Obama’s ETF Impact

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September 15, 2009 1:21pm ETF BASIC NEWS NYSE:UNG

obamaWashington (TheStreet) — While President Obama and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission push for greater regulation of the financial instruments at the heart of exchange-traded funds like


United States Natural Gas (UNG), investors are suffering the consequences of uncertainty.

In his address on Wall Street yesterday, Obama highlighted the problems with current regulation, saying, “We’ve seen the development of financial instruments, like derivatives and credit default swaps, without anyone examining the risks or regulating all of the players.” Over the past few months, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission has been examining the role that derivatives-based commodity ETFs, like UNG and United States Oil (USO), have had on the markets they are designed to track.

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