MSCI Global Silver and Metals Miners ETF (SLVP) which will give exposure to Silver and precious metal miners.

Other commodities to consider from the recent Intellidex ETF picks research note is the 1nvest Rhodium ETF (ETFRHO) to diversify your portfolio. “The structural drivers for rhodium remain strong through demand for greener and cleaner technology, while rhodium remains in short supply” - Intellidex

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Informed decisions

The question remains, Will you get squeezed or Will you do the squeezing?

The Exchange Traded Funds and Exchange Traded Notes mentioned will deliver opportunities for the INVSTR but will also be met with high levels of volatility. Be cautious out there!

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Sources – EasyResearch, SeekingAlpha, Koyfin, Yahoo finance, Wikipedia.

Take note: stock data was taken on 01/02/2021 before the US market open.

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