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With Iran backed into a corner, increased tension between the regime and the White House has resurrected talk of a closing of the Strait of Hormuz, the critical waterway by which the bulk of Middle Eastern oil must travel. Jeff Weniger discusses three key positions that may benefit from the current situation.

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With oil two years along in a bull rally, it may be just a matter of time before the purported list of stock market obstacles starts to include retail gasoline pain.

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Oil has recently shown signs of buoyancy after experiencing a brutal decline that lasted 18 months from the summer of 2014 through early 2016. Our Emerging Markets High Dividend strategy is particularly well positioned for rising oil and commodity prices.

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Something strange started happening at the start of 2018. For the first time in a long time, investors started asking us what we thought about commodities.
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Do commodities have a place in your portfolio? Historically, commodities have been an interesting “inflation hedge” type of investment. We know worrying about inflation has not been fashionable for the last five years, but going forward, we think it is important to consider that inflation may not be nonexistent forever.

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Having a broad cross section of Funds across global markets and asset classes gives us perspective on how markets are behaving. Depending on whether one wants to look for positive momentum trends continuing or for a reversal in negative sentiment from the list of poor performers, this review of the top five and bottom five performers in the WisdomTree family could be useful for midyear portfolio check-ups and rebalances.

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