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iShares COMEX Gold Trust ETFFund

 

12.64

  • Change -0.02 (-0.2%)
  • Volume 4.03 M

4:00 PM EDT Jul 23, 2014
U.S. Markets are closed

  • Assets $6,551.8M
  • Expense Ratio 0.25%
  • Yield N/A
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
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Commodity Based ETF

iShares Gold Trust is an investment fund incorporated in the USA. The Fund issues shares representing fractional undivided beneficial interests in its net assets. The assets of the Trust will consist primarily of gold held by the custodian on behalf of the Trust.

Performance
TODAY 1 DAY 5 DAY 10 DAY 1 MO 3 MO 6 MO 1 YR 2 YR 5 YR
-0.2% -0.2% 0.6% -1.8% -1.1% 1.4% 3.2% -3.1% -17.8% 35.4%
Last Close Volume
AVG VOL (10 D) CHANGE
1,983,740 50.7%
Trend on Last Close
  Price EMA EMA P DATE CROSSED
50 DAY 12.64 12.62 0.1% 07-17-2014
200 DAY 12.64 12.73 -0.7% 07-18-2014
Technical
ALPHA BETA R2 STD DEV
0.0036 0.223 0.025 0.057
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  • Geopolitical Tensions Send Investors to Gold ETFs

    07-21-2014 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    A tense situation in the Gaza Strip and the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have combined to send investors scurrying into precious metals exchange traded funds. Despite news that pro-Russian separatists are believed to be the culprits behind the downing of Malaysia Air...

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  • Gold ETFs Get India Help Despite Import Curbs

    07-17-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of gold, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and the ETFS Physical Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), climbed more than 6% last month. Perhaps not coincidentally, gold imports to India surged 65%. Last year, the Indian gove...

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  • Encouraging Technicals for Gold ETFs

    07-09-2014 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of gold are in the midst of an impressive resurgence. Since the start of June, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), ETFS Physical Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) and the iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) are each up more than 6%. ...

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  • Gold Grab Back on as ETF Holdings Rise

    07-02-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of gold, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), have gained over 8% this year, investors have been reluctant to return to gold ETFs after scurrying out of the funds last year. Reluctant until now. Geopolitical t...

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  • Asia Holds Keys for Physical Gold ETFs

    06-25-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Amid escalating tensions in Iraq and talk that interest rates in the U.S. and some other large developed markets are destined to remain low for the foreseeable future, exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of gold have been performed admirably in recent weeks. Over...

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  • Gold ETFs' Luster May Only Be Temporary

    06-24-2014 01:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    After rising due to geopolitical tensions and expectations U.S. interest rates will remain low, gold exchange traded funds may not have many other supports left to keep the rally going. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical ...

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  • Gold ETFs Heading For Second Weekly Gain on Iraq Safety Bets

    06-13-2014 03:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold bullion and related exchange traded funds have strengthened to a two-week high as violence in Iraq fueled the flight to safety. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) were slightly up 0...

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  • Tarnished Gold ETFs Try to Glimmer

    06-09-2014 03:42 PM by Max Chen

    Gold exchange traded funds struggle to regain lost ground as traders use bullion to hedge Eurozone concerns and renewed inflation concerns in the states. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGO...

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  • Traders Dump Gold ETFs as Risk Appetite Rises

    05-27-2014 01:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    With investors focused on riskier equities and the S&P 500 hitting a new intra-day record high, gold exchange traded funds are losing their safe-haven appeal. Physically backed gold ETFs, including the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) an...

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  • Improving Economy Pushes Investors Out of Gold ETFs

    05-21-2014 12:46 PM by Todd Shriber

    Investors believe the U.S. economy is improving and that is proving to be the culprit behind another mass exodus from gold exchange traded products. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world's largest gold ETF, saw its holdings of bullion dwindle to 780.19 metric tons Tu...

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  • Indian Demand Could Lift Gold ETFs

    05-20-2014 01:40 PM by Max Chen

    India could help gold exchange traded funds shine again as industry experts anticipate Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi to roll back import restrictions, but traders shouldn't expect immediate action. According to the World Gold Council and other industry officials, gold imp...

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  • Ukraine Crisis Drives Cash to Gold, Nickel ETFs

    05-12-2014 12:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    Lingering tensions in Eastern Europe spurred inflows to select gold and nickel exchange traded products last week, according to ETF Securities. In a research note out Monday, the firm said long gold ETPs hauled in$36 million last week as investors sought safe-haven plays in pr...

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  • ETFs to Watch as Ukraine, Russia Tensions Escalate

    05-02-2014 03:40 PM by Max Chen

    Without a resolution to the escalating geopolitical tension between Ukraine and Russia, exchange traded fund investors should keep a close eye on a couple of asset classes to help minimize or even profit from the increased volatility. According to analysis on funds in a theore...

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  • Indian Holiday Lifts Gold ETFs

    05-02-2014 02:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds could begin to shine as India heads into a traditionally strong buying season for bullion. Physically backed gold ETFs, including the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: ...

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  • Sentiment Points to Lower Bullion Before a Rally in Gold ETFs

    05-01-2014 03:39 PM by Max Chen

    Gold exchange traded fund watchers may see more pain before a bullish trend appears, according to contrarian analysis. Gold prices rallied last June and December after the Hulbert Gold Newsletter Sentiment Index (HGNSI) dipped to a negative 56.7% and negative 36.7%, respective...

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  • Chinese Demand Could be Golden for Gold ETFs

    04-15-2014 02:12 PM by Max Chen

    China could continue to support gold prices and related exchange traded funds over the next few years due to the country's cultural affinity for the precious metal, rising middle class and growing preference for bullion investments. According to the World Gold Council, China's...

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  • Bullion Base: Gold ETFs Could Rally Some More

    02-10-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Much of the attention being paid to the rally in gold-related exchange traded funds this year has been directed to mining ETFs. That is understandable because not only ETFs such as the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF...

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  • Gold's Safe-Haven Allure Reborn

    02-03-2014 02:56 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity traders are moving back into safe-haven gold exchange traded funds and away from industrial metals on concerns of slowing economic growth in the emerging markets and amid the global sell-off in equities. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEA...

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  • Macro Issues Lift Gold ETFs

    02-03-2014 12:25 PM by Todd Shriber

    Following a brutal 2013 in which the major physically-backed gold exchange traded funds plunged 28.3% with two of those funds ranking among the 10 worst ETFs for annual outflows, bullion has started 2014 on much firmer footing. Last month, the yellow metal posted its best perf...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: All That Glitters

    01-07-2014 12:23 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    We mentioned the recent intraday volatility in the Precious Metals futures markets and how it has translated through ETF trading in products such as GLD (SPDR Gold Trust, Expense Ratio 0.40%), IAU (iShares Gold, Expense Ratio 0.25%) and SLV (iShares Silver Trust, Expense Ratio 0....

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  • This Week’s Most Popular Tickers on ETF Trends

    01-04-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    This certainly was not the start to 2014 eager bulls were looking as the S&P 500 finished the holiday-shortened week to the downside following losses on Thursday and Friday, the first two trading days of 2014. A look at the week's most searched tickers on ETF Trends is alw...

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  • More Technical Pain Seen for Gold

    12-23-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Limping to the end of what has been a dismal year, gold futures and exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of bullion could face more pain if key technical levels are violated. Clinging to the $1,200 area during Monday's Asian session after last week's 2.5%, gold fu...

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  • 2014 Could be a Sequel for Gold and That’s not Good

    12-20-2013 01:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    It sounds like a broken record at this point, but gold has plunged 29% this year, its 13-year bull market has come to a resounding end, gold exchange traded funds are among the worst outflow offenders and mining ETFs are among the worst when it comes to performance. The worst ...

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  • Gold ETFs Bleed Again in December

    12-13-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold futures plunged another 2.6% Thursday as strong retail sales data stoked speculation the Federal Reserve could move to taper its $85 billion-per-month asset-buying program at its policy meeting next week. Tapering talk, as it has for all of this year, punished gold and th...

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  • Glum Technical News for Gold ETFs

    12-02-2013 01:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have been losing their luster this year, and traders may not see prices turn around anytime soon as gold futures breach a key technical level. According to Commerzbank AG, gold prices dipped below $1,234 Monday, one of the levels singled out in Fibon...

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  • Gold’s Bull Market Nears its End

    11-29-2013 09:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and rival physically-backed gold exchange traded funds have careened to losses of more than 26% this, proving along the way that gold's bull market is ending with a resounding thud. Trading around $1,...

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  • Gold ETFs Under Pressure; Banks See More Pain

    11-21-2013 01:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold, once the darling in the investment world, is losing its luster, and exchange traded funds that track the precious metal could continue to weaken, with large banks anticipating further declines in the bullion market. After touching $1,251 per ounce Wednesday, Bank of Amer...

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  • Global Gold Demand Plunges As Investors Dump ETFs

    11-14-2013 01:49 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the emerging market's appetite for gold increased in the third quarter, it wasn't enough to offset the exodus from physically backed gold exchange traded funds and slowing central bank demand. Total gold demand in Q3 2013 was 869 tons, down 21% in the same quarter year-o...

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  • Global Equities Slip Helps Safe-Haven Gold ETFs

    11-14-2013 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Some Wednesday weakness in global equities steered investors toward safer plays, lifting gold prices, along with related exchange traded funds, from a one-month low. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 0.3% Wednesday. GLD is down 24.4% year-to-date. COMEX gold futur...

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  • Gold ETFs Brush Off Central Bank Policies

    11-12-2013 01:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold's inability to pull out of its rut, especially as three major central banks execute loose monetary policies that depreciate their currencies, is a bad sign for bullion-related exchange traded funds. So far this year, gold futures have declined 24%, and now trades around $...

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  • Interesting Times for GLD as it Nears Ninth Anniversary

    11-11-2013 01:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is a week away from its ninth anniversary, one that will be marked by SPDR Gold Shares and the World Gold Council ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday. GLD, the oldest and largest ETF backed by physical holdings o...

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  • Gold ETFs Finally See Inflows

    11-11-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds backed by holdings of physical gold have been under siege this year. So much so that two of the 10 worst ETFs, including the worst, in terms of year-to-date outflows are gold funds. Last week brought a departure from this year's norm as investors actually...

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  • Gold ETFs Can’t Wait for October to End

    10-31-2013 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Today is the last trading day of October and a turning of the calendar cannot arrive soon enough for gold bugs as the yellow metal's gains for the month have almost been cut in half Thursday. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest ETF backed by physical holdings of ...

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  • Gold ETF Outflows Accelerate in October

    10-22-2013 08:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    August and September were stable or a little less bad in terms of outflows from exchange traded products backed by holdings of physical gold, but October is looking like another difficult month in already trying year for gold ETFs. Global holdings in exchange-traded products h...

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  • Asia's Lust for Bullion Could Lift Gold ETFs

    10-18-2013 02:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds could find support from emerging Asia economies as many turn to the precious metal to combat rising inflationary pressure. According to HSBC Holdings Plc., gold jewelry, bars and coin demand in India, Greater China, Indonesia and Vietnam jumped to 60...

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  • Gold ETFs Could Find Support From Central Banks

    10-08-2013 01:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the savage losses incurred as gold prices plunged earlier this year, global central banks still desire gold, supporting precious metal prices and exchange traded funds. According to the World Gold Council, central banks hold 18% of the gold every mined and will add ano...

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  • Gold ETFs Pick Up After Touching Two-Month Low

    10-02-2013 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds strengthened in a delayed reaction to the government shutdown after an unexpected decline triggered by a technical sell-off around a psychological level. The SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca: GLD) gained 2.3% Wednesday, the iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU...

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  • Global Gold ETFs See Biggest Quarterly Outflow

    07-09-2013 10:34 AM by Tom Lydon

    Searching for yield-generating and riskier equity assets on the brightening macroeconomic outlook, investors have redeemed an unprecedented amount gold exchange traded funds over the second quarter. According to ETF Securities, global gold ETFs experienced net outflows of $18....

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  • ETF Webcast: Gold Still Has a Role in Portfolios

    06-18-2013 12:21 PM by Tom Lydon

    Financial advisors still have time to register for our webcast today, Gold's Role in Your Client's Portfolio Today. Interest and access to precious metals has skyrocketed in recent years and gold has found its way into many advisors' clients' portfolios. Today's market may hav...

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  • Gold ETFs Could Shine As Quantitative Easing Flows

    06-12-2013 03:21 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have been unloved for most of the year as investors ease into riskier assets . However, some still believe that the fundamentals are in the yellow metal's favor, pointing to inflationary pressures on the horizon. "When the world figures out the posit...

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  • Forbes Flags Favorite ETFs

    06-10-2013 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds are known for low fees, especially for long term, buy-and-hold investors. Forbes recently compiled a list of ETFs aimed at helping investors preserve wealth through lower investing costs. "Good news for savers: There's a price war in exchange traded funds...

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  • Gold ETFs: Six Straight Months of Outflows

    06-04-2013 05:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    After consecutive years of higher gold prices, traders have finally begun letting go of the precious metal, with gold exchange traded funds experiencing their sixth straight month of outflows. The SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest gold-related ETF, lost $2.9 billion...

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  • Gold ETF Traders More Bullish After Recent Sell-Off

    05-28-2013 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite growing uncertainty over Fed easing and declining gold exchange traded funds, gold traders are now the most bullish in a month, arguing that the stimulus must flow until the economy recovers. According to a Bloomberg survey, twelve analysts predict gold prices to rise ...

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  • Gold ETFs Fuel Selling as Prices Try to Hold $1,400

    05-13-2013 08:51 AM by Tom Lydon

    Physically-backed gold exchange traded funds are used by investors as an easy alternative to buy the metal within the equities markets. However, the innovation in ETFs can also add to the selling pressure on gold. "The ETF revolution set expectations very high and brought a lo...

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  • Gold ETF Outflows Persist After Fed

    05-02-2013 08:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold ETFs fell and outflows continued Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it could either increase or scale back its bond purchases. In April, bullion holdings in gold ETFs fell by 174 metric tons, a record, according to Bloomberg News. Gold exchange traded product ass...

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  • Gold ETFs Contribute to Bullion Price Slide

    04-22-2013 03:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds are recovering some of the losses from last week's sell-off as the low prices entice physical demand for gold bullion. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was 1.5% higher during mid-day trading Monday. The fund declined 5.9% over the past week. [No ...

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  • Special Report: Alternative ETFs

    04-09-2013 07:24 AM by Tom Lydon

    Alternative exchange traded fund strategies are garnering a greater following as investors look for options other than traditional beta-indexing products to diversify their portfolios. Alternative assets can be loosely defined as investments other than the traditional stocks, ...

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  • Price Comparison Shopping with ETFs

    03-14-2013 08:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are aware of investing costs more than ever due to the recent exchange traded fund provider price wars. The lower the investment costs, the more capital that is preserved, which has brought expense ratios into focus. The expense ratio is a yearly fee charged to a fun...

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  • Gold ETFs See Record Cutback in Bullion Holdings

    03-13-2013 11:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have seen record outflows in assets under management with the funds themselves experiencing heavy reductions in physical bullion holdings. Since the start of the year, gold ETFs have sold off 140 tones of gold, with February experiencing the largest ...

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  • Gold ETFs Down 7% in Three Months as Banks Turn Bearish

    03-11-2013 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    More investment banks are turning bearish on the outlook for gold in 2013 following a nearly 10% decline the past three months. "For the first time since 2008, in our view, the investment environment for gold is deteriorating as economic recovery, rising interest rates, and st...

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  • Look Beyond the Largest ETFs For Hidden Opportunities

    02-21-2013 08:26 AM by Tom Lydon

    When browsing for an exchange traded fund, investors typically make a bee-line toward the largest ETF in a given market segment. However, with over 1,400 funds available, people should also look at alternative products that cover similar strategies. If you take the time to loo...

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  • Reasons Why Gold ETFs Could Bounce Back

    02-17-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have been weakening since October, with gold futures now testing the $1,600 level, but that has not swayed some staunch gold bulls. Gold prices, along with gold miner stocks, have been weakening lately as investors favor stocks that will benefit from...

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  • Gold ETFs Drop 2% as Prices Test $1,600 an Ounce

    02-15-2013 02:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold ETFs were down nearly 2% on Friday as April futures contracts briefly dipped below $1,600 an ounce. The precious metal ETFs were on track for weekly declines of about 4%. Gold was weak following reports that George Soros cut back his position in the largest bullion-backed...

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  • Five Reasons Why Gold ETFs and Miners Could Shine in 2013

    01-21-2013 06:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have remained relatively flat so far this year, but S&P Capital IQ analysts expect the precious metal to strengthen this year as loose monetary policies debase global currencies and low gold supply support prices. "S&P Capital IQ Equity Resea...

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  • Gold Coin Sales Keep Falling as Investors Buy Bullion ETFs

    01-16-2013 01:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Humans have been hoarding shiny flecks of gold for ages, but investors are beginning to shift from physically stashing away gold under their mattress to gold-related exchange traded funds. U.S. Mint's gold-coin sales have fallen to 753,000 an ounce, or 25% lower from 2011, rep...

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  • Gold ETFs: Bullion Prices Up for 12th Straight Year

    12-31-2012 03:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    While not quite as impressive as their 2011 run, gold exchange traded funds have experienced another golden year, with prices on bullion heading for the 12th consecutive annual gain. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has increased about 6% this year as gold futures end the year...

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  • Physical Gold ETFs: Which One is Right for You?

    12-27-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Physical gold ETFs backed by bullion have become popular tools for investors seeking an inflation hedge and insurance against major global events. However, gold ETFs vary in their fees and where the bullion is stored, for example. From a technical perspective, gold ETFs are tr...

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  • How to Use Gold ETFs

    12-11-2012 09:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    While inflation has not run out of control, the Federal Reserve's aggressive quantitative easing plans are pushing wary investors to gold assets and exchange traded funds as a hedge against inflationary pressures. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke points out that investors...

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  • Gold ETFs Gain Inflows Despite Price Weakness

    12-05-2012 07:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have gained more than 9% this year and exchange traded fund investors remain bullish on the precious metal despite the recent price slumps. Gold ETFs remain one of the most popular and convenient ways to gain exposure to this commodity. The precious metal's price h...

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  • China Eyes Gold ETFs

    11-28-2012 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold ETF holdings of bullion are at all-time highs and the exchange-traded products have played a role in the precious metal's historic rally the past few years. Now, China is considering launching its own gold ETFs that could create more demand for the metal. Several fund com...

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  • Gold ETFs and Inflation

    11-19-2012 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    As global central banks speed up their money printing presses in an attempt to promote recovery, the prospects of further currency debasement will help gold exchange traded funds strengthen, with some anticipating a run up to $2,000 gold prices. "We'll take out $2,000, we'll g...

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  • Gold ETF Sees Inflow Despite Lower Demand for Precious Metal

    11-16-2012 03:38 PM by Tom Lydon

    Overall demand for gold slowed in the third quarter although the largest ETF tracking the precious metal continues to see cash move in the door. The World Gold Council said that about 1,085 metric tons of gold was sold globally in the three months through September, down 139 m...

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  • Safe-Haven ETFs Ahead of the Fiscal Cliff

    11-14-2012 01:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. fiscal cliff is worrying investors as they try to best navigate the markets and exchange traded funds before hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases and spending cuts. If Capitol Hill does not come to a consensus on the fiscal cliff, over $600 billion in tax ...

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  • Gold ETF Metal Holdings Rise on Investment Demand

    11-13-2012 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite gold bullion prices dipping over October, investment interest for gold exchange traded funds has never been better, with fund providers bulking up on physical gold holdings. According to BNP Paribas, gold ETFs added 43.8 metric tons of physical gold over the month, wit...

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  • Gold ETFs and Diwali

    11-13-2012 08:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have been trading higher on safe haven demand and inflationary fears, and now we are heading into the main season for gold in India, one of the largest consumers of the precious metal. India's two national stock exchanges held a special trading sessi...

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  • Obama Victory Seen Bullish for Gold ETFs

    11-07-2012 08:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold ETFs continued to rise Wednesday morning in the wake of President Barack Obama's election victory as traders positioned for more quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve. The precious metal's price spiked back above $1,700 an ounce on Tuesday. "If Obama is reelected, ...

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  • Eight ETFs for Gold Exposure

    10-26-2012 06:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold enthusiasts have found their way to the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest gold exchange traded fund and second largest U.S.-listed ETF, as the unprecedented string of Fed and central bank policies have stoked fears of inflation and currency depreciation. However, ...

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  • Central Banks Will Devalue Currencies, Gold ETF Bulls Say

    10-05-2012 03:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to gold, many investors are making a bullish case for the precious metal based on the recent actions from the Federal Reserve and other central banks. The theory is that ongoing monetary stimulus will devalue currencies and make the precious metal more attractive. ...

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  • Gold ETFs Eye 2011 High on Central Bank Stimulus

    10-03-2012 09:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    Recent easing measures from the Federal Reserve and other central banks have pushed investors into gold ETFs as a hedge against depreciating currencies. While October has historically been a weaker month for gold traders, some expect gold prices to shoot to new highs eventually. ...

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  • The Bullish Outlook for Palladium ETF

    10-03-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Palladium prices have been moving upward with the ascent of other precious metals on central bank monetary stimulus. The ETFS Palladium ETF (NYSEArca: PALL) is a physically-backed exchange traded fund that has suffered outflows behind the scenes. Investors have been piling int...

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  • Central Bank Stimulus Boosts Gold ETF Outlook

    09-25-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold focused investments and exchange traded funds have rallied on more easing measures from central banks. The Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan have all announced additional stimulus in the past month with moves that could weaken their currencies. Poli...

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  • Gold ETF Holdings Rise to Record on QE3

    09-15-2012 06:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the gold rally in full swing, bullion-backed exchange traded funds now hold a record store of physical metal as investors try to hedge against the depreciating U.S. dollar in light of the Fed's decision to add another round of quantitative easing. On Monday, gold ETFs hel...

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  • ETFs and the Presidential Election

    09-12-2012 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Presidential campaigns are in full swing and November is just around the corner. Investors and politicos are carefully monitoring the equities market to try to glean any hints. With stocks and exchange traded funds rallying, the incumbent may hold out, S&P analysts say. Si...

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  • Gold ETF Rally May Keep Running

    08-29-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track the price movement of gold toppled after prices almost hit $2,000 an ounce, but they have since recovered from their May lows this year. While the pessimists have been quick to call a bubble in the gold market, the gold rally may still have legs. ...

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  • Beyond GLD: Gold ETFs to Play the Breakout

    08-23-2012 01:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to gold, most ETF investors start by looking at SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the biggest fund backed by bullion. However, traders would be doing themselves a disservice if they didn't at least consider potential alternatives. First off, the SPDR Gold Shares ...

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  • Gold ETF Demand Holds Steady

    08-20-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Demand for gold ETFs was steady in the second quarter as prices for the precious metal were also little changed, according to a report from the World Gold Council. Gold exchange traded funds were stuck in sideways trading through the second quarter with gold prices locked arou...

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  • Gold ETFs Pare Weekly Loss After Jobs Report

    08-03-2012 03:29 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a four day losing streak, gold prices and the exchange traded funds that track them stabilized above their short-term supporting levels Friday. With little action to back speculation of further monetary easing, gold traders have refrained from taking on additional inflation...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Rise On Monetary Easing Speculation

    07-27-2012 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Recent media reports focusing on the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank stated that plans for more monetary easing are on the table. Gold focused exchange traded funds have held steady as prices remain above $1,600 per ounce, but silver has inched down as economic growth r...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Gold

    07-23-2012 11:11 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    In the past several weeks, we have seen assets flee the immensely popular SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), and last week the fund topped all ETFs in terms of net assets leaving via redemption activity. More than $650 million vacated the fund last week alone, and the trend has le...

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  • Gold and Miner ETFs Losing Their Luster

    07-23-2012 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold spot prices and the exchange traded funds that track their movements are beginning to dull as traders shift to a deflationary outlook. SPDR Gold Shares ETF (NSYEArca: GLD) has been lackluster in recent weeks. Gold weakened following Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke's ...

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  • Surveying the Gold ETFs

    07-08-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Traders interested in investing or hedging with gold tend to fall back on the most widely known State Street Global Advisors gold exchange traded fund, the second largest U.S.-listed ETF. However, its competitors are quietly chipping away at the behemoth's market share. Physic...

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  • Some ETF Picks and Pans

    06-27-2012 01:09 PM by John Spence

    This week I appeared on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show to discuss the ETF industry and some thoughts on individual funds. Click here to listen to the podcast. ETFs that I discussed with my former MarketWatch colleague included iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund ETF ...

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  • Gold ETFs and the Eurozone Debt Crisis

    06-27-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are already hedging for the worst ahead of the European summit held this Thursday and Friday. Interestingly, gold exchange traded funds are getting back some of their luster as physical gold attracts another round of safe-haven plays. On Monday, gold ETFs like the SP...

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  • Central Bank Stimulus Would Rally Gold ETFs

    06-05-2012 01:10 PM by John Spence

    The big rally in gold ETFs on Friday after the bleak U.S. jobs report is a reminder that the precious metal could get back on track if central banks step in with more stimulus. Gold prices climbed back above $1,600 an ounce as the jobs disappointment raised expectations of add...

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  • Gold Demand In India Supported by ETFs

    05-21-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    According to the Word Gold Council, demand in India for gold through exchange traded funds is likely to double this year. The Indian gold market is expected to exhibit the greatest growth in the near future. "The investment demand for gold under exchange traded funds continues...

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  • Junior Gold Miner ETF Hits All-Time Low as Investors Favor Bullion

    05-15-2012 03:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund that invests in small-cap gold miners fell more than 7% on Tuesday to a new all-time low as more investors use bullion-backed ETFs for exposure to the precious metal rather than miner shares. Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDXJ) was down 3...

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  • Gold ETFs See Nearly 4% Weekly Loss, Break Long-Term Trend Line

    05-11-2012 10:36 AM by John Spence

    Gold ETFs are threatening to slip into negative territory for 2012 as the precious metal's price falls below a key long-term trend line. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 0.8% Friday afternoon with gold futures trading below $1,600 an ounce. The ETF is down nearly 4% o...

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  • Gold ETFs Poised for Breakout After Long Consolidation

    05-07-2012 03:00 PM by John Spence

    Gold ETFs have been trading in a narrowing range for many months but some technical analysts think the consolidation period is drawing to a close and that the next major move will be higher. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest bullion-backed ETF, has gained about 5% ...

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  • Physical Demand Helps Bolster Gold ETFs

    04-18-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold bullion and related exchange traded funds have been moving on safe-haven investment interest, but the next round of price appreciation could come from demand for the physical commodity. Bullion-backed ETFs such as SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSE...

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  • Gold ETFs Recover on Fed Dovish Comments

    04-16-2012 01:46 PM by John Spence

    Gold ETFs regained some lost ground last week as traders continue to debate whether the Federal Reserve will announce additional stimulus at some point this year. "Gold remains beholden to the communications of central banks, trading choppily in recent weeks as the market weig...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Gold

    04-04-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the record run in gold prices, followed by the subsequent sell-off, exchange traded funds that follow gold prices could be past their prime as one commodities market researcher argues gold has already peaked. According to the CPM Group, gold prices will remain high but w...

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  • The Bullish Case for Gold ETFs

    03-29-2012 08:04 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices and ETFs have traded in a relatively dull range around $1,700 an ounce since the summer sell-off, but that hasn't shaken the faith of investors with a long-term bullish view on the precious metal. Some investors and advisors allocate a small portion to gold as a he...

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  • ShareBuilder Expands Its All-ETF 401(k) Plan

    03-29-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retirement planner ShareBuilder 401k will add five more exchange traded funds to its All-ETF 401(k) platform, expanding the available investment options and diversifying its ETF-based retirement plan. According to a press release, the 401(k) provider has added the following fu...

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  • Gold ETFs Rise to Test 50-Day Exponential Average

    03-26-2012 11:16 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds rose more than 1% on Monday to test the 50-day exponential moving average after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economy needs to grow faster to reduce the unemployment rate. Traders bid gold higher on speculation the central bank ...

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  • Strategist: Why Gold ETFs Still Make Sense

    03-22-2012 08:07 AM by John Spence

    Gold ETFs have traded in a range for nearly a year but the precious metal still holds appeal for investors as a hedge against inflation or a policy misstep, some market strategists say. While inflation may seem unlikely in a sluggish U.S. after the financial crisis, "several e...

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  • Gold ETFs: Bullion or Mining Stocks?

    03-20-2012 10:45 AM by John Spence

    Gold miner shares continue to lag the precious metal's price as bullion-backed exchange traded funds have made it much easier to invest in physical gold. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) fell to a fresh 52-week low on Tuesday and is in negative territory for 2012...

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  • Gold ETFs Hit by Fed Outlook, Stronger Dollar

    03-14-2012 09:16 AM by John Spence

    Gold prices were down by more than $50 an ounce, or 3%, on Wednesday morning after the Federal Reserve cooled speculation it will engage in a fresh round of quantitative easing. A stronger U.S. dollar also weighed on precious metals. Gold ETFs such as SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArc...

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  • Gold ETFs for $1,800 or $1,600 an Ounce

    03-12-2012 12:44 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds seem to be coiling for their next big move with the precious metal's price hovering around $1,700 an ounce in March. Gold ETFs such as SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca:...

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  • Gold Surrenders $1,700 as ETFs Test Moving Averages

    03-06-2012 09:40 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds opened lower Tuesday with the precious metal dropping below $1,700 an ounce on a strengthening dollar and jitters over the Greek debt swap this week. Gold ETFs such as SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Phys...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Gold

    03-05-2012 03:00 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    The largest exchange traded fund for gold, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), saw inflows last week despite taking a huge hit last Wednesday. Our market technician David Chojnacki noted that short term technical support levels were violated last Wednesday, but positive longer t...

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  • ETFs and the Gold/Silver Ratio

    03-01-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Technical analysts continue to closely watch the gold/silver price ratio to get a feel for investor sentiment on precious metal and where the trend may be heading. Silver prices recently moved above the 200-day moving average but fell hard in Wednesday's sell-off as Federal Re...

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  • Gold ETFs on a Tear as Metal Pushes Toward $1,800

    02-22-2012 02:55 PM by John Spence

    A swift rise in gold prices late Wednesday carried the precious metal close to $1,800 an ounce. Traders are taking a shine to gold ETFs to play the rally. "Gold futures shook off initial weakness to settle at a three-month high on Wednesday," MarketWatch reported. "Early losse...

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  • Gold ETFs and Inflation

    02-15-2012 04:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and exchange traded funds that track gold's price movements offer individuals the opportunity to invest in an asset that retains its purchasing power. After a string of monetary easing policies, many gold traders are expecting their investments to pay off as inflation rears ...

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  • List of Top Gold ETFs

    02-13-2012 01:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices are hovering above $1,700 an ounce and ETFs that invest in the precious metal could move higher in 2012 on Europe's lingering debt crisis and further monetary easing from central banks. Gold prices dropped 1.2% for the week ended Feb. 10, settling at around $1,725 ...

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  • Sector Rotation Favors Riskier ETFs

    02-07-2012 12:15 PM by John Spence

    Buying and selling patterns in sector exchange traded funds provide more evidence that investors are taking on more risk and chasing the stock rally in 2012. For example, investors are shying away from ETFs tracking more conservative sectors such as utilities and healthcare, a...

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  • Could Gold ETFs Worsen a Price Decline?

    01-09-2012 11:17 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds have played a role in the metal's historic rally, but now some are wondering whether the ETFs could speed a decline in gold prices on the way down, according to a report Monday. "Analysts generally say it's difficult to quantify the effect of funds t...

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  • Gold ETFs Try to Regain 200-Day Average

    01-05-2012 01:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds were set to rise for the fourth straight session on Thursday and the precious metal ETFs are attempting to retake the 200-day exponential moving average, a key technical indicator. Indeed, ETFs indexed to gold prices are off to a strong start in 2012...

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  • Gold ETFs and Hedge Funds

    01-03-2012 08:34 AM by Tom Lydon

    After reaching a record high in September, gold prices and exchange traded funds that follow the precious metal have been stuck in a lull as hedge funds cut their stakes, despite calls that gold prices are poised for another bull run. SPDR Gold Shares ETF (NYSEArca: GLD) and i...

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  • ETF Espresso: Morning Links

    12-15-2011 07:54 AM by ETF Trends

    Exchange traded funds following U.S. stocks and precious metals were trading higher in Thursday's premarket following the previous session's drubbing. The dollar paused for breath after its recent spike due to rising worries over the Eurozone debt crisis. Markets were awaiting...

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  • Commodities Sell-Off Crushes Gold, Oil ETFs

    12-14-2011 11:48 AM by John Spence

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped over 100 points on Wednesday but the sharpest decliners in exchange traded funds tracked gold and commodities, while the U.S. dollar continued to strengthen. Gold futures lost about $90 an ounce as the precious metal dropped below $1,60...

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  • Gold ETFs Face Crucial Test at 200-Day Average

    12-14-2011 08:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds continued their slide Wednesday and look to be testing the 200-day moving average, a key technical indicator the precious metal ETFs haven't breached since early 2009. Gold prices fell Tuesday after the Federal Reserve didn't hint it would initiate m...

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  • Miner ETFs Fall Harder Than Gold in Metals Sell-Off

    12-08-2011 02:06 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in gold miner stocks fell more than bullion-backed ETFs during Thursday's sell-off in precious metals in what has become a familiar pattern this year. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) fell 2.5% at last check Thursday while iShares Go...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Gold vs. Miners

    12-07-2011 10:04 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Yesterday we pointed out exchange traded funds in the metals and mining sector, and last week we highlighted ETFs that are based on the price of gold bullion. This presents a timely opportunity to discuss the correlation between the miners and spot gold itself, and how to potenti...

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  • Gold ETFs Up 20% This Year Despite Big Swings

    12-06-2011 03:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have seen volatility pick up in the back half of 2011 due to speculation over more central bank easing, Eurozone debt worries and margin hikes on futures contracts. Yet the precious metal is above $1,700 an ounce and gold ETFs are up 20% this year to...

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  • U.S. News Names 'Best Fit' ETF Rankings

    12-04-2011 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund industry has over 1,300 products with over $1 trillion in assets. It is no wonder that the average long-term investor may have a hard time picking out which ETFs would suit his or her investment portfolio, but more services are popping up to make the task...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Silver

    12-01-2011 09:17 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    With yesterday's mention of gold related exchange traded funds and with the metal continuing its recent rakkt (up an additional 1.95% yesterday), we find good reason to highlight another precious metal, silver. To a large extent the metals tend to "trend" together over time pe...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Gold

    11-30-2011 11:35 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Despite the sell-off from peak levels reached in August and September of this year and news that well known hedge fund managers including John Paulson have been paring back their exposure to the metal, exchange traded funds that track the price of gold bullion remain the best per...

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  • ETFs for a Slow-Growth Economy

    11-21-2011 04:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. economic growth remains painfully slow as companies and individuals continue to deleverage in a so-called balance sheet recession after the 2008 credit crunch. Exchange traded fund investors should look for alternative investment options to help make the economic effects ...

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  • Paulson Scales Back Gold ETF Position

    11-15-2011 09:17 AM by John Spence

    Hedge fund manager John Paulson reduced his holdings in the world's largest gold exchange traded funds by 36% in the third quarter, according to regulatory filings. Paulson & Co. cut its holdings in the $72.4 billion SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) to 20.3 million shares ...

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  • Gold ETFs Climb to Six-Week High

    11-07-2011 02:20 PM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds rallied about 2% on Monday as the metal's price closed in on $1,800 an ounce. "SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is rising today as investors seek safety and security. The fund is outperforming and pushing to its best level for six weeks," noted Tarqu...

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  • Gold ETFs Retrace Losses After Bulls Hold $1,600 an Ounce

    10-28-2011 01:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have already recovered a big chunk of the loss they absorbed in September after prices held the line at $1,600 an ounce. ETFs that follow gold prices are up about 7% over the past month. The big question is if another record-breaking run at $1,900 an...

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  • A Quintet of Top Gold ETFs

    10-21-2011 07:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold has pulled back this week but bulls are encouraged that prices have held at $1,600 an ounce, potentially clearing the way for a rally. After peaking to a record high above $1,900 an ounce, gold prices have cooled off. Yet investors who like gold may want to consider some ...

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  • Gold ETFs on Track for Fourth Down Day

    10-20-2011 07:48 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds fell Thursday amid concerns European leaders may not be able to find a workable solution to the debt crisis at a summit this weekend. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down more than 1% before the bell. The ETF is on a three-day losing streak. ...

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  • Gold ETF Bulls Undaunted After September Drop

    10-07-2011 03:32 PM by John Spence

    The decline in precious metals prices last month hasn't scared away investors with a long-term bullish view on gold exchange traded funds. Gold ETFs are down more than 10% over the past month. However, managers of the best-performing commodity funds think gold prices will r...

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  • What Next for Gold ETFs After Pullback?

    10-07-2011 10:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have corrected the past two months along with the precious metal, which fell to about $1,600 an ounce following a record-breaking run above $1,900. The metal ETFs have stabilized the past couple weeks after the sharp decline that coincided with a ral...

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  • Gold ETFs Down Slightly to End Tough Month

    09-30-2011 09:40 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that follow gold prices were down slightly Friday as the dollar rose and precious metals ETFs prepared to close the books on a difficult September. ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and SPDR Gold Shares (...

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  • Silver Leads Pullback in Precious Metal ETFs

    09-26-2011 07:45 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds were set for additional losses Monday as investors sold precious metals to cover losses elsewhere in their portfolios amid the volatility in global stocks. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 0.5% in premarket trading while iShares S...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Drop; Gold Falls Below $1,700, Silver Loses 10%

    09-23-2011 01:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors continue to dump gold and silver exchange traded funds, with gold prices falling below $1,700 an ounce and silver prices plunging more than 10%. iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) was down 6.31% at last check - the fund fell below its 50-day EMA, and the ETFS Physica...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Not Immune To The Broad Sell-Off

    09-22-2011 02:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the equities markets are taking a nosedive on Thursday, the commodities asset class, including gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs), have been dragged down along with the markets, mirroring the broad market sell-off of 2008. iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) was...

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  • ETF Flows Hold Up as Investors Flee Stock Mutual Funds

    09-22-2011 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In August, open-end mutual funds experienced their largest outflows in almost three years while exchange traded funds held on and even attracted slight inflows. According to Morningstar research, $32.5 billion was funneled out of mutual funds during August, the largest monthly...

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  • Gold ETFs Rise as Focus Turns to Rates, U.S. Economy

    09-08-2011 10:24 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds rose 2% in early dealings Thursday after the European Central Bank stood pat on interest rates and ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet said inflation risks in the region are balanced but economic risks are to the downside amid the credit crisis. Triche...

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  • Gold ETF Technical Analysis: Double Top?

    09-07-2011 04:39 PM by David Chojnacki - Street One Financial

    Gold exchange traded funds saw losses of about 3% in Wednesday's precious metals pullback amid speculation among technical analysts that gold may be forming a "double top." When we last analyzed iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) in mid-July, short term indicators were pointin...

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  • August ETF Performance Report

    09-01-2011 02:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds dropped sharply in August before recovering somewhat as Europe's debt crisis and Standard & Poor's downgrading its U.S. credit rating sapped investor sentiment. Meanwhile, ETFs that track market volatility spiked at the expense of equities, whil...

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  • Gold ETFs Vault 3% on Fed Easing Speculation

    08-30-2011 05:19 PM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds rallied 3% on Tuesday amid speculation the Federal Reserve may unveil additional economic stimulus at its September meeting. The minutes from the August meeting released Tuesday showed that some Fed officials were in favor stepping in to provide more...

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  • Gold ETFs Down Again After Second Margin Hike

    08-25-2011 07:45 AM by John Spence

    Gold prices were down more than 2% Thursday morning after nearly touching $1,700 an ounce in the wake of a second increase in margin requirements to trade futures contracts from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) slipped 2.7% in premarket trading...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Inverse Gold ETFs

    08-24-2011 10:47 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Gold prices fell below $1,780 an ounce on Wednesday morning in the wake of the previous day's nearly 4% decline after the recent spike to record highs. Related exchange traded funds such as GLD (SPDR Gold), IAU (iShares Gold), SGOL (ETFS Gold), DGL (PowerShares Gold), SLV (iSh...

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  • Gold ETFs Climb as Metal Retakes $1,800

    08-18-2011 09:26 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds opened higher Thursday as the precious metal reclaimed $1,800 an ounce while European markets fell hard on lingering debt woes. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) and iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) ...

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  • Gold ETFs Add 3% as Metal Touches $1,800 an Ounce

    08-10-2011 12:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds showed no signs of stopping their recent climb on Wednesday as ETFs tracking the metal climbed 3% and futures touched $1,800 an ounce. Gold prices were rising after the Federal Reserve on Tuesday afternoon said it would keep interest rates at rock-bo...

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  • Central Banks Help Push Gold Prices, ETFs Higher

    08-09-2011 11:41 AM by Tom Lydon

    Low interest rates and easy monetary policies from central banks after the credit meltdown are among the factors helping to drive gold prices and exchange traded funds higher. However, some central banks are adding to their gold holdings as they try to diversify their strategi...

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  • Gold ETFs Up Over 20% This Year as Fed Meets

    08-09-2011 08:11 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold futures traded as high as $1,780 an ounce on Tuesday as exchange traded funds that invest in the precious metal were set to extend their winning streak with all eyes on the Federal Reserve meeting and statement. Gold ETFs such as SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares ...

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  • Gold ETFs Continue to Run

    08-03-2011 08:31 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds are back on one of their seemingly unstoppable runs as the precious metal soared to over $1,670 an ounce on Wednesday morning. "Weak U.S. GDP data and a drop in the July manufacturing ISM highlight the fragility of the U.S. recovery, and the potentia...

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  • Gold ETF Holdings Climb to Record on Debt Uncertainty

    08-01-2011 05:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    Assets in exchange traded funds that follow gold prices are at an all-time high as more investors tap the liquid vehicles to get exposure to the precious metal. Holdings in exchange traded products backed by gold climbed a record $113 billion on July 29, according to data from...

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  • Investors Ditch Currency ETFs, Buy Gold on Debt Woes

    07-26-2011 09:25 AM by John Spence

    Currency exchange traded funds have seen rising investor interest in 2011 but inflows have cooled over the past month as investors worried about global debt jitters pile into precious metals ETFs, particularly gold. "The Greek crisis and U.S. debt limit debate seem to have suc...

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  • Gold ETFs Add Record Amount of Bullion as Prices Jump

    07-19-2011 11:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have been piling into gold exchange traded funds as they chase prices higher. Bullion held in exchange traded products on Monday rose nearly 1% to 2,120.5 metric tons, the most ever, Bloomberg reported. The $64.3 billion SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the large...

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  • Gold ETFs See Large Inflows in Second Quarter: Report

    07-15-2011 12:39 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds listed around the globe that invest in gold hold more than $1 trillion in total assets as investors continue to move into metals ETFs to hedge against inflation and seek shelter from sovereign debt uncertainty. Gold ETFs added 45.6 metric tons of bullion,...

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  • Gold ETFs Look for Breakout to New Highs

    07-13-2011 09:30 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds have been stuck in a narrow 5% range for over two months, but the Eurozone debt crisis and talk of further quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve are fueling a breakout to new record highs. Gold futures hit an all-time high on Wednesday just un...

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  • Gold ETFs Near Lifetime Highs After Fed Minutes, Ireland Downgrade

    07-12-2011 04:08 PM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds rallied about 1% on Tuesday to within range of their record highs after the minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting revealed some members would be open to "additional monetary policy accommodation" if the economy stalls. Also Tuesday afternoo...

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  • Gold ETFs Fall Below 50-Day Average

    06-27-2011 08:41 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds took a hit last week with some traders blaming the declines on waning inflation expectations. A pullback in commodities such as oil may also have forced investors to sell gold to meet margin calls, others said. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShar...

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  • Hedge Fund Managers Soros, Paulson Mixed on Gold ETFs

    05-19-2011 10:21 AM by Tom Lydon

    George Soros has reportedly sold nearly $800 million worth of shares in gold exchange traded funds, while fellow hedge fund manager John Paulson kept his big stake in gold ETFs unchanged in the first quarter, according to regulatory filings. Soros reduced his holdings in SPDR ...

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  • Tom Lydon Talks Gold ETFs on CNBC

    04-06-2011 11:37 AM by Tom Lydon

    Today on Power Lunch, Tom discusses reasons to be bullish on gold and exchange traded funds (ETFs) to play gold. Watch the full interview here.

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  • Gold ETFs Ease Back from Record Highs

    03-28-2011 04:39 AM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund (ETF) tracking gold prices, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), was set to ease back from last week's record high at Monday's open as precious metals have received a tailwind from a weaker dollar. The $56 billion gold ETF spiked as high as $141.2...

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  • What Gold to Own With ETFs

    03-12-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices rose after the earthquake in Japan renewed interest in safe-haven investing of the metal and related-exchange traded funds (ETFs).  Matt Whitaker for The Wall Street Journal reports the most actively traded contract for April delivery, rose $9.30, to settle at $1,421....

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  • Gold ETFs Shift Amid Higher Prices

    03-09-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices went even higher today as concerns about Europe's economy and Middle East unrest sent investors to safe-havens. But the exchange traded funds (ETFs) they're using to get their gold fix may not be the same ones as before. Aside from Europe's debt issues, according t...

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  • Behind the Surge in Gold and Silver ETFs

    03-02-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Here we go again. Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) are at all-time highs, but are the fundamentals driving them as clear-cut as you might think? For gold, the answer is pretty much "yes." Sterling Smith, market analyst at Country Hedging remarked that "continu...

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  • How to Play Jim Roger's Picks With ETFs

    02-18-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Are you an exchange traded fund (ETF) investor worried about how our country's loose monetary policy could affect the economy? Then you may want to listen to the advice of investment guru Jim Rogers. Sitting down with Judge Andrew Napolitano on Investment Postcards, venture ca...

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  • Gold ETFs: After a Run, Now What?

    02-08-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    First, gold prices surged past $1,400 an ounce. Then, they dropped back to around $1,300. As Americans get less uncertain about the economy, where do gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) fit in? SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) returned almost 30% last year. So far this year, it...

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  • ETF Securities Strikes While the Iron Is Hot

    01-18-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Securities' success with its lineup of exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the United States could be called a case of perfect timing. Since launching its first ETF, ETFS Physical Silver (NYSEArca: SIVR), 18 months ago, the provider has hit $3.5 billion in assets. In a not onl...

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  • ETF Securities Unveils New Asian Gold ETF

    01-13-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Securities, the popular physically-backed metal exchange traded fund (ETF) provider, has pulled the lid off its newest offering: a physically-backed gold ETF that domiciles the yellow metal in Singapore. Will Rhind, head of U.S. operations for ETFS, says that the goal of E...

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  • Two ETF Types to Battle Inflation

    01-05-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Inflation or deflation, that is the question. If it's inflation, here are a few exchange traded funds (ETFs) that may help ease your pain. Kevin Depew for Minyanville says there are some things you should know about our current economic climate, because we're in confusing time...

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  • Weak Dollar Gives Gold ETFs a Kick

    12-28-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The blizzard that socked the East Coast certainly hasn't socked gold prices or their exchanged traded funds (ETFs). In fact, they're bucking the trend. It's been a big day for the yellow metal, which surged past $1,400 an ounce thanks to a down-trending dollar. The dollar's we...

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  • Will the Gold ETF Rally Soon Be History?

    12-22-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) were pushed to new heights this year as a global currency war and a flood of newly printed money pushed investors to the relative safety of the gold bullion. Will the good times end when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31? Bill O'Neill, a ...

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  • Why Precious Metals ETFs Are the Best Way to Go

    12-20-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals are more popular than ever these days. Not convinced? The country's first gold ATM just started dispensing bullion today. If you want to be a part of this run, forget buying your own coins or bars. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are one of the easiest ways to get yo...

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  • Gold ETFs: The 200-Day Says It All

    12-15-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in the middle of a broader sell-off in gold today. The primary culprit seems to be profit-taking, with a dash of bubble fears mixed in for good measure. It's only natural. If you currently own a gold fund like SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: G...

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  • Gold ETFs: Is There Life Left?

    12-10-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have skyrocketed almost fivefold in the last nine years, and pessimists are voicing concerns about a possible bubble forming in gold assets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) as prices stall out. However, market fundamentals are still backing gold's claim to fam...

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  • The ETFs You and Advisors Research Most

    12-10-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although there are hundreds of exchange traded funds (ETFs) to choose from, a select few rise to the top to become the most popularly researched. The ranking of the top 10 most popular ETFs is based on information given to InvestmentNews by Morningstar. In a slideshow, Investm...

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  • Why Gold ETFs Are the Safe-Haven of Choice

    12-05-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Have you ever wondered why gold and gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are the safe-havens of choice for so many investors? There's a very good reason for that. Jacob Goldstein and David Kestenbaum for NPR have the answer. In a recent episode of the Planet Money podcast, they p...

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  • China Goes for the Gold ETFs

    12-01-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) may soon see a jump now that China has received approval to put money into them. Lion Fund Management in China has gotten the go-ahead to throw up to $500 million at physically backed gold ETFs in overseas markets. The fund will be the firs...

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  • What Affects Gold ETFs?

    11-30-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices are affected by a multitude of factors, and potential investors looking for gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) should assess what they include. The main factors that are often cited include worries that China will raise key rates, no set policy on how to halt curren...

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  • The Physical Gold ETFs Go Head-to-Head

    11-18-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If you've considered an investment into any of the physically-backed gold exchange traded funds (ETFs), then you've probably wondered what makes each one unique. Millions of investors have considered these funds, and we think it's worth looking under the hood of each. Although...

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  • 4 Ways to Get Gold ETF Exposure

    11-05-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are apparently this season's must-have portfolio item. Market watchers, however, are divided about how much steam the metal has left. The idea of gold prices hitting $10,000 per ounce sounds ludicrous to some – perhaps as ludicrous as gold r...

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  • GDP Numbers Give Gold ETFs a Pop

    10-29-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a GDP report that many found lackluster, gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) got additional support from investors. Overall, the economy grew by 2% for the third quarter, which is just about what analysts were anticipating. That slow growth and the prospect of yet more slo...

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  • Are Gold ETFs In a Bubble Or On a Hot Streak?

    10-25-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold is on a hot streak as it continues to set records and rally on. The physically-backed exchange traded funds (ETFs) are glimmering, however, some are saying its time to short the metal. Benzinga on MinyanVille reports that regardless of the movements of the dollar, investo...

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  • Gold, Treasuries and Dollar ETFs: Connecting the Dots

    09-17-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices are at record highs. Treasury bond yields are the lowest in decades. The U.S. dollar is swooning. The recent direction of exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking these asset classes can tell us a lot about the economy. Although the markets don't appear to be locked i...

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  • Why Investors Want Gold and Silver ETFs

    09-15-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As gold and silver prices continue to rise, precious metals related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are becoming the go-to investment many trying to capitalize on their surging prices and safe-haven attributes. The price of gold touched on a record before settling at a price just...

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  • Gold ETFs: Economic Teflon?

    09-10-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to gold exchange traded funds (ETFs), the direction of the economy is apparently no issue. Analysts say that regardless of what happens in the markets, gold is on track to see a full decade of price gains - its most sustained rally in at least 90 years. Analysts ...

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  • WGC: Gold ETFs Are Driving Demand

    08-27-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The fact that gold demand is soaring isn't such a surprise, but the fact that gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are responsible for a large portion of that demand may be. The World Gold Council recently came out with its gold demand picture, and the numbers are pretty impressi...

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  • Gold ETFs: Protecting Yourself from a Sell-Off

    08-24-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Everyone loves gold these days. Investor fear, market uncertainty and general safe-haven seeking has sent people scurrying to gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). But like most trends, this won't last forever. For now, though, the trend is there. Gold moved higher today after it...

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  • How to Play China's Move With Gold ETFs

    08-04-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold has a new heavyweight in the market, and it could move gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). China, the world's largest producer and consumer of gold, is striking out for a greater stake in gold, even as sideways markets keep the metal trading in a tight range. The People's ...

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  • The Best and Worst ETFs of July

    08-02-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    July was a better month for the markets, especially in Europe, where a bank stress test allayed most fears about the continent's finances. However, back in the United States, deflation seems to be the fear of the moment. As a result, gold traders, who were betting on an inflation...

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  • Gold ETF Slashes Fees and Sees Results

    07-30-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are cheap, but that doesn't mean they're not getting cheaper. One gold fund provider is engaging in a good old-fashioned price war to entice gold traders to its side of the camp, and it appears to be working. On July 1, BlackRock lowered the annual...

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  • Why Gold ETFs Are Declining

    07-19-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It had to happen sooner or later, though some may feel it's a little on the "sooner" side: gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) and prices have tumbled in recent weeks, off about 5% from their highs hit on June 18. What gives? Given that gold is a safe-haven asset in times of eco...

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  • Why Gold ETFs Gained on a Good Day

    07-13-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    What the... Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) gained close to 1% in trading today, despite the fact that it was a good day. Why were investors turning to the traditionally rainy day metal in sunny skies? On days where the markets are lower you often expect to see gold ETFs and...

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  • How to Choose the Right Gold ETF for You

    07-09-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold has been on a torrid upswing over the past few years, reflecting investors' fears of inflation and recession. Accompanying that rise has been the increasing popularity of gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). When it comes to knowing which one you should own, though, it's a mat...

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  • Gold ETFs: Ready to Explode?

    07-08-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's hard to tell where the market and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are headed these days. The bears are clamoring for safe havens in U.S. Treasuries and commodities, while the bulls are clinging onto any positive economic news they can lay their hands on. The S&P 500 is up a...

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  • Why Investors Have Gold ETFs on the Brain

    07-05-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets are bearing down on investors, and many are searching for a place to hide. Can gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) offer the safe haven that investors are craving? In recent days, gold has continued its long-term advance to record high levels even as the U.S. dollar ...

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  • The Virtues of Gold ETFs

    06-25-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have gold on the brain, and it's little wonder why. GDP has been revised downward and even Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke softened his bullish view of the U.S. economy this week. But when it comes to getting gold exposure, are you better off with an exchange traded fund (ETF...

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  • Why Gold ETFs Have Investors' Attention

    06-21-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals have gone through large price gains as many investors use the commodities to hedge their portfolio risk and protect against eventual inflation. What other uses do precious metals exchange traded funds (ETFs) serve a portfolio? Precious metals, especially gold, ...

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  • Crisis in Europe: ETFs for a Greek Tragedy

    06-17-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After getting punched around in recent weeks, euro currency exchange traded funds (ETFs) have surged 2.6% in the last week alone. The question being asked now is, "Is the worst over?" The most recent news emerging from Europe is hardly music to anyone's ears: A downgrade o...

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  • The Case for Investing In Gold ETFs

    06-13-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) serve several functions in both good times and bad. These days, we're seeing it primarily working as a safe haven for investors. If you're among the worried, you have a number of options when it comes to getting exposure. Gold has been on a ho...

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  • Gold ETFs Keep Their Calm in Crisis

    05-25-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The desire for safe haven investments has once again thrust gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) into the spotlight. The result? Gold futures are rising and assets are pouring into the funds. Gold has historically tended to move in line with the euro, says Allen Sykora at The Wal...

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  • 5 Things to Consider Before You Buy That Gold ETF

    05-20-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Ongoing concerns about the direction of both the U.S. and global economies has once again thrust gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) into the spotlight. But before you take on this popular save-haven tool, there are five things you should know. Gold has a lot of appeal in a lot ...

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  • 4 Reasons Gold ETFs Are Surging Again

    05-12-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It feels like 2008 all over again. Fear about continued market volatility coupled with a wave of bullish sentiment for gold has pushed prices for the yellow metal and its largest physically-backed exchange traded fund (ETF) to record highs. Despite Europe's $1 trillion bailout...

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  • As a Haven or a Hedge, Gold and Silver ETFs Have Appeal

    05-11-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) might move up and down with the whims of the broader market, but make no mistake: these investments have wide range of appeal and applications for any investors. The most recent swings in the prices of gold and silver were a direct...

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  • How Gold ETFs Got Their Groove Back

    05-06-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the uncertainty of Europe continues to spill over into the markets, gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are reacting to all the swerves and bumps by inching higher. The yellow metal, which has been sitting at stage right lately, is finally getting another chance in the spotligh...

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  • Gold ETFs May Be a Golden Opportunity

    04-05-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    John Paulson, the famed investor who scored about $20 billion on a bet against subprime mortgages, has recently been placing a huge wager on gold. Interested investors can look to exchange traded funds (ETFs) as a cost-effective way to invest in gold, as well; especially if the d...

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  • The Top ETFs to Capture Gold's Allure

    03-29-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold has been a reliable store of value for centuries and today it's no different. Investors looking to help keep their wealth intact during troubled times should consider a 21st century option in investing in gold: exchange traded funds (ETFs). When the economy looks shaky, j...

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  • How Metals ETFs Changed Investing

    03-23-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It once was all about the Benjamins, but now it seems to be all about the metals. Access to the metals market is expanding at a phenomenal rate with the aid of exchange traded funds (ETFs). The popularity of the ETFs reveals the growing acceptance of commodities as a useful portf...

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  • Health Care Reform Gives ETFs a Shot in the Arm

    03-22-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The sweeping health care reform bill that passed last night is having a rejuvenating effect on the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Many had feared that the opposite would happen, but so far it hasn't materialized. The landmark legislation passed in the House. It wou...

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  • Gold Approaching 2010 Highs; Will ETFs Follow?

    03-04-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Uncertainty about the pace of the economic recovery both at home and abroad, as well as a currency that's in flux, has gold and gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) responding in kind. What's pushing gold up, down and all around these days? Concern about Greece. Thankfully, t...

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  • Your Guide to Investing in Metals ETFs

    03-02-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fashion Week in New York just wrapped up, but one white-hot trend probably didn't come up: metals exchange traded fund (ETF) investing. Thanks to deficits and continuing concerns about the global economy, these ETFs have become more popular than ever. An increasing federal de...

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  • The 10 ETFs Advisors Like Most

    02-21-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Advisors had to sift through thousands of exchange traded funds (ETFs) last year, and of those thousands, ten funds stood out. Let's take a look at what ETFs advisors sought more information about. According to InvestmentNews, the list of the top ten funds researched by financ...

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Pause: Permanent Vacation, or Just a Break?

    02-11-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) soared into the stratosphere last year before pausing for breath. Watchers of the metals are now wondering: are there more price spikes in the offing or does the pause signify a rally that's run out of steam? Analysts are...

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  • 4 Ways You Can Put ETFs to Use

    02-01-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a great alternative to mutual funds. They offer full transparency, intraday liquidity and flexibility, plus lower fees. There are also ways to target specific areas of the market and create a strategy with them, too. ETFs are mutual funds that...

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  • 5 Reasons Gold ETFs May Still Have Life

    01-26-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have been more than doubling over the past few years, giving related shares and exchange traded funds(ETFs) a glimmer. Can the metal break the $5,000 per ounce threshold?Are there fundamental indicators that prove gold is going to hit $5,000 per ounce anytime soon? P...

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  • Two Reasons Metals ETFs Are On a Joyride

    01-11-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. dollar is continuing on the path toward weakness today and the latest numbers from China show that its appetite for raw materials has only grown. Both factors are contributing to gains in commodity-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs). Is it sustainable? A weaker U.S...

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  • Gold Report: Gold Prices, ETFs May Continue Upward

    01-08-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have risen to such a point that it's almost inevitable that someone will ask the question: "Am I too late to the party?" According to the analysts at Thomas Weisel Partners Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TWPG), gold prices exhibited strength f...

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  • Why, Despite Pause, Investors Are Still Flocking to Gold ETFs

    12-22-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After hitting new record highs, the price of gold seems to be stuck on the "pause" button. So why then are investors still flocking to the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold the metal? Gold ETFs are touted for their ease of trading and low expenses, giving them a go-to all...

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  • Experts Weigh In: Where Gold ETFs Are Going In 2010

    12-17-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) shattered records this year. With two weeks to go, investors are now thinking about what 2010 has in store for the popular precious metal. Gold's amazing advance this year could be marked by high volatility and corrections along the w...

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  • Gold ETF Setback: Is It Just Temporary?

    12-14-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) seem to have hit a snag in the last week. Those who want to know what the metal plans to do next are sitting tight until the Federal Reserve makes an announcement on Wednesday. The surge in the U.S. dollar coupled with unexpectedly...

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  • The Gold ETF Rally: Is It Here to Stay?

    11-24-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    This year gold has experienced a surge in price as the U.S. dollar has weakened and investors have flocked to safety. But does this rally in exchange traded funds (ETFs) have legs, or is it gearing up to wind down? National Public Radio noted that gold prices hit a fresh reco...

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  • Gold ETFs: Will the Record Run Last?

    11-18-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As some are beginning to express skepticism that the rally in gold prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) couldn't possibly last, gold goes ahead and touches on another new record today. Gold futures hit new record highs in trading today, soaring above $1,150 an ounce on wea...

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  • Gold Storms Through Threshold, ETFs Rally

    11-06-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The price of gold just can't be stopped these days. Future prices of the precious metal topped $1,100 today, giving related exchange traded funds (ETFs) a push higher, as well. Investors were driven into gold's safe arms by a disappointing unemployment report that was the cou...

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  • 6 Reasons Gold ETFs Could Go Higher

    11-03-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In an economic slowdown and a time of uncertainty, gold and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) offer an attractive alternative to investors. Let's take a look at six factors that could push the metal's price even higher. What's driving gold prices today isn't necessarily what d...

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  • 3 Ways to Access Physical Gold With ETFs

    10-28-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As inflation and declines in purchasing power loom over investors, gold and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to remain appealing and draw in big assets. Gold has declined slightly from its highs down to a three-week low, reports Jan Harvey for Reuters. One metals an...

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  • The Rally In Gold ETFs: Overheated, or More to Come?

    10-21-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and the U.S. dollar are sitting on opposite ends of a seesaw and the dollar is dropping. Investors are finding that gold and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are prudent way to store wealth. More investors are buying positions in gold for the long haul as gold prices ...

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  • Gold ETFs: Up On Inflation, or Something Else?

    10-19-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The expected higher rate of inflation has been met by increased investment in gold. Yet, some are not convinced that inflation is the only factor prodding gold-related exchange traded (ETFs) to new heights. As the dollar gained last Thursday, gold gave up some of its recent ga...

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  • Platinum, Gold, Silver: How to Play Precious Metals With ETFs

    10-12-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The interest in precious metals of all types as an investment tool is growing, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track these particular metals make exposure and diversification easier for the average investor. There are many reasons to buy into a precious metals investmen...

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  • 5 Reasons Gold ETFs Are Going Up, Up, Up

    10-08-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The extended rally in gold and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) brought gold prices to new all-time highs. Prices have risen to the point that the question on the minds of many is whether conditions favor this trend continuing. High gold prices, recently touching $1,049.7...

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  • 7 Things to Know About Gold ETFs

    10-05-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold investors can't seem to get enough of gold-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). But why are gold ETFs so appealing? Investors are able to easily invest in gold through the use of ETFs and more are doing as inflationary worries rise and the dollar depreciates, writes Ben ...

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  • Gold ETFs: What Lies Ahead

    10-01-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have gained a lot of investor interest since gold has topped $1,000 an ounce. But investors should be on guard when it comes to the price of the metal in coming months. Long-term outlook on precious metals typically focuses on the low ...

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs: Where Do We Go From Here?

    09-24-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The price of gold has been staying steady above its four-figure mark, and investment in gold and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) has drawn many seeking to strike it rich. But will gold's uptrend last? Gold has held onto its $1,000/ounce price level but in real, or inf...

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  • ETFs Open Doors for Some Priced Out of Gold Market

    09-18-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Record gold prices pushed some of India's traditional gold buyers out and sent jewelry demand down, but now many of those people are turning to gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) as an alternative. In just the last 10 days, reports Swansy Afonso for The Wall Street Journal, tr...

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  • Gold ETFs: Due for a Correction?

    09-11-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track them are glowing right now, but analysts warn that a correction could be just around the corner, so be cautious when it comes to basking in the light. This week, a number of gold stocks hit new 52-week highs as gold fut...

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  • Just In Time: New Gold ETF Launches

    09-09-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The masses have spoken and they demand gold. In response, ETF Securities Ltd. has announced a new gold related exchange traded fund (ETF) that hit the market this morning to capitalize on demand from traders looking for a piece of the increasingly popular precious metal. T...

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  • Gold Tops $1,000; Your Many ETF Options

    09-08-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have once again surged past the $1,000-per-ounce mark on worries about inflation and a weakening dollar. Fortunately for investors, there's more than one way to play the metal's move with exchange traded funds (ETFs). Investors are worried about the prospect of inf...

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  • Gold Demand Dips, But Will ETFs?

    08-21-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The global recession finally appears to have taken its toll on global demand for gold. But has it dropped off enough to hit the metal's related exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Recent numbers show that gold demand is down to a six-year low, thanks to the recession. Global consump...

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  • Can You Invest In Gold ETFs Using Jim Rogers' Method?

    08-17-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and gold-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a hot topic of late, and Jim Rogers is on board as a gold investor. But can Average Joes be successful investing in gold using Rogers' method? Rogers buys gold whenever he thinks about it, says Przemyslaw Radomski for the...

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  • Why Gold ETFs Are All About Timing

    08-12-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investor sentiments change with the seasons and summer proved to be a lackluster season for gold. Nevertheless, a new season may provide gold and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) with the opportunity to shine. A recent dip in gold prices renewed fund manager interest in go...

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  • Are Gold ETFs in a Bear Market?

    08-03-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As equities remain strong and promising signs of an economic recovery begin to appear, investors regain their appetite for risk. That means that gold and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) could have lost some luster. The outflow of assets from gold ETFs is on pace to be the m...

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  • Coming Soon: Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium ETFs

    07-18-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Securities has amended their original filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in order to launch a physically-backed gold tracking exchange traded fund (ETF) with custody in Switzerland. Earlier this year, ETF Securities made filings to the SEC to launch ...

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  • Fed Stays Steady, But What About Inflation?

    06-24-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Federal Reserve announced this afternoon that it would hold interest rates steady. It also said the downward spiral in prices was easing, while inflation was less of a threat. Either way, exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be affected. Federal Reserve Governor Kevin Warsh...

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  • Not All Commodity ETFs Are Created Equal

    06-19-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The invention of commodity-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs) have been a boon to investors. But they're not all the same. Do you know the differences? One of the more common misunderstandings of investing in the commodity world is what comm...

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  • 5 Ways to Play Gold With ETFs

    06-08-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Analysts are closely watching the performance of gold, as many are anticipating the $1,000 mark, so which exchange traded fund (ETF) should investors be ready to play? From April 17 through May 26, gold bullion jumped from $ 867.90 to $953.90 an ounce - a 10% gain in less than...

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  • Inflation, Stagflation, Deflation: How to Play Them With ETFs

    05-19-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Inflation, deflation, or stagflation. None of these scenarios sound too appealing, but there is still a way to protect one's wealth through the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) in any possible outcome. Analysts and experts are still debating whether the U.S. economy wi...

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  • What ETFs Are In Your 'Safe' Portfolio?

    03-30-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The old dogma for safe investing has been severely rebuffed by the current financial crisis. So, what type of investments and exchange traded funds (ETFs) should our portfolios include? Investors have been finding the balance between stocks, bonds and cash for many years, but ...

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  • Commodity ETFs: When Will the Trend Come Back?

    02-10-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In May 2008, commodities and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs) were booming. Oil and gold seemed unstoppable; food prices were causing people to hoard rice and it wasn't unusual to see someone softly crying while they filled up their gas tank. We wrote a report back ...

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  • What's the Outlook for Gold and Its ETFs?

    01-31-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold investors have found the Midas touch with gold and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) showing a small surge. Gold Cartel. "Gold bugs" have conventionally believed that gold prices were driven by increases in money supply. But recently, gold bugs claim that the U.S. auth...

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  • Several Ways Investors Can Access Gold Through ETFs

    01-21-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold has a long and storied history as a safe haven, and now that there's an exchange traded fund (ETF) to track the movements in price, investors have taken even more interest in the commodity. Gold's Movements. In general, gold moves in the opposite direction of the U.S....

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  • Strong Dollar Could Set Stage for Gold to Shine

    11-28-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The slowing of the U.S. economy and the rise of the U.S. dollar could make gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) very attractive. On Nov. 20, the U.S. Dollar Index Futures Spot price closed at $88.23 and gold futures settled around $818.40/oz, a big shift compared to March, when t...

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  • Gold ETFs Lure Investors

    10-09-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the financial roller coaster rolls on, gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are pulling in new fans at a historical rate. Investors seek out the metal as a safe haven, because it always has value, no matter where in the world you are. You can store it, take it home, or even be...

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  • Demand for Gold ETF Could Wane As Bailout Is Approved

    10-03-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The world's largest gold exchange traded fund (ETF) has been getting a lot of attention amid the market turmoil, but the newly approved bailout plan could dampen enthusiasm for the safe haven investment. The House gave the seal of approval to the $700 billion package, and now ...

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  • Despite Bailout Optimism, Investors Flock to Gold ETFs

    10-01-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Optimism about the upcoming vote on the $700 billion bailout has been giving way to stock and exchange traded fund (ETF) fluctuations for much of the day today. The package is in the Senate, and would include tax breaks for businesses and alternative energy, along with higher ...

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  • Asset Managers, Like Investors, Turn to Safe Haven ETFs

    10-01-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Asset managers that deal heavily in exchange traded funds (ETFs) are taking defensive stances on the current market and buying hard, tangible assets like gold and commodities. Gold is, and has always has been the most traditional safe haven. As lawmakers are working out a plan...

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  • Safety Net Hunt Leads Investors to Gold ETFs

    09-22-2008 03:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors nervous about the government's plan to extend a lifeline to embattled financials flocked to safe havens today, including gold and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The price of the precious metal jumped nearly 4% on Monday, report Frank Tang and Jan Harvey fo...

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  • Safe Haven Buying Sends Gold and ETFs On a Two-Day High

    09-19-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and the metal's exchange traded funds (ETFs) jumped for a second straight day yesterday on a rush of safe-haven buying. The metal closed above $900 an ounce after a rush of save-haven buying took place on economic fears, reports Pham-Duy Nguyen for Bloomberg. This means t...

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  • While Gold and ETFs Sink, Some Analysts Call a Bottom

    09-12-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold futures dropped below a psychologically significant barrier yesterday, adding to its losing streak and taking exchange traded funds (ETFs) lower with it. The yellow metal dropped below $750 an ounce for the first time in nearly a year, reports Morning Zhou for MarketWatch...

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  • If Commodities Are Indeed At the Bottom, It Could Be ETFs' Gain

    08-27-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the recent correction, commodities are in their seventh year of gains, which has led exchange traded funds (ETFs) embarking on one of their largest growth spurts. Some now think the bottom is in sight, and it's not because of rising demand, but rather supply cuts. Corn...

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  • When It Comes to Taxes, Commodity ETFs Are a Different Breed

    08-22-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Now that commodities have come down from their recent highs, are you tempted to go in on a market dip with a focused exchange traded fund (ETF)? Commodity ETFs are popular, no doubt, especially given the bull run they've had this year, garnering nearly $20 billion in net inflo...

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  • Some Staying In Gold and ETFs, Hoping for a Turnaround

    08-15-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Hope springs eternal: despite the retreating price of gold, some investors are still hanging on tightly to their exchange traded funds (ETFs). Mark Hulbert for MarketWatch reports that gold is posting a loss for the year-to-date, and gold ETFs are now nearing 18% off their Mar...

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  • Precious Metal Holdings and ETFs Decline Amid Selloff

    08-11-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the commodities pullback continues, investors are pulling their money out of precious metals and sending related exchange traded funds (ETFs) lower. ETF Securities says the amount of metal it holds to back its physical platinum exchange traded commodity (ETC) dropped 11.5% ...

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  • Gold's Tight Supply, Soaring Demand Could Keep ETFs Looking Sharp

    07-23-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold bullion holdings in the world's largest gold exchange traded fund (ETF), SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), reported a net inflow of five tons for the second quarter, making for a total of 948 tons. The price of gold averaged $896.29 an ounce in the quarter, reports Frank Tang for R...

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  • UBS Strengthens Gold ETFs Through Forecast

    07-15-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Short-term gold prices are forecasted to to go up by UBS Bank, as the financial market trauma thickens, and the related exchange traded funds (ETFs) strengthen. Gold is one of the places that investors feel the safest, causing the investment bank to see prices for gold average $1...

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  • Investors Run for Cover Under Gold and ETFs

    07-11-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The price of gold jumped to a four-month high, sending gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher. A dash of record oil (now more than $147 a barrel), a heaping teaspoon of mortgage-company concerns and a pinch of a falling dollar stirred together combined to leave a bitter tast...

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  • Commodity ETFs' Growth Stunted After Supply Concerns Ease

    07-08-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities exchange traded funds (ETFs) took a wallop yesterday after news about the U.S.'s crop outlook was improved. They plunged by the most since March, as grain futures fell, while rain from Colorado to Pennsylvania brought fresh hopes for crops, reports Millie Munshi f...

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  • Gold ETFs Can Take On a Shine as Dollar Dulls

    07-03-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The weakness of the U.S. dollar seems to be giving gold its added glimmer, as gold prices closed $2 higher Wednesday, adding more value to related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The precious metal is often used as a hedge against inflation. The going price today was $934 an ...

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Looking Shiny Amid Middle Eastern Tension

    07-02-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As tension mounts over Iran's nuclear program, about the only thing looking shiny are precious metals, and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Gold rose to its highest level in almost 10 weeks yesterday over speculation about Iran's nuclear program, while silver has ...

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  • Rising Inflation Sends Investors Rushing to Precious Metal ETFs

    06-26-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been quiet lately, drowned out by the ruckus oil has been causing. But in trading today, futures jumped at points by as much as $33 an ounce. The price of gold is now trading at its highest level in more than a month, while silver futures...

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  • Investors Follow the Yellow Brick Road With Gold ETFs

    06-18-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) offer investors a safe haven during economic crisis. We are experiencing a rough patch: equities are losing value, employment numbers aren't good, inflation is rising and fixed-income is getting hit by inflation, as well. The latest mark...

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  • 17 Commodity ETFs to Help Hedge Your Portfolio

    05-28-2008 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    You are viewing an older ETF Trends article from 2008. You may be interested in reading our more current articles on commodity ETFs and ETNs. UPDATE: Since we ran this report, much has changed in the world of commodities. You can find an updated article here. Americans ...

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  • Investors Run to Gold ETFs, but Tonnage Demand Is Down

    05-21-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The ongoing market volatility and investor worries are continuing to fan the flames for growth in gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). But while the demand for gold ETFs is up, demand for gold in terms of tonnage is down 16%, dropping to its lowest quarterly figure in five years,...

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  • The Commodity ETF Picture Looks Different This Week

    05-05-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold futures and exchange traded funds (ETFs) began to stage a turnaround in trading today after the dollar once again fell and oil futures hit new records. Gold today rose to $870.70, reports Bob Ewing for Digital Journal. Meanwhile, the dollar stepped back from its growth spu...

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  • Gold Miner ETF Hits Low on Dollar's Strength

    05-02-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The dollar's renewed vigor is good news for most, but not for the gold miner's exchange traded fund (ETF). Yesterday, the Market Vectors Gold Miner (GDX) hit its lowest point since Sept. 18 of last year, reports Wanfeng Zhou for Thomson Financial. Year-to-date, the fund is dow...

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  • Stronger Dollar Leads to Asset Decline In Gold ETF

    04-29-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The top gold exchange traded fund (ETF) experienced its largest-ever three-day decline in its physical holdings. streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) is the world's biggest and oldest gold-focused ETF. Between April 21 and 24, a company that tracks aggregate gold ounces under manag...

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Tumble as Dollar Toughens Up

    04-24-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While the dollar strengthened yesterday and the price of oil pulled back slightly, the price of gold and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) took the hit. June gold fell to $909 an ounce, and at one point during the day slipped slightly below the $900 mark, reports Candace Cumberb...

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  • Metals ETFs Hold Steady As Economy Decides Which Way It Will Swing

    04-03-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Have metals and their exchange traded funds (ETFs) entered a holding pattern? Nell Sloane for FX Street says they very well may have. The U.S. dollar dipped slightly overnight and oil prices have also fallen - both signs hinting at a bear market for metals after a long bull run...

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  • Speculators and Bargain Hunters Go Fishing For Metals ETFs

    04-02-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The more positive outlook on the dollar led to a selloff of precious metals and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Today, the outlook is a little better. streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) and iShares COMEX Gold Trust (IAU) both finished 3.9% lower yesterday. Market Vect...

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  • Gold ETFs Are Hot Now, But Know the Risks, Too

    03-31-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As it continually hits new records, it's no secret that gold and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are the trend right now. Many stories on the subject mention the metal's allure as a "safe haven" in shaky markets, but not everyone agrees. John Handbury for ...

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  • On Tight Supply, Gold Is Forecast to Top Records, ETFs Could Follow

    03-26-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A London investment manager expects that tightness in the gold supply could send prices soaring to new records that could affect exchange traded funds (ETFs), particularly those that hold the precious metal. Gold has taken a step back in the last several trading days, but app...

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  • As Gold Price Dips, Short ETNs Let Skeptics Capitalize

    03-24-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

      Commodity prices corrected after a lengthy rally driven by the Federal Reserve interest rate cuts, sending exchange traded notes (ETNs) that short gold up 7% in two days. DB Gold Double Short ETN (DZZ) gained 7% as of last Tuesday and Wednesday, as the shift in precious ...

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  • ETFs Could Be Golden on One Analyst's Price Prediction

    03-18-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    One analyst predicts that the price of gold will skyrocket to $1,800 an ounce within the year, a forecast that could have owners of gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) drooling profusely. Analyst Don MacClean for Paradigm Capital bases his prediction on the combination of the ...

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  • Gold ETFs Lie At the End of the Rainbow

    03-17-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Aye, laddie. Lookin' for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow via an exchange traded fund (ETF) this St. Patrick's Day, are ye? Okay, we'll stop with the accent. It turns out that although gold futures briefly hit a new record this morning, at $1,033 an ounce, reports Pha...

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  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road With ETFs

    03-14-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The futures price of gold soared to a record $1,009 an ounce, but related exchange traded funds (ETFs) appeared unmoved by the news. A dollar that plunged to record lows against the euro in response to news of troubles at Bear Stearns (BSC) is the main culprit here. The new hi...

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  • Ugly Prices for Gold and the Dollar Are Pretty for ETFs

    03-13-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) were higher in intraday trading as gold futures seemed to be trying out for high jumping in the Olympics. April futures reached a record $1,001.50 an ounce, continuing its steady climb that's been going on since 2001, reports Allen Syko...

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  • Even In These Markets, You Can Still Find ETF Movers and Shakers

    03-12-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Yesterday, the markets delivered outstanding performance and some exchange traded funds (ETFs) finished up in the double digits. But one good day doesn't mean we're out of the slump yet. It's still time to take a defensive stance with your portfolio and make sure you've got tha...

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  • Gold Inventory In ETF Hits a New High - Looking for Storage Space?

    03-12-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold inventory in the streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) exchange traded fund (ETF) are at an all-time high. The new high of 655 tonnes passes the previous record, set on Jan. 15 with 653 tons, reports Tim Iacono for Seeking Alpha. Back then, backers were hunting around for storage...

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  • Gold And ETF Steadies, Platinum And Silver Slip

    03-11-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors' interest in gold-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) has remained solid, while analysts are calling the sentiment bullish with gold coming out ahead of the rest. However, the dollar showed some signs of life yesterday, sending gold in the rare for these days downw...

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  • Metals and Mining ETF Spikes With Gold Prices

    03-03-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Oil isn't the only commodity giving a helping hand to certain exchange traded funds (ETFs). Gold isn't looking to shabby these days, either. The Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) surged to its highest level since its May 2006 inception in intraday trading, reports Wanfeng Zhou fo...

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  • Deutsche Bank Launches Three Gold ETNs as Metal Hits Record Prices

    02-28-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Three more gold-focused products are hitting the marketplace - this time in the form of exchange traded notes (ETNs). Deutsche Bank's new line of ETNs are linked to the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index - Optimum Yield Gold: DB Gold Double Short (DZZ): Offers exposure to t...

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  • Gold ETFs Dip After U.S. Treasury Reports

    02-25-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After months of up-up-and-away performance, the gold sector and exchange traded funds (ETFs) moved slightly southward this morning. The cause of the turnaround was comments by the U.S. Treasury that it supported gold sales by the International Monetary Fund if they are part of ...

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  • Metal and Mining ETFs Are So Bright, You Have to Wear Shades

    02-20-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Metal and mining exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to get a rise from a slowing dollar here and continued power outages in South Africa. Yesterday, the SPDR S&P Metals and Mining (XME) jumped to a record high, thanks to a broad-based rally in the commodities sector over...

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  • Five ETF Sectors To Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

    02-14-2008 02:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    The signs are all there that we're in a recession: many exchange traded fund (ETF) sectors have taken a hit, Congress is calling hearings, the Federal Reserve is talking about more rate cuts, housing, retail and unemployment numbers are unimpressive at best. When will the gov...

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  • Precious Metals And ETFs Reaching Historic Highs

    02-11-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are making all-time records right now. Platinum hit a new record high of $1,850 an ounce Thursday. Investors were drawn to the metal after the concerns deepened concerning South Africa's mining troubles.  Fin24 ...

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  • Golden Expectations In 2008 For Related ETFs

    02-06-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) will gleam from the idea that the precious metal will likely peak at just more than $1,000 per ounce in 2008, according to a London-based consultancy firm. Gold is likely to continue to benefit from a weakening U.S. economy as invest...

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  • The ETF Gold Rush Of 2008

    01-31-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Yee-haw! There is a new gold rush occurring right now as investors are running to gold-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) and gold shares. E.S. Browning for The Wall Street Journal reports that since mid-August, New York gold futures have risen 42%. Monday's record of $927....

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  • ETF Baskets for Your Future

    01-31-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This year, as far as exchange traded funds (ETFs) are concerned, diversification is the word of the day. Last year was not an easy year to catch and keep gains and Jim Lowell for Forbes has some ETFs on his list to watch for 2008, and some of these are repeats from last year: ...

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  • Are ETFs And Gold In Danger Along With South Africa's Mines?

    01-28-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and platinum prices hit a new high on Friday, as one of South Africa's main metal mines was forced to shut down because of a lack of power, which could affect focused exchange traded funds (ETFs), such as the streetTRACKS Gold (GLD). Gold in London was pushed to a spot...

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  • Gold Goes Higher, Good For ETFs

    01-23-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold futures are reaching for the sky while other precious metals are recovering, giving focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) a winning shine. Allen Sykora for Dow Jones Newswires on FX Street reports that February gold was up $8.80 to $890.50 an ounce on the Comex division o...

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  • Price of Gold Drops Amid Selling of ETF's Shares

    01-17-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    streetTRACKS might be calling off the hunt for more storage space for all the gold after the redemptions of its exchange traded fund (ETF) this week. streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) had redemptions of 21.51 tons of gold on Wednesday, reports Simon Constable for TheStreet. The se...

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  • Gold On a Rollercoaster, Giving ETFs a Ride

    01-10-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Just when you thought it couldn't go any higher, it sure can: gold soared to new heights on Thursday and once again took related exchange traded funds (ETFs) along with it. In trading, gold hit $897.30 before settling at $893.60, according to Jackie Farwell of the Associated Pr...

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  • ETFs Make It Feel Like 1849 All Over Again

    01-07-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There's a modern-day gold rush taking place, and it's due in part to exchange traded funds (ETFs). Investors are flocking to the pretty, shiny stuff because ETFs are making it easier than ever to buy and sell it. Peter A. McKay and Diya Gullapalli of the Wall Street Journal say...

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  • Gold is Solid at 28-Year High and Its ETFs Shimmer

    01-02-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Oil isn't the only thing making headlines today: gold has also busted records, getting their exchange traded fund (ETF) hopping. In these times of increasing geopolitical tension, gold is viewed as a safe haven for investors. As they begin to feel queasy about risk, they often t...

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  • Gold and Its ETFs Could Make History

    12-27-2007 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The erratic shifts in the price of gold bullion has been keeping the streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) exchange traded fund (ETF) on its toes as we wait to see what it's going do next. Prieur du Plessis at Minyanville says that just as traders were expecting a quiet holiday perio...

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  • Gold Flashes Back to 1970's-Closes Over $800 Per Ounce

    11-03-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are on the rise, as gold closed above $800 an ounce, up 2%, for the first time since Jimmy Carter was president. Gold is up 27% this year due to the Federal Reserve interest rate cuts to lessen the strains on the financial markets, which helped...

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  • Gold (GLD) ETF Is More Popular Than Its Peers

    10-31-2007 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) have seen a dramatic interest in them as the dollar has sunk to record lows. These ETFs have also been popular among investors because they are viewed as a traditional hedge against rising consumer prices and general market turmoil. This could ...

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  • Commodities ETFs and Markets Lower as Everyone Awaits Fed's Decision

    10-30-2007 11:10 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the markets in general are lower so far today as both gold and crude-oil futures consolidated after their recent strong gains. Crude oil for December delivery traded down, amid fading concerns about production disruption in ...

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  • Gold Miners ETF Rises to New High

    10-29-2007 11:11 AM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund (ETF) Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) jumped to an all-time high today as gold approached the key $800-an-ounce level on broad dollar weakness. The ETF hit a record high of $49.76 in intraday trading, reports Wanfeng Zhou for Thomson Financial. Curre...

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  • Gold and Oil ETFs Hit Record Highs

    10-28-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold futures exchange traded funds (ETFs) closed at their highest level in nearly 28 years on Friday, as gains in the metal were fueled by record-high crude prices as well as the tumbling of the dollar to a new all-time low against the euro. Gold for December delivery rallied $1...

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  • Gold in ETFs Surpasses Bank of Japan's Holdings

    09-27-2007 01:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold held in exchange traded funds (ETFs) climbed to 823 metric tons, which exceeds the holdings of the Bank of Japan, Credit Suisse Standard Securities said. The Bank of Japan held 765 tons at the end of 2006, according to International Monetary Fund figures. Ownership of gold...

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  • Can Gold ETFs Shine Any Brighter?

    09-24-2007 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) continued to climb today despite the dollar's attempt to rise against its all-time lows against the euro. Gold for December increased 40 cents to close at $739.30 an ounce although it reached an intraday high of $741.60, reports Myra P. Saefong ...

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  • Gold ETFs Can Provide Shelter for Investors

    09-22-2007 01:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    Demand for alternative investments, such as commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs), is rising. Gold rose to a 27-year high as the dollar sank to a record low to the euro. Claudia Carpenter for Bloomberg explains that as investors seek a hedge against inflation, bullion has advan...

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  • Gold ETFs Hit New Highs as Gold Approaches $740

    09-20-2007 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are up across the board as the price of gold rose to a 27-year-high Thursday. The spot price of gold touched $738.10 an ounce, which is its highest price since January 1980 when it hit it's highest price of $850, according to Muralikumar Anantha...

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  • Some ETFs That Are Up Despite Gloomy Market Conditions

    09-09-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Even though some exchange traded funds (ETFs) have declined and the Dow Jones industrial average fell 250 points on Friday, some areas are prospering. Gold is one of them. Ashraf Laidi for TheStreet.com says that as the dollar continues to decline, gold will continue to benefit ...

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  • Gold ETFs Continue to Shine - Gold Tops $700

    09-07-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold has shown itself to be a "safe-haven asset" as gold-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) are raking in the cash. Despite recent investor hesitation toward gold ETFs, they are here to stay, especially because they don't have physical delivery. The ETFs themselves p...

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  • Gold ETFs Good for Dollar's Decline

    08-15-2007 01:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the dollar in decline, gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are looking, well, like a golden investment opportunity. Gold is generally considered a safe, solid and sturdy investment whenever the dollar's value decreases. Also, with the markets as crazy as they are lately, it b...

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  • Gold ETFs: Good as Gold

    07-24-2007 01:03 PM by Tom Lydon

    Why own coins or gold bars when you can own gold exchange traded funds(ETFs) and not have to store the precious metal? It seems gold-focused ETFs are cutting down the trade of the metal through physical means. Despite a steady increase in the price of gold, sales of U.S. bulli...

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  • Gold, Copper, Silver Close High, Lift ETFs

    07-21-2007 01:21 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and copper finished the week at their highest levels in more than two months, sending the related exchange traded funds (ETFs) upward. Worry over high energy prices mixed with the weakening U.S. dollar continued to support gold prices, while a healthy demand for copper with...

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  • Metal ETFs Looking Precious Against Dollar

    07-17-2007 07:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) holding gold had a surge in purchases thanks to gold's rally started by the weakening dollar and rising oil prices. Sharp inflows into gold-focused ETFs can be a bullish signal because it shows long-term retail investors are entering the market, Reut...

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  • Golden ETF Opportunities

    07-03-2007 10:56 AM by Tom Lydon

    One of the advantages of gold exchange traded fund (ETF) investments and other precious metal ETFs is that they are a strong hedge against inflation. Another strong push to invest in gold comes from the supply and demand of it. This case is especially true in India (which holds ...

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  • ETFs in the Gold Sector

    04-04-2007 08:04 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the price of gold approaches $700, there are exchange traded funds (ETFs) that focus on gold.  streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) and iShares Comex Gold Trust (IAU) follow the price of gold, where PowerShares DB Gold (DGL) tracks gold futures.  There is also Market Vect...

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  • Gold ETFs Still Precious?

    03-16-2007 01:02 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that buy gold have helped raise the price of the bullion.  Around the world, buying gold via ETFs accounted for 19% of the 43.5 million ounces bought by investors in 2006. The U.S. gold ETFs include streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) and iShares Com...

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  • Gold ETFs

    03-04-2007 01:08 PM by Tom Lydon

    The bullion holding exchange traded funds (ETFs) were lower on Friday, StreetTRACKS Gold (GLD) was down 3.2%, iShares Comex Gold (IAU) was down 3.3% and PowerShares DB Gold (DGL) was down3.1%.  Simon Constable of TheStreet.com reports that investors seem to have decided to ...

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  • Platinum Highs on ETF Rumor

    11-20-2006 01:38 PM by Tom Lydon

    Last week's news on a possible platinum exchange traded fund (ETF) coming to market, sent platinum up 6.7% today.  According to Business Times, precious metals experts believe the launch of a platinum ETF could be the reason for the rally.  There has been no definitive ...

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  • ETFs - What's in a Ticker?

    08-15-2006 01:23 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund providers have been using the ticker symbols they choose to market their ETFs.  John Spence of MarketWatch takes a look at some of the providers and the ticker symbols used to help brand their ETF.  Below are some of the ETFs he reviews: Rydex Rus...

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  • Gold ETFs Rising on Global Concerns

    07-15-2006 01:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold rose this week as global violence escalated from the Mumbai bombings to the Middle East, where tensions intensified between Lebanon and Israel.  On Friday, oil prices reached new highs and gold climbed over $660 an ounce.  Gold remains the currency of choice durin...

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  • New Silver ETF (SLV) is Big Buyer

    05-12-2006 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    At the end of April, the first silver exchange traded fund, iShares Silver Trust (SLV) began trading.  This ETF gives investors direct access to silver and since it's launch, SLV has become the largest single buyer of silver.  The ETF is up over 7% since it started tra...

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  • Gold ETFs Surge As Gold Breaks $700

    05-09-2006 01:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices surged Tuesday above $700 an ounce -- a level not reached since 1980 -- as funds bought into the market, driven by weakness in the dollar, political tension in the Middle East and overall upward momentum in the commodities markets. (AP story) The StreetTRACKS Gold Tr...

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  • ETF For Gold Miners

    05-08-2006 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the popularity of the gold exchange traded funds, Van Eck Associates Corp.'s Market Vectors Trust has proposed an ETF which will follow gold mining stocks.  If approved by regulators, the ETF would track the AMEX Gold Miners Index (GDM).  Mining stock tends to b...

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  • Taiwan ETF (EWT) Top Performer for April

    04-29-2006 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    iShares MSCI Taiwan (EWT) was up 13% for the month, making it one of the best exchange traded fund performers, behind the two gold ETFs, streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) and iShares COMEX Gold Trust (IAU). Technology has helped EWT.  The top holdings include Taiwan Semicondu...

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  • Silver ETF (SLV) Expected This Friday

    04-27-2006 09:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Let the trading begin.  The long awaited silver exchange traded fund is set to start trading this Friday, April 28th.  Barclay's deposited 1.5 million ounces of silver into the trust and shares of the silver ETF are expected to represent 10 ounces.  The ETF will b...

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  • Buying New ETFs-Why Wait For Performance?

    04-11-2006 01:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    Does one have to wait for a performance record on an exchange traded fund before making the purchase?  Not necessarily. Many ETFs track indexes and if that is the case, then the index already has an established track record.  iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) is an example...

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  • Gold ETFs Hot as Spot Hits $600

    04-06-2006 03:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold futures climbed above $600 an ounce today for the first time in 25 years.  Individual investors can hold gold, just as the institutional investors, through exchange traded funds.  The two gold ETFs available are streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) and iShares COMEX Gol...

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  • ETF News - Gold and Silver Hit New Highs

    03-30-2006 07:37 AM by Tom Lydon

    Are we going to see gold hit $600? Gold hit a 25-year peak while silver rose to a 22-year high as fund managers turn to commodities. Gold climbed to $580.25 an ounce, the strongest since January 1981. Silver has soared by 66 percent in the past 12 months, while gold and ...

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  • Silver ETF - Behind the Scenes

    03-24-2006 07:19 AM by Tom Lydon

    Barclays just got closer to launching the first silver exchange traded fund. In anticipation of the new ETF, silver prices have been up close to 10% in the last month; touching $10.70 yesterday. Silver prices haven't hit these heights in over twenty years. Considering the succe...

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  • ETFs Can Help With a Falling Dollar

    02-07-2006 08:24 AM by Tom Lydon

    Worried about a falling U.S. dollar?  With large budget and trade deficits, there are those who worry this scenario could lead to a currency collapse.  If you are one of the believers, new exchange-traded funds offer opportunities to protect portfolios from a falling d...

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  • Gold ETFs Attract Attention

    01-03-2006 10:24 AM by Tom Lydon

    Before you jump into gold in 2006, be sure to understand what it's all about. Business Week interviews James Turk, a renowned gold bug who believe gold could go to $850 an ounce. Whether he's right or wrong, get to know more about gold first and what makes it tick.There are tw...

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  • New ETFs For 2006 – Barclays

    12-17-2005 10:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Assets under management in Barclays Global Investors' iShares unit have grown $44 billion in 2005, said Lee Kranefuss, who runs the iShares operation for Barclays. The growth of the Barclays' ETF unit third among U.S. mutual fund companies. What's new for 2006? Kranefuss ho...

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  • Gold ETFs Shine - Spot Gold Above $530

    12-10-2005 01:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    "Gold futures closed over $530 an ounce Friday, up almost 5% for the week as strong physical demand, inflation concerns and central-bank buying lifted prices for a seventh-straight session to their highest level in almost a quarter century" (Marketwatch)iShares COMEX G...

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  • Gold ETFs Hit New Highs as Gold Closes in on $500

    11-17-2005 09:21 AM by Tom Lydon

    The success of the gold ETFs has helped the physical gold market, as the demand for gold investing has increased, so has the price. Gregg Greenberg of TheStreet.com reviews the one year anniversary for gold exchange traded funds.  StreetTracks Gold Shares ETF (GLD) hit th...

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  • Gold Hits 17 Year High

    09-18-2005 08:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    The two gold ETFs, streetTRACKS Gold (GLD) and iShares COMEX gold trust (IAU), were up 2% last week and spot gold hit a 17-year high. Frank Holmes, Chaiman and CEO of US Global Funds in San Antonio points out: Gold has now rallied for four consecutive weeks, despite the doll...

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