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4 ETFs Shining Brighter Than Gold

The obsession over gold ignores the better returns that come with silver, lithium, copper and even cotton and soybeans.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Everybody knows by now that the price of gold has been skyrocketing over money-printing concerns, but what about corn, cotton, copper and coffee? Many individual investors are so blinded by gold's new popularity that they are missing potential profits in other commodities even as they hit record levels.

And now that there are exchange-traded funds linked to these once ignored commodities, there are more options than ever to capture some of these gains. The

Teucrium Corn ETF

(CORN) - Get Teucrium Corn Fund Report

, for example, is up 45% since June, versus an 11% rise in the

SPDR Gold ETF

(GLD) - Get SPDR Gold Shares Report

.

Heck, with that kind of return, we'll take corn over gold any day!

TheStreet

spoke with ETF experts Tom Lydon, editor of

ETF Trends

, and Christian Magoon, CEO of

Magoon Capital

, to get their suggestions on how to cash in on commodity ETFs:

iShares Gold Trust

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(IAU) - Get iShares Gold Trust Report

"Gold is experiencing positive momentum after further talk of quantitative easing has investors seeking the security of gold. IAU is the second-largest U.S. traded gold ETF with AUM over $3 billion, and has an expense ratio 40% less than the largest gold ETF, making it a relative bargain."


-- Christian Magoon, CEO of Magoon Capital

iShares Silver Trust

(SLV) - Get iShares Silver Trust Report

"Everyone's talking about gold, but silver has been doing far better: SLV is up 37.4% year-to-date, while the GLD is up 22.7% for the year. When gold prices rise, silver tends to rise faster because it's far more versatile and cheaper than gold: it's a store of value, a precious metal and is widely used in industry."

-- Tom Lydon, editor of ETF Trends

Powershares DB Agriculture Fund

(DBA) - Get Invesco DB Agriculture Fund Report

"Commodities like coffee, corn and wheat are in high demand due to worldwide population growth coupled with higher standards of living. DBA provides exposure to these commodities as well as cotton, livestock, soybeans and other fundamental agricultural commodities."

-- Christian Magoon, CEO of Magoon Capital

iShares MSCI Chile

(ECH) - Get iShares MSCI Chile ETF Report

"Copper prices have soared to 27-month highs on hopes of a

Fed

stimulus and an expectation that global growth would continue to boost commodity demand. Modern buildings can't go without copper because it is used in pipes and wiring. Chile is the world's largest copper producer, and ECH has roughly 20% exposure to the country's miners."


-- Tom Lydon, editor of ETF Trends

Global X Lithium ETF

(LIT) - Get Global X Lithium & Battery Tech ETF Report

"Lithium is a metal that is used in batteries to power the majority of laptops, cell phones and, yes, the iPad. Lithium batteries give the user a longer battery life in a lighter package, thus making it the best option to power today's mobile devices. LIT provides exposure to the lithium mining companies and battery makers in this burgeoning green power industry."

-- Christian Magoon, CEO of Magoon Capital

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