ETF Resumé

GLDTicker Symbol

SPDR Gold Shares ETFFund

 

121.68

  • Change -2.18 (-1.8%)
  • Volume 7.27 M

2:37 PM EDT Sep 2, 2014
U.S. Markets are open

  • Assets $33,021.2M
  • Expense Ratio 0.40%
  • Yield N/A
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
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Commodity Based ETF

SPDR Gold Shares is an investment fund incorporated in the USA. The investment objective of the Trust is for the Shares to reflect the performance of the price of gold bullion less the Trust's expenses. The Trust holds gold and is expected from time to time to issue Baskets in exchange for deposits of gold and to distribute gold in connection with redemptions of Baskets.

Performance
TODAY 1 DAY 5 DAY 10 DAY 1 MO 3 MO 6 MO 1 YR 2 YR 5 YR
-1.8% -0.1% 0.5% -1.3% -1.1% 2.4% -2.9% -8.8% -22.9% 31.9%
Last Close Volume
AVG VOL (10 D) CHANGE
5,483,506 -49.2%
Trend on Last Close
  Price EMA EMA P DATE CROSSED
50 DAY 123.86 124.82 -0.8% 08-18-2014
200 DAY 123.86 126.05 -1.7% 08-15-2014
Technical
ALPHA BETA R2 STD DEV
0.0035 0.221 0.024 0.057
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  • Gold ETF Holdings Fall as Traders Pare Long Bets

    09-02-2014 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Holdings of gold at bullion-backed exchange traded funds, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), are declining after investors pulled cash from the ETFs last month despite an uptick in global geopolitical tensions. "Global exchange traded funds backed by physical gold s...

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  • September Can be Kind to Gold ETFs

    09-02-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Coming off August in which they finished modestly lower, gold-backed exchange traded funds could use the benefit of some favorable seasonality. That is exactly what the likes of the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and ETFS Physical Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) could be in for...

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  • Gold ETFs Lose Predictive Power

    08-28-2014 11:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    During the height of gold's bull run, market observers frequently complained that exchange traded products backed by physical holdings of bullion, including the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), were criticized for being the tail wagging the dog of the gold market. Said differ...

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  • No Need to Mimic All Hedge Fund ETF Holdings

    08-25-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    It is no secret that select hedge fund managers carry with them an aura of glamor and star treatment society often reserves for athletes and entertainers. So much so that some issuers of exchange traded funds have found success with offering investors ETFs that give investors ...

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  • Glittering Gold ETFs for Portfolio Diversity

    08-21-2014 02:04 PM by Max Chen

    Over the long-term, gold has provided attractive growth, second only to stocks, and helped diversify an investment portfolio against market swings. However, exchange traded fund investors should not go overboard with their exposure to the asset class. Year-to-date, the SPDR Go...

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  • Paulson, Soros Stick by Gold ETFs

    08-15-2014 11:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Some big-name hedge fund managers continue to stick with their positions in major gold exchange traded funds and those trades have been rewarded this year as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has climbed 7.1%. John Paulson's hedge fund, Paulson & Co., for a fourth conse...

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  • Gold ETFs Won't Find Support From Faltering Demand

    08-15-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds may begin to dull as  China cuts demand for gold jewelry and India consumption is expected to hit a five-year low on import restrictions. Year-to-date, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss G...

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  • Gold Miners, ETFs Gain Hedge Fund Fans

    08-11-2014 04:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors and hedge funds have shifted away from gold bullion in favor of mining stocks and related exchange traded funds as miners begin to reveal improved business fundamentals. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest gold miners ETF, has surged 26.7%...

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  • Investors Shift Back to Commodity ETFs

    08-07-2014 03:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds are garnering more attention as investors hedge against swings in bonds and stocks, and play on long-term fundamentals. Funneling $1.2 billion into commodity exchange traded funds over July, investors have put more money into commodity investmen...

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  • Global Tensions Spark Modest Gold ETF Inflows

    08-04-2014 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    In what is becoming a familiar refrain this year, international geopolitical tensions are prompting some investors to put new money to work in gold exchange traded funds. "Investors bought ETFS Physical gold ETPs at the highest pace in 17 months as geopolitical risks continued...

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  • Lingering Geopolitical Tensions Keep Gold ETFs in Focus

    07-28-2014 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    With tensions still high in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, gold's status as a safe-haven investment has the yellow metal and the corresponding exchange traded funds in focus, but bullion faces a challenge from another safe-haven: A stronger U.S. dollar. The International ...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Tech Talk

    07-26-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Even with some Friday doldrums caused by marquee names such as Visa (NYSE: V), the Dow's largest component, and Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN), the S&P 500 managed to close little changed on the week. Amazon tumbled Friday after a downbeat second-quarter earnings report and guida...

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  • China's Short-Term Demand Could Sway Gold ETFs

    07-24-2014 02:02 PM by Tom Lydon

    China gold demand fell in the first half of 2014. Nevertheless, gold consumption could find support from a rising middle class, potentially lifting the precious metal-related exchange traded funds over the longer term. According to the China Gold Association, China's gold dema...

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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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  • Commodity ETFs in Rough Patch as World Bank Turns Bearish

    07-17-2014 02:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Issuing a bad omen for commodity-related exchange traded funds, the World Bank believes precious metals, oil and soft commodity prices are set to drop. Broad commodity ETFs have underperformed the broader market this year, with the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund ...

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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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  • Gold/Silver Ratio Holds Clues for ETFs

    07-17-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The gold/silver ratio, the measurement of how many ounces of the white metal needed to purchase one ounce of its yellow counterpart, can provide important clues regarding upcoming moves for both metals and the exchange traded funds that hold them. It looks like it is time to o...

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  • Uptick in Volatility Good for Gold

    07-15-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold endured its worst one-day performance of 2014 as futures and bullion-backed exchange traded funds were hit with some profit-taking. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) lost 2.3% on volume that was 64% above the daily average as investors scurried into U.S. stocks and oth...

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  • Seasonality Could Shine on Gold ETFs

    07-14-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Already in the midst of an impressive bounce off support that is now about six weeks old, gold exchange traded funds such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and the ETFS Physical Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) could get the benefit of some favorable seasonal trends. History...

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  • Miners ETFs Knock on the Door of Another Big Move

    07-10-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    When noting the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) are up an average of 24% over just the past month, forecasting another substantial move for these and rival ETFs appears tricky. Then again, GDX and GD...

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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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  • This Week’s Most Searched ETFs: Hearing Fireworks

    07-05-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    It was a short week for U.S. financial markets, but that did not stop some pre-Fourth of July fireworks from occurring on Wall Street as stocks raced to new all-time highs with the Dow Jones Industrial Average notching its first close above 17,000. While the trading week laste...

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  • This Week’s Big ETF Stories

    07-05-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    It was a holiday-shortened week on Wall Street, but the there and a half trading days that comprised the week were enough time for U.S. stocks to to establish another set of all-time highs. During Thursday's half session, the S&P 500 gained 0.55% while the Dow Jones Indust...

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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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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Pleasantly Surprised in June

    06-30-2014 12:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    With June nearly in the books, it is fair to say gold and silver exchange traded funds pleasantly surprised investors this month. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) looks poised to close the month with a gain of 6% while the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS ...

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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, Silver ETFs are Getting Exciting

    06-20-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Highlighted by Thursday's action, excitement is rising for precious metals exchange traded funds, including both the physically-backed and equity-based varieties. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest gold ETF by assets, jumped 3.5% on volume that was roughly three...

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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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  • Junior Gold, Silver Miner ETFs Jump Above Key Trendlines

    06-11-2014 01:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Rebounding bullion prices are pulling up gold and silver stock exchange traded funds, with junior miners breaking above their short-term trends and looking to test long-term resistance levels. The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) was up 0.5% Wednesday whi...

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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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  • Gold/S&P 500 Ratio Dips to Multi-Year Low

    06-02-2014 01:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Lingering weakness in gold futures has brought the yellow metal's ratio against the S&P 500 to the lowest levels in more than six year as bullion falls in unison with real Treasury yields. "Real treasury yields (i.e. adjusted for inflation) and the gold price are both fall...

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  • Silver ETFs Look to Regain Lost Luster

    05-29-2014 01:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) have posted double-digit losses over the past three months, but silver's recent struggles could give way to higher prices in the months ahead. "Often viewed by investors as a leverage...

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  • Gold Miners ETF Flows, Return Go Their Own Ways

    05-29-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    After a decent start to the year, and in the case of mining exchange traded funds, a spectacular start, gold ETFs have again fallen out of favor. Supposedly benign inflation, rising risk appetite and tepid demand are among the factors that have pressured gold and bullion-backe...

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  • Dollar ETFs Ready to Deliver Green

    05-28-2014 12:52 PM by Todd Shriber

    After months of being a laggard among developed market currencies, the U.S. dollar has recently been showing signs of firming. Ongoing dollar strength will likely benefit the PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) and the newer WisdomTree Bloomberg U.S. Do...

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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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  • Most Searched ETFs: Big Boys Rule

    05-24-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    This week's collection of the most searched exchange traded funds on ETF Trends is decidedly biased toward some of the largest, most well-known ETFs on the market. Few of this week's most searched ETFs can accurately be described as obscure, overlooked or small. The few that c...

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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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  • Big ETFs Popular With Hedge Funds

    05-20-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    It probably is not surprising, but with 13F filing season underway, it is obvious that the exchange traded funds most favored by hedge funds are also some of the largest ETFs by assets. The lone ETF that ranked among the five largest hedge holdings at the end of the first quar...

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  • India Could Cut Import Restrictions, Bolstering Gold ETFs

    05-19-2014 01:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    Traders are taking a shine to gold exchange traded funds Monday, speculating on easing bullion import curbs in India after Narendra Modi's win in the national elections. Rising for the first time in three sessions, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 0.1% Monday. GLD h...

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  • Investors Continue to Pour Money into Silver ETFs

    05-16-2014 03:55 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the dip in silver bullion prices, exchange traded funds that track silver prices continued to attract investment interest, revealing investors' faith in the precious metal. Since the February 24 high, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has declined 12.4%. Neverth...

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  • Paulson, Soros Still Love Gold ETFs

    05-16-2014 12:01 PM by Todd Shriber

    John Paulson and George Soros remain fans of gold and shares of gold miners , according to recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Paulson's hedge fund, Paulson & Co., for a third consecutive quarter, did not alter its stake in the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE...

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  • Gold ETFs Could Weaken If Inflation Rises

    05-15-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold bullion and related exchange traded funds have been touted as a tool to hedge against inflationary pressures. However, gold ETFs may not benefit as much if inflation spikes this time around. Analysts argue that the prospect of a slightly higher-than-expected inflation rea...

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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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  • Buoyant U.S. Data Could Hamper Gold ETFs

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

    Last Friday, the Labor Department said U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs in April, the largest monthly gain in over two years, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.3%. Improving economic data, particularly on the jobs front, has stoked inflows to an array of exchange traded f...

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  • This Week’s Most Searched ETFs: Boring is Beautiful

    05-03-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    It was a tepid end to April and start to May this week as the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out modestly weekly gains. The Nasdaq Composite was the leader of the trio with a gain of almost 1%. While the evidence is anecdotal and represents just one week of ...

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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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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Look Ready to Rally

    04-29-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite ample geopolitical risk courtesy of Russia's ongoing conflict with Ukraine, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is barely higher over the past month. Over the same period, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has lost 1.1%, but recent price action in the precious ...

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  • Ongoing Ukraine Crisis a Boon for Gold ETFs

    04-28-2014 01:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Shares of the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX), the largest and most heavily traded Russia ETF, are higher by nearly 2% Monday despite news that the White House has bolstered economic sanctions against Russia by freezing assets of 17 Russian firms. OAO Rosneft, RSX's ...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: New Contestants

    04-26-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Increased tensions in Eastern Europe sent U.S. stocks tumbling Friday with the Nasdaq the worst offender among the major U.S. indices with a loss of nearly 2%. For the week the S&P 500 closed modestly lower. With the U.S. and Western allies threatening additional sanctions...

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  • China's Impact on Gold ETFs: Silence is Golden

    04-21-2014 02:48 PM by Max Chen

    China, the world's largest consumer of gold, is a growing force in the bullion market. In an attempt to reduce its impact on gold prices, China is allowing imports through Beijing, a move aimed at masking central bank purchases of the yellow metal. By importing gold through Be...

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  • Platinum Metals ETFs Mean Business

    04-17-2014 02:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    The performance of the major, physically-backed precious metals exchange traded funds has been mostly impressive this year. Although the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has traded lower, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and rival physical gold ETFs have gained over 6%...

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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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  • Most Searched ETFs: Some Changes, but a few Surprises

    04-12-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Sometimes, the song changes and other times it remains the same. There was a little bit of both among this week's searched ETF tickers as momentum stocks and ETFs were again punished. To that end, it probably will not surprise devoted followers of this space that the iShares N...

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  • Gold ETFs Could Surprise With Big Rally

    04-11-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold's status as a safe-haven asset class was on full display Thursday. As U.S. stocks were punished, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and rival gold-backed exchange traded funds gained half a percent. Although at a snail's pace, gold ETFs are also recouping some of the bi...

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  • More Upside for Gold

    04-10-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    After being slammed last year, gold futures and exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of gold have fared much better in 2014 as highlighted by the 7% gain by the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD). Although at a snail's pace, gold ETFs are also recouping some of the ...

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  • Turning Sentiment Lifts Commodities ETFs

    04-09-2014 11:36 AM by Tom Lydon

    Volatile global financial markets and a shift in investor sentiment were contributing factors to the rise of commodities exchange traded products in the first quarter. After being severely punished last year, exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of gold rebounded ...

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  • ETFs for the end of ZIRP

    03-25-2014 01:49 PM by Tom Lydon

    Given the trajectory of the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve may hike rates sooner than anticipated, strengthening U.S. dollar exchange traded funds but weighing on short-term Treasury bonds and gold. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen revealed that they will taper the asset ...

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  • ETF Inflows Finally Perking Up

    03-18-2014 12:38 PM by Todd Shriber

    Following a lethargic start to 2014, inflows to exchange traded products are finally showing signs of life, but there are still an array of ETFs that investors have not been shy about pulling cash from. "Thus far in 2014, ETF flows have been about as predictable as Alec Baldwi...

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  • Gold Mining ETFs Thump Physical Counterparts

    03-18-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold's 2014 resurgence has, of course, been a boon for exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of the yellow metal such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD). Bullion's bounce has been an even bigger boon for mining ETFs like the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYS...

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  • Tax Considerations When Trading Popular Commodity ETFs

    03-18-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds surged over the last three months after a lackluster 2013. With commodity-related ETFs and exchange traded notes (ETNs) back in the limelight, it is important for investors to understand how these products operate and how the IRS taxes these invest...

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  • What the Gold/Copper Ratio is Saying

    03-17-2014 01:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and copper are diverging in significant fashion. Over the past three months, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest gold ETF by assets, is up more than 10% while the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSEArca: JJC) is lower by 11.2%. Gold's...

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  • Investors Turn Bullish on Gold ETFs as Crimea Standoff Extends

    03-11-2014 04:17 PM by Max Chen

    Institutional investors and speculators are extending the rally in gold exchange traded funds, with bullion experiencing its best start in six years, as the standoff on the Crimea peninsula fuels safe-haven demand. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has gained 1.7% since Rus...

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  • More Upside Looms for Gold Miners ETFs

    03-07-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With four gold and silver miners exchange traded funds found on the list of this year's 10 best ETFs, envisioning further, significant upside for the group might be difficult. The task is perhaps even more difficult when realizing that the "worst" of those four ETFs, the Marke...

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  • Country Risk Explains Disconnect Between Miners, Gold ETFs

    03-06-2014 01:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold stocks and related exchange traded funds lagged behind bullion prices for several years, but that trend is reversing in 2014. Along with price fluctuations, gold producers have to account for other costs and factors, including risks in the host country of their mining operat...

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  • Safe-Haven ETFs for Times of Turmoil

    03-03-2014 01:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    As global equities reel on escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, investors have dumped riskier securities, turning to safer assets and exchange traded funds to ride out the choppy waters. During times of global turmoil, investors seek out safe-haven assets like the J...

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  • Pros up Bullish Bets on Gold

    03-03-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) gained 5.2% in February as gold futures soared and data indicate professional traders see more upside for the yellow metal. "The net-long position climbed 25 percent to 113,911 futures and options in the week ended Feb. 25, the highest sinc...

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  • Golden Month for Gold ETFs

    02-28-2014 12:20 PM by Todd Shriber

    The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world's largest exchange traded fund backed by physical holdings of the yellow metal, has enjoyed a golden run in February. Although GLD is trading slightly lower Friday, it is poised to post a February gain of more than 5% while notch...

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  • SPDR Gold ETF on Track for First Monthly Inflow Since 2012

    02-27-2014 01:52 PM by Max Chen

    After the bout of market volatility, investors have dipped their toes back into the relative safety of the bullion market, driving assets into precious metals, with the largest gold-related exchange traded fund set for its first monthly inflow of the metal in over a year. The ...

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  • Gold ETFs Shaking Off 2013's Rout

    02-20-2014 02:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a devastating year for bullion, gold exchange traded funds are slowly regaining some lost ground as greater safe-haven demand and increased Asia consumption help bolster prices. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is up 8.7% year-to-date. After a 28% decline over 201...

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  • Pros Boost Bullish Gold Wagers

    02-18-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Following a week in which the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and rival physically backed gold exchange traded funds gained nearly 3.5%, gold futures flirted with $1,330 per troy ounce during Monday's Asian session on news professional traders and hedge funds are becoming increa...

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  • Gold ETF Holdings Surge on Safety Bets, Rising Demand

    02-14-2014 01:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold is regaining its luster after a dismal year, with the largest bullion-backed exchange traded fund seeing a surge in holdings to a seven-week high, as investors turned to the precious metal to hedge against volatile market conditions and Chinese consumption picks up. The S...

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  • Mining ETF’s Chart Gains More Fans

    02-14-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Thursday was another strong day for exchange traded funds holding shares of gold miners. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest gold miners ETF by assets, jumped 4.4% despite earnings misses from Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX) and Agnico-Eagle (NYSE: AEM), t...

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  • Seven Mining ETFs to Remember

    02-13-2014 02:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold futures are flirting with $1,300 per troy ounce Thursday. At $1,300, gold is still a long way from its 2011 highs, but the yellow metal's recovery in2011 has bolstered once downtrodden exchange traded funds such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD), last year's worst ETF in t...

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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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  • This Week’s Most Searched ETFs: Commodities Reign

    02-08-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The S&P 500 closed the week in strong form, helping U.S. equities to the first weekly rise in four despite a less-than-impressive January jobs report. For the week, the three major U.S. indices all posted gains of at least 0.5%. Despite the gains for equities, commodities ...

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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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  • Goldman Sees More Pain Ahead for Commodities

    01-30-2014 02:31 PM by Max Chen

    Large investment banks paint a dreary picture in the commodities space  as rising supply and slowing demand depress prices this year. However, there are a couple of standout commodities and related exchange traded funds. The commodities super cycle is reversing, with the Stand...

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  • AdvisorShares: Do Portfolio Diversifiers Belong in Client Portfolios?

    01-30-2014 06:00 AM by AdvisorShares

    The other day in reaction to our post on gold's role in a diversified portfolio well known blogger and CNBC contributor, Josh Brown, engaged us in a discussion via Twitter when he asked; If the world goes to hell, and I have 5% of my portfolio in $GLD, how exactly has that hel...

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  • Gold Miners ETFs Ready to Top Bullion

    01-27-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    One of 2014's most talked about trades, and rightfully so, has been the resurgence of gold miners equities and exchange traded funds. At various points last year, seven, eight or more of the 10 worst non-leveraged ETFs had some something to do with gold an silver and several o...

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  • Gold ETF Flows Reveal Speculators Have Had Enough

    01-26-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded fund outflows are slowing down as speculators and short-term traders exit their position after a dismal year for precious metals. Physically backed gold ETFs saw record outflows of $19.6 billion in the second quarter but the bleed slowed to $4.2 billion in...

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  • Rogers Prefers Silver Over Gold

    01-19-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds backed by physical silver lagged their gold rivals last year and that is saying something. During 2013, the end to gold's 12-year bull market, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) lost 28.3%, but the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was far worse with a ...

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  • A Breakout Looms for Palladium

    01-17-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Of the four largest exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of each of the four major precious metals, just one could muster a 2013 gain. Comprised of the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca:...

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  • Dueling Views on Gold Miners

    01-15-2014 08:46 AM by Todd Shriber

    Gold mining exchange traded funds, one of last year's most widely followed and worst performing segments of the ETF universe, are getting plenty of attention again this year. Fortunately for beleaguered investors, most of the news has been favorable. Helped by rising gold pric...

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  • Collection of Big ETFs Easily Trump Hedge Funds

    01-15-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Exchange traded funds are becoming a legitimate thorn in the side of hedge funds. First, there is the issue of size. "At the end of Q3 2013 Eurekahedge reported that there was $1.91 trillion invested in 8,500 hedge funds which they state was just 2% below their historic peak, ...

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  • Supply Glut, Low Demand Continue to Weigh on Commodity ETFs

    01-13-2014 03:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    Broad commodity exchange traded funds have experienced a dismal year as slowing economic growth in emerging economies and supply glut in agricultural products pushed down prices, with hedge funds reducing bullish bets by the most in seven weeks. The PowerShares DB Commodity In...

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  • Little Love for Gold Miners ETF

    01-13-2014 01:43 PM by Todd Shriber

    Gold mining exchange traded funds were among last year's most notorious and worst ETF performers. The largest member of the group, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), caught plenty of flack during its 54% 2013 plunge. Things have been better to start 2014. Head...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Could Languish; Moody's Slashes Forecasts

    01-09-2014 02:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds look tarnished after last year's rout, and Moody's Investors Service anticipates more pain for the precious metals ahead as central banks unwind accommodative measures and inflation remains subdued. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fel...

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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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  • Gold ETFs Look Good, At Least for Now

    01-07-2014 06:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    After last year's savage repudiation, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and rival gold funds are off to a better start in 2014. GLD, the largest gold ETF backed by physical holdings of bullion, traded slightly higher on Monday on above average volume. That means GLD has tra...

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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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  • 2014 May Not be Much Better for Gold

    01-02-2014 01:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices are coming off their worst annual performance in over three decades. That sent the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) to a 2013 loss of 28.3%, but silver was much worse, a fact highlighted by a 36.3% loss for the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV). At least bullion...

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  • Strained Gold Miners Could See Asset Writedowns

    12-30-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and gold miners likely cannot wait for 2013 to end. This was the year that bullion's 12-year bull market ended in resounding fashion. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has tumbled 27.7%, but gold miners have been far worse as the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArc...

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  • Commodities Search for Strong End to Bad Year

    12-27-2013 02:13 PM by Tom Lydon

    It is perhaps of little compensation to investors that have been on the wrong side of the trade this year, but select commodities exchange traded funds are trying to end the year on a positive note. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world's largest gold ETF, is up 1.6%...

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  • Gold ETFs Lose Luster As Hedge Funds Pare Bets

    12-23-2013 03:28 PM by Max Chen

    More hedge funds are cutting bets on gold as the bullion hits its worst annual loss in 32 years and related exchange traded funds became the most shunned investment strategy of the year. Hedge fund managers pulled back net-long positions by 2.8% to 32,524 futures and options i...

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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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  • This Week’s Most Searched Tickers on ETF Trends

    12-21-2013 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    In a week marked by an official tapering announcement from the Federal Reserve and Friday's surprisingly strong third-quarter U.S. GDP report, courtesy of the Commerce Department, some exchange traded funds turned heads. Some for the right reasons and others, well, not so much...

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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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  • Trying to Find a Bottom for Gold

    12-17-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Flagging a bottom in gold and gold mining exchange traded funds this year has been, well, fool's gold. Despite the fact that physically backed gold ETFs, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), are lower by 26% in 2013, picking bottoms for bullion has proven to be a difficu...

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  • Gold ETFs Endure 31% Plunge in Physical Holdings

    12-16-2013 02:03 PM by Max Chen

    Investors are dropping gold exchange traded funds like a hot potato. Consequently, global gold ETFs are experiencing their first annual decline in holdings since they began trading. Of the 14 largest physical gold ETFs, bullion holdings plunged 31% to 1,813.3 metric tons since...

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  • Yes Virginia, Gold is Cheap Compared to Stocks

    12-13-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    A frequent criticism of gold is that it is hard to value beyond the price traders and investors see on a screen. Said differently, unlike stocks, gold does not have P/E, price-to-book or debt/equity ratios. Even Warren Buffett has said gold "just sits there, and you hope someb...

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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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  • Silver ETFs' Popularity Provides Stark Contrast to Gold Fallout

    12-11-2013 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals got clobbered this year, but investors still trickled into silver exchange traded funds while gold funds saw a record exodus. Physically backed silver ETFs held 655 million ounces of the metal as of Oct. 31, up 25 million ounces since January, reports Nat Rudar...

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  • ETF Securities: Gold Revisits $1,200 as Data Raises Tapering Risks

    12-09-2013 12:37 PM by ETF Securities

    Market expectations rise on the FOMC signalling a reduction in bond buying this month. Better-than-expected economic data from the US reignited fears of early tapering by the Fed, keeping commodity price gains in check, particularly precious metals. Despite the US government shu...

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  • AdvisorShares: Gartman Gold Update

    12-07-2013 06:27 AM by AdvisorShares

    Dennis Gartman has been directly involved in the capital markets since 1974 and has been publishing his daily commentary, The Gartman Letter, since 1987.  The following is an excerpt from today's The Gartman Letter. Firstly we'll note that today is Friday and Fridays in recent m...

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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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  • November ETF Flows Ebb, But Still Solid

    12-02-2013 11:58 AM by Tom Lydon

    Global exchange traded products  saw November inflows of $15.8 billion, well below the $32.9 billion seen in October. Speculation that the Federal Reserve could taper its quantitative easing program sooner than some market participants would like to see tempered inflows last mont...

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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’s Decline Good News for Aussie Bears

    11-26-2013 01:53 PM by Todd Shriber

    Gold futures have plunged this year and with just a few weeks left in 2013, it is a foregone conclusion that the yellow metal will finish the year in the red, ending a 12-year bull market in the process. Gold's woes have not been confined to the yellow metal itself. Silver, go...

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  • Enthusiasm Lacking for Commodities ETFs Heading Into 2014

    11-26-2013 12:44 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) down 25.7% this year and the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) showing a far worse loss of 34.4%, it probably is not surprising enthusiasm for commodities is lacking heading into 2014. Money managers are concerned about slowing glob...

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  • Gold Mining ETFs: Not so Golden

    11-22-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Things are bad for gold exchange traded funds. ETFs such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) just cannot seem to get out of their own way. GLD's 3.5% loss in the past week and 5.5% tumble in the past month affirm as much. That is problematic for gold mining ETFs, including...

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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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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Not So Precious Metals

    11-21-2013 12:36 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Precious metals, currencies, and fixed income were all rather volatile yesterday on heavier trading volumes, presumably predicated on the release of the FOMC minutes. We take special note of Silver, with SLV (iShares Silver Trust, Expense Ratio 0.50%) trading at its lowest levels...

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  • A Bottom Could be in for Downtrodden Miners ETF

    11-20-2013 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With a year-to-date loss of about 50%, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) is one of the worst-performing non-leveraged sector ETFs. Not surprisingly, the several of the non-leveraged funds that have been even worse than GDX are also gold and/or silver mining ETFs....

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  • World Gold Council Sees Changing Influences on Gold Prices

    11-18-2013 08:00 AM by Max Chen

    Gold exchange traded funds lost their luster this year, but gold is a global story that weighs shifting supply and demand over short-term volatility and long-term trends. ETF Trends' Tom Lydon sat down with Juan Carlos Artigas, Head of Investment Research for the World Gold Co...

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  • More Declines Could be in Store for Silver ETF

    11-15-2013 02:18 PM by Todd Shriber

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has had a humbling year, losing 31.7%, a performance that is 840 basis points worse than the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD). Still, investors have stuck by SLV. While GLD is the worst ETF in terms of 2013 outflows having bled almost $...

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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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  • Amid Rising Competition, SPDRs Still Flourish

    11-07-2013 03:01 PM by Todd Shriber

    From the outside, it would appear State Street's (NYSE: STT) State Street Global Advisors, the second-largest U.S. ETF issuer, has its hands full. One of the firm's marquee products, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), has lost $22.2 billion in assets this year, nearly three...

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  • ETF Inflows Surge Despite Government Antics

    11-04-2013 11:51 AM by Tom Lydon

    The first U.S. government's first shutdown since the 1990s and the ensuing fear over a debt ceiling crisis did not deter investors from pouring a tidy $32.9 billion into exchange traded funds in October. As BlackRock data indicate, the shutdown and debt ceiling threat loomed l...

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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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  • Relief for Gold Bugs?

    10-31-2013 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Ten months into 2013, gold's tale of woe is at this point well-documented. Despite ongoing easing by the Federal Reserve, gold prices have slid as investors have preferred stocks and other riskier assets to bullion. At the ETF level, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), which...

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  • Hi Ho Silver: Silver ETFs Could Rally

    10-30-2013 12:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are down 26% this year, performances that are far worse than the dismal 19.9% lost by the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD). To its credit, silver has been outperforming gold this mont...

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  • Gold Miners ETF: Catching a Falling Knife

    10-29-2013 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite hitting a low earlier this month, gold miner exchange traded funds have attracted greater interest among bargain hunters trying to time the bottom in the underperforming sector. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) dipped to $23.05 on Oct. 11, the third-l...

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  • Buyout Boosts Unheralded Mining ETF

    10-28-2013 02:17 PM by Max Chen

    A gold explorers exchange traded fund struck gold Monday as B2Gold Corp. (NYSE: BTG) agreed to acquire Volta Resources Inc. (VTR.TO). The Global X Gold Explorers ETF (NYSEArca: GLDX) rose 7.7% Monday and is now testing its short-term, 50-day moving average. Meanwhile, Volta...

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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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  • Silver ETFs Could Shine for Long-Term Investors

    10-21-2013 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are both down 28% this year. Combine heavy losses for physically backed gold ETFs and the often intimate correlation shared by the yellow and white metals, and it is understandable that ...

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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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  • The Winding, Volatile Road for Gold ETFs

    10-17-2013 03:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds jumped Thursday on speculation the Fed could delay tapering due to the government shutdown. However, some anticipate gold could hit a four-year low in the mid-term. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 3.3% Thursday. GLD has declined 23.8% year-...

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  • Advisors May be Under-Allocated to These ETFs

    10-17-2013 03:01 PM by Todd Shriber

    Investors are constantly hearing about remaining diversified and not putting all of their investment eggs into a single basket. However, data suggest some fund managers are woefully under-allocated to several previously popular sectors and themes that are easily accessed via ETFs...

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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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  • Silver ETF Slams GLD Over Past Two Months

    10-07-2013 02:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver prices, along with related exchange traded funds, are outshining gold as uncertainty fuels safe-haven investments, but industrial activity could help silver keep up its momentum. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 2.9% Friday while the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEA...

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  • Gold ETFs Are Moving on Fundamentals After Panic Sell-Off

    10-04-2013 01:29 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a steep sell-off earlier this year, fund flow data suggests gold exchange traded funds are consolidating and shifting on fundamentals, with many short-term speculators sitting on the sidelines. According to ETF Securities, gold exchange traded products, which includes ET...

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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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  • Uncertainty Over Debt Ceiling Weighs on Gold ETFs

    09-30-2013 02:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Physically backed gold exchange traded funds weakened Monday ahead of uncertainty surrounding the government showdown. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 0.3% Monday. GLD has gained 11.2% over the past three months. Gold futures were 0.7% lower Monday, trading ar...

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  • Silver ETFs Post Weekly Loss as Fed Rally Erased

    09-21-2013 08:26 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds surged in a knee-jerk reaction after the Fed caught traders off guard, but lingering uncertainty over tapering and some profit taking weighed on precious metals. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) dropped 5.5% Friday while the SPDR G...

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  • Hedge Funds' Favorite ETFs

    09-16-2013 05:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds are a popular investment tool among many types of investors, including financial advisors, average retail traders and even large hedge funds. Hedge funds are required to disclose their holdings on a quarterly 13F filing, and Meena Krishnamsetty for Market...

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  • Fed Tapering and Gold ETFs

    08-19-2013 03:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have rallied on higher imports in China and India, two of the largest consumers of the precious metal, bargain hunting and uncertainty over Fed policy. However, the euphoria may be short lived. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was 0.5% lower Mond...

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  • Investors' Shifting Appetite for Gold ETFs

    08-19-2013 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds are losing their luster and the 12-year gold fever induced rally finally buckles as investors shift away from the safe-haven asset. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has declined 18.7% year-to-date. The fund is the least popular ETF on the U.S. ma...

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  • Gold Rebound Fuels Upturn in Mining Stock ETFs

    08-08-2013 05:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    Embattled gold miner ETFs continue to try to dig themselves out of a deep hole. The funds rallied Thursday as gold snapped a six-session losing streak, ending the metal's longest downswing in 11 weeks. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) gained 8.9% Thursday whi...

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  • Gold ETFs Weaken as Fed's Fisher Hints at End to QE

    08-06-2013 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds are losing ground with  gold futures dipping below $1,300 after a Federal Reserve official hinted that it is closer to tapering the bond purchasing program. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 1.5% Tuesday. GLD has declined 22.4% year-to-da...

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  • Broad Equities, Stock ETFs Experience Record Week

    08-02-2013 02:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    Broad market equities and stock exchange traded funds stumbled around in sideways trading at the start of the week but jumped as a combination of economic strength and accommodative central bank policies pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to all-time highs. The S&P 500 gained ...

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  • Accommodative Fed Measures to Support Stock Market, ETFs

    07-31-2013 02:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Given the current modest pace in the economic recovery, the Federal Reserve reaffirmed its "highly accommodative stance" Wednesday, which could help support the equities market and stock exchange traded funds. The SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) was 0.4% higher Tuesday after ...

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  • Precious Metals ETFs: Platinum Could Outshine Gold

    07-30-2013 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    After investors dumped precious metals and related exchange traded funds in April, platinum prices have been outpacing the rebound in gold, and some believe the premium will widen even further. On July 15, platinum prices were at a 11% premium to gold bullion, the most in almo...

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  • Gold’s Bounce Inches Some Miners Back to Profitability

    07-30-2013 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of gold, including the group's largest fund, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), have rebounded with a vengeance. In the past month, GLD is up nearly 8%, but even that performance pales in comparison to what various equity-based...

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  • Rising Precious Metal Prices Don't Stem Gold ETF Outflow

    07-29-2013 04:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Even as gold moves toward its largest monthly gain in 18 months, Goldman Sachs Group analyst and gold exchange traded fund traders remain pessimistic. Gold futures are trading around $1,330 per ounce or up 8.6% so far this month, heading for their biggest monthly gain since Ja...

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  • China's First Gold ETFs Barely Make a Splash

    07-24-2013 05:05 PM by Tom Lydon

    The first two China-listed physically backed gold exchange traded funds have come up against an indifferent market as enthusiasm for gold assets abated. Or Chinese investors may just prefer holding physical gold. Huaan Asset Management Co. and Guotai Asset Management Co. gold ...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Could Generate Profits from Lower Bullion Prices

    07-19-2013 01:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    Miner exchange traded funds have been one of the worst performers year-to-date, but with gold prices still hovering above production costs, gold miners could still turn around. According to Macquarie Group, gold prices are trading above miners' marginal costs, reports Nicholas...

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  • S&P 500 ETF Nears $150 Billion as Assets Reach All-Time High

    07-17-2013 02:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the exchange traded fund universe experienced slight outflows in June, the industry is back on its annual record-setting pace so far in July, with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) accruing almost $150 billion in assets under management. Attracting $10.3 billion s...

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  • Gold ETFs See Outflows Despite Higher Prices

    07-12-2013 05:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold experienced its largest weekly gain in almost two years and gold traders are now the most bullish in over a month. Nevertheless, the positive sentiment has not stemmed outflows from gold-related exchange traded funds yet. Spot gold prices are set to increase 4% for the we...

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  • Bond ETF Redemptions Drive June Outflows

    07-10-2013 02:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds saw outflows of $12 billion during June with most of the redemptions coming from bond products. "According to BlackRock data, fixed income and emerging market equity ETFs experienced outflows initially following comment from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben B...

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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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  • Gold ETFs Lose Luster After June Nonfarm Payrolls Report

    07-05-2013 02:55 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices and related exchange traded funds plunged Friday as the strong U.S. employment data pointed to an improving economy, raising speculation on a sooner-than-anticipated Fed quantitative easing withdrawal. The SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca: GLD) declined 2.7% during tradin...

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  • ETF Stats Reveal Market Sentment for Second Half of 2013

    07-05-2013 12:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    The first half of 2013 is behind us and the exchange traded fund industry has managed to maintain growth. The industry gathered about $73 billion over the past six months. A way to approach one's  investing strategy is to look at the basic trends that prevailed over the past f...

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  • Gold ETF Investors Test the Waters After Huge Q2 Sell-Off

    07-01-2013 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices, along with related exchange traded funds, are experiencing their largest gain in weeks after the worst quarterly drop in almost 40 years pushed gold below $1,200 an ounce. The SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca: GLD) was 2.2% higher during trading Monday. Over the past thr...

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  • Fed QE Plans Throw Wrench into Stock and ETF Markets

    06-21-2013 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    The equities market and stock exchange traded funds stabilized Friday to cap a tumultuous week of heavy selling while Treasury yields hit a 22-month high and gold experienced its largest weekly decline in two years after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled an eventual withdrawal fr...

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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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  • Rising Rate Fears Keep Stock ETF Action Volatile

    06-14-2013 02:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    The equities markets and stock exchange traded funds experienced a tumultuous week on fears that central banks will cut back on their stimulus measures. The week started off quietly enough, but the lack of additional stimulus plans out of the Bank of Japan sent the Nikkie spir...

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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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  • Why Silver ETFs Have Underperformed Gold

    06-11-2013 03:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold ETFs have corrected hard in 2013 after hitting multi-year highs. Nevertheless, gold has not had it as bad as silver and related exchange traded funds. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has dropped 29.0% year-to-date, whereas the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has...

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  • Traders See Gold Bargains as ETFs Shed $45 Billion

    06-07-2013 03:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold is attracting bargain hunters after a sharp pullback that has erased billions of value in bullion-backed ETFs. Gold traders are the most bullish since before the bear market began two months ago, Bloomberg News reports. Meanwhile, weekly sales of gold held in exchange ...

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  • Gold ETFs Still a Good Portfolio Diversifier Despite Price Pullback

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

    I do the "ETF of the Week" for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. On Thursday, I highlighted the SPDR Gold Shares Trust (NYSEArca: GLD). The gold ETF is down abo...

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  • Six Popular Commission-Free ETF Trading Platforms

    06-06-2013 08:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to fees, exchange traded funds provide investors a low-cost alternative to traditional fund products. Additionally, the industry has now partnered up with large brokerages to offer commission-free trades, cutting down the cost of investing in ETFs even further. A...

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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 Miner ETFs Bouncing on Heavy Trading Volume

    05-30-2013 12:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    After years of trailing gold price movements, precious metals miner ETFs could finally be forming a base as the funds begin to outpace the underlying commodity. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) has gained nearly 8% over the past five days. The miner ETF jumped 5% Thu...

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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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  • Palladium ETFs Lead Metals on Car Sales, Supply Concerns

    05-24-2013 08:18 AM by Tom Lydon

    Palladium exchange traded funds are outshining other precious metals as consumers, who have held kept their cars for the longest period in half a century, are feeling confident enough to buy new vehicles. Severe supply deficits are also helping to support prices. The ETFS Phys...

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  • Gold ETFs Lose Their Allure

    05-16-2013 04:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold fever is abating, with related exchange traded funds have taking a hit as global factors weigh on gold interest. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has declined 14.9% year-to-date as the fund has shed 300 tons of gold. [Gold ETFs Could Shed Another 250 Tons of Bullion: ...

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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 Asset Flows are a New Market Indicator

    05-07-2013 07:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds witnessed large redemptions in the recent gold market collapse, and some argue that investors can track gold ETF inflows and outflows as a new market indicator. So far this year, the largest gold ETF, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), has lost $14 bi...

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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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  • Gold Miner ETFs: When Will Sentiment Turn on Most-Hated Sector?

    04-22-2013 02:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner ETFs are the proverbial falling knife and a lot of fingers have been lopped off the past year. Miner stocks have fallen harder than gold prices during the recent swoon, but the hated sector may finally get its chance to shine. Gold miners are trading near multi-year...

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  • Largest Weekly Selloff of the Year Weighs on Stock ETFs

    04-19-2013 02:55 PM by Tom Lydon

    Disappointing economic data, coupled with the tragic Boston bombing at the beginning of the week, pushed the equities market and stock exchange traded funds off their all-time highs. Despite trimming some of the losses experienced earlier in the week, the Dow Jones Industrial ...

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  • Dull Gold Helps Inverse ETFs Shine

    04-15-2013 04:02 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold is crashing with prices dipping below $1,400 an ounce Monday. Inverse ETFs are capitalizing on gold's misfortunes. The ProShares UltraShort Gold (NYSEArca: GLL), which tries to reflect two times the inverse, or -200%, daily performance of gold bullion, surged 15.8% Monday...

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  • Gold ETFs Plunge and Part Ways with S&P 500

    04-15-2013 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca: GLD) and other gold ETFs plummeted for the second straight session on Monday as the precious metal's price dipped below $1,400 an ounce at one point. Gold prices fell as much as 6% on Monday to under $1,400 for the first time in over two years. "W...

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  • Gold Demand in India Down, ETFs Follow

    04-12-2013 02:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices in India have significantly dropped, marked by the end of the fiscal year. As a result, growth of assets under management for gold exchange traded funds in India have dropped 18%. "Relative economic tightness on account of slowdown has also led to a decline in net ...

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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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  • Cyprus Bank Crisis Puts Gold ETFs in Focus as Safe Haven

    03-22-2013 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices and exchange traded funds are moving again as the Eurozone drama performs another act. The precious metal could continue to strengthen on heightened financial concerns and safe-haven buying. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and other bullion-backed ETFs have reboun...

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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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  • BNY Mellon Gets Patents on Commodities ETFs: Report

    03-12-2013 03:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a decade long wait, BNY Mellon has received patents on its commodity exchange traded fund structures, according to a report. The firm received three patents that drive large commodity ETFs, including the popularly regarded SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), reports Jackie...

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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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  • Gold Miner ETFs: Falling Knife or Turnaround Play?

    03-07-2013 10:32 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner ETFs have been brutal to investors for years, sort of a falling knife and a value trap wrapped into one. The sector has trended lower since late 2011 despite some violent rallies along the way. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) rallied more than 4% o...

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  • ETFs See Best Two-Month Start Ever

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

    Despite slowing the asset inflows over February, especially in the last weeks on the heels of rising volatility, global equity exchange traded funds recorded their strongest two-month start ever to a new year. Globally, developed market equity exchange traded products, which i...

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  • Here are the Most-Searched ETFs

    03-03-2013 07:08 AM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to exchange traded funds, different types of investors have different goals. For instance, institutional investors have been looking at broad equities while individual investors and advisors leaned toward income and mitigating risk. According to a list of the mos...

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  • Gold ETFs Rebound as Prices Test $1,600 an Ounce

    02-26-2013 10:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold ETFs have rebounded somewhat early this week with the precious metal testing $1,600 an ounce following two weeks of declines. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is down 9% over the last three months. Gold futures have been under pressure recently on lower safe-haven dema...

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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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  • Why Gold Miner ETFs Have Lagged Gold Prices

    02-14-2013 11:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold mining stocks and exchange traded funds have consistently lagged the run-up in gold prices. Although the two seem they would be in agreement tracking the price of gold, there are a number of reasons why they tend to diverge. "Gold miners do not perfectly track the price o...

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  • Why Platinum and Palladium ETFs are Breaking Out

    02-06-2013 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Platinum and palladium exchange traded funds are outperforming gold and gaining momentum as traders see signs of an expanding global economy. The ETF Securities Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT) gained 10.6% over the past three months and is currently trying to break o...

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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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  • Has the Gold ETF Bull Market Run Its Course?

    01-18-2013 06:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Is the 14-year bull market in gold winding down? As equities rally early on in 2013, some are betting that the run-up in gold is over, evidenced by the poor performance of the metal and related exchange traded fund in the fourth quarter. "Many analysts have declared that the b...

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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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  • Targeted Commodity Exposure with ETFs

    01-09-2013 11:33 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds give investors targeted exposure to areas of the commodities market, however, there are several risks that come with niche investing. "The widest-ranging commodities offerings lump together gold, natural gas, soybeans and other basic goods under the same ...

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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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  • PIMCO Total Return ETF Manager Gross Offers 5 Investing Tips

    12-24-2012 10:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    For the exchange traded fund investors who are reluctant to just sit idly by while the government hikes up taxes and diminishes overall wealth, PIMCO's resident bond guru, Bill Gross, suggests a couple of steps to hedge the pending wealth tax. Gross manages the PIMCO Total Ret...

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  • Tom Lydon Outlines the Case for Holding Gold ETFs

    12-20-2012 11:55 AM by John Spence

    ETF Trends Editor Tom Lydon appeared on Yahoo Finance's Breakout to discuss the rationale for holding gold ETFs as the U.S. fiscal cliff looms large. "Right now, the No. 1 thing is quantitative easing," Lydon says. It's on the table probably either way whether or not a deal is...

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  • Ten Things You Need to Know About Gold ETFs

    12-20-2012 08:28 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have fallen below $1,700 an ounce but ETFs tracking the precious metal are on track for another year of gains in 2012. There are many reasons why gold ETFs could do well in 2013, assuming the world doesn't come to an end Friday when the Mayan calendar terminates. C...

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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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  • Will Gold Miner Stock ETFs Slip Over the Fiscal Cliff?

    11-27-2012 07:56 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner stock exchange traded funds have lagged the performance of physical gold funds, however, investors with some risk tolerance have kept faith that long term performance will pay off. The fiscal cliff does include tax hikes and this could further cloud the performance of ...

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  • Top of the Food Chain: A Look at the 5 Largest ETFs

    11-21-2012 08:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    The ETF business is top-heavy in terms of the biggest funds and the largest providers' market share. Together, the three biggest ETF sponsors -- BlackRock's (NYSE: BLK) iShares, State Street (NYSE: STT) and Vanguard -- control more than 80% of the industry's assets. The U.S...

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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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  • CNBC: Tom Lydon Talks Obama ETF Picks

    11-08-2012 06:54 PM by John Spence

    Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC today to discuss three ETFs poised to benefit from the Obama administration's policy as 2012 closes out. Watch the video to see the full interview.  

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  • Four Factors To Consider When Investing in Commodity ETFs

    11-07-2012 10:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Previously, investors who were interested in commodities had to set up a commodity brokerage account, invest in equity producers, or start prospecting, but now, the average retail investor can look for commodity exchange traded fund options. According to Liam Pleven for the Wa...

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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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  • Physically-Backed Copper ETFs Still Waiting in the Wings

    10-03-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Physically-backed copper exchange traded funds could help support rising prices of the metal if the products eventually launch. Between J.P. Morgan and BlackRock, the two providers could take about 200,000 tons of copper out of the market. "Over a year ago, JPMorgan Chase (NYS...

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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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  • Commodity ETFs to Fight Inflation

    09-28-2012 06:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the Federal Reserve extends its money printing spree to stimulate the economy, the extra cash sloshing around could eventually stoke inflation. However, investors can use commodity ETFs to help protect themselves against inflation and rising prices. Inflation can diminish o...

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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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  • Prospecting the Gold and Silver Miner ETFs

    09-10-2012 02:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner ETFs have been outperforming bullion prices since mid-July. Following several false starts, the question is whether miner shares are finally ready to lead precious metal prices. After a prolonged disparity between the performance of physical precious metals and mini...

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  • Why Gold's Shining: Tom Lydon on Yahoo Finance's 'ETF of the Week'

    09-06-2012 02:54 PM by John Spence

    ETFtrends.com Editor Tom Lydon appeared on Yahoo! Finance's Breakout Thursday morning to discuss key reasons behind the enormous popularity of the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) in the inaugural "ETF of the Week" segment. The largest bullion-backed gold ETF has seen inflows ...

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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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  • Diamond ETFs Would Allow Investment in Precious Gems

    08-28-2012 04:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Diamonds are widely used as decorative jewelry, but now, the exchange traded fund industry seeks to commoditize diamonds and allow more people to efficiently price the precious gems and invest in them. Considering the rising popularity of commodity ETFs, like the SPDR Gold Tru...

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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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  • Alternative ETFs May Find Home in Separate Accounts

    08-20-2012 03:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETFs have made it much easier for individuals to invest in alternative asset classes such as commodities. Further growth of alternative ETFs could be driven by use in separately managed accounts. "We're definitely seeing the growth of launches of separate-account strategies th...

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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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  • Investors Moved Back to Stock ETFs in July

    08-02-2012 03:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    In a sharp turn from the previous months, investors dove into the equities market and stock exchange traded funds over July but still maintained some interest in fixed-income assets. As of the end of July, U.S.-listed ETF and exchange traded note assets totaled $1.21 trillion,...

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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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  • Commodity ETF Market Shows Strength

    07-24-2012 05:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    June proved to be a strong month for commodity exchange traded funds, as assets that were lost in May were recovered. The U.S. regulated commodity funds and products had inflows of about $1.65 billion. "It's pretty rare for us to see dollar for dollar in recovery, given the co...

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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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  • Gold Miner ETFs Dig a Hole

    07-17-2012 07:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miner stocks and exchange traded funds have continuously lagged behind physical gold prices. However, as spot gold beings to move higher, producers may see their profit margins widen. SPDR Gold Shares ETF (NSYEArca: GLD) is up 1.4% year-to-date, whereas the Market Vectors...

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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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  • Largest Gold ETF Sees Quarterly Outflow on Stronger Dollar

    07-02-2012 08:13 AM by John Spence

    Investors pulled money from the largest gold ETF in the second quarter as the precious metal fund ended the period with a loss on a resurgent U.S. dollar. Bullion holdings in SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) were on track for a decline of 5 metric tons for the three months end...

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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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  • Gold Surrenders $1,600 as ETFs Languish Under 50-Day Trend

    06-21-2012 12:18 PM by John Spence

    Gold prices fell below $1,600 an ounce Thursday on lingering disappointment the Federal Reserve didn't announce more easing measures aside from extending Operation Twist. Gold ETFs such as SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) were down more than 2% in afternoon trading. GLD has...

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  • Gold ETFs Regain $1,600 as Markets Eye Spain, Fed

    06-12-2012 12:38 PM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds rose about 1% on Tuesday as European debt fears continued to rule the headlines and Spanish 10-year bond yields spiked to a euro-era high. The precious metal climbed back above $1,600 an ounce with traders positioning for next week's Federal Reserve ...

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  • Investors Returning to Gold ETFs on Stimulus Talk

    06-07-2012 09:56 AM by John Spence

    Buying in gold exchange traded funds is rebounding along with prices in June after investors pulled $1.5 billion from gold ETFs listed around the globe last month. Meanwhile, George Soros boosted his stake in a gold ETF in the first quarter while hedge fund manager John Paulso...

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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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  • ETF Fees: The Lower the Better

    06-05-2012 12:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund industry is in direct competition with the mutual fund business as far as fees are concerned. Another direct competitor to the ETF industry is itself, as ETF providers are contending to have the lowest fees in the business. "While many products may ...

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  • Gold ETFs Jump 4% as Metal Tops $1,600 an Ounce

    06-01-2012 10:31 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds soared Friday after a miserable jobs report that had traders speculating the Federal Reserve will be forced to unleash additional stimulus to boost the economy. Gold futures rallied back above $1,600 an ounce while the dollar weakened against the eur...

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  • Gold ETFs Down 6% in May on Dollar Surge

    05-31-2012 12:32 PM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds are on track for a loss of more than 6% this month as precious metals and equities have been hurt by a resurgent U.S. dollar. Gold is in its longest monthly slump since 2000, according to Bloomberg. "Gold is behaving like a classic commodity and d...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs in Negative Territory for 2012

    05-30-2012 11:24 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds are in the red for 2012 and have been hit by a surging U.S. dollar as investors continue to fret over Europe's seemingly endless debt crisis. Precious metal ETFs such as SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: ...

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  • Gold ETF Selling Could Speed Metal’s Decline

    05-23-2012 02:06 PM by John Spence

    Gold ETFs helped fuel the precious metal's historic rally as the exchange-listed funds allowed investors to buy gold in one trade without the hassles of transporting or storing bullion. Although gold prices have weakened to under $1,600 an ounce, investors in bullion-backed ET...

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  • Will the Gold ETF Recovery Last?

    05-22-2012 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    While we saw gold exchange traded funds attract robust safe-haven demand over last year, investors now favor the U.S. dollar over bullion as the go-to asset during this bout of Eurozone induced market volatility. SPDR Gold Shares ETF (NYSEArca: GLD) has strengthened somewhat o...

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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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  • Hedge Funds Shift Gold ETF Holdings

    05-18-2012 02:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    Hedge funds and prominent money managers have held onto their gold exchange traded fund positions, with some even raising their bullion exposure, over the first quarter, but market observers believe they are beginning to lighten their holdings. According to recent regulatory f...

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  • Gold ETFs Rally to Weekly Gain

    05-18-2012 08:25 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds capped the week with a two-day bounce as the rally in the U.S. dollar slowed and precious metals gained some momentum. After trading lower the first three days of the week, gold ETFs were on track to post a weekly gain. SPDR Gold Shares...

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  • Are Gold ETFs a Safe Haven Again?

    05-17-2012 02:09 PM by John Spence

    Many market observers have been puzzled by the recent weakness in gold ETFs despite the latest outbreak in Europe's debt crisis. Gold has been moving lower with stocks in May while the U.S. dollar and Treasury bonds have strengthened amid speculation Greece will leave the euro...

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  • Gold ETFs Testing December Low

    05-16-2012 10:01 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds reversed early losses Wednesday following a three-day down streak. The precious metal ETFs are testing the recent low from December 2011, a key technical level. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has slipped 4% over the past week and has been trending ...

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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 Slip Into Negative Territory for Year

    05-14-2012 01:40 PM by John Spence

    Gold ETFs lost more than 1% on Monday along with bullion prices to fall into the red for 2012. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) declined 1.3% in afternoon trade and touched a session low of $151 a share. It was the first time this year GLD has fallen below its 2011 closing pri...

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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 in Three-Day Tailspin as $1,600 Breached

    05-09-2012 09:59 AM by John Spence

    Gold ETFs and other precious metals were down sharply for the third straight session on Wednesday as bullion slipped below $1,600 an ounce. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 1.3% at the open and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) fell 2%. The metals ETFs have been...

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  • Gold, Miner and Silver ETFs Fall in Risk-Off Trade

    05-08-2012 11:31 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking gold, silver and miner stocks were among the steepest decliners Tuesday as global markets sold off on concerns the latest troubles in Greece will shatter the Eurozone. In precious metals, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 2.5% while iShares S...

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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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  • ETFs for Gold and Miner Stocks

    05-02-2012 10:51 AM by Tom Lydon

    The weak U.S. dollar and ongoing Eurozone debt crisis are attracting investors to gold. Bullion and mining exchange traded funds are among the best tools to gain exposure to the precious metal. "In an attempt to avoid a deflationary spiral the Federal Reserve engaged in succe...

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  • What to Make of Treasury ETF Strength

    05-02-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 is back over 1,400 but recent strength in U.S. Treasury bonds has some questioning the stock rally. For example, yields on the 10-year Treasury note declined to nearly 1.9% earlier this week. Treasury ETFs have rebounded despite growing calls the multi-decade r...

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Drift Lower on Dollar, Physical Demand

    04-30-2012 02:26 PM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds have been relatively quiet in recent weeks although technically the precious metal ETFs are trending slightly downwards with a series of lower highs. For the three months ended April 27, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 4.5% while...

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  • Gold ETF Buying Surges in India

    04-27-2012 02:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds listed in India have seen buying jump during Akshaya Tritiya as more individuals purchase ETFs rather than jewelry. Gold prices have been trading between $1,600 and $1,700 an ounce over the past two months, and supported recently by the Indian holida...

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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, the IRS and Tax Day: Not so Alluring

    04-17-2012 12:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors that struck gold last year in one of the physically backed exchange traded funds have discovered a capital gains headache at tax time if bullion-backed ETFs are held in a taxable account. Investors considering such a commodity investment at this time may want to read on...

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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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  • Gold ETF Investors Unfazed by Pullback

    04-12-2012 10:34 AM by John Spence

    Gold ETFs aren't seeing investors flee the products even though the precious metal's price has pulled back following last year's record-breaking rally over $1,900 an ounce. "Investors in gold exchange traded funds are living up to their reputation for 'stickiness' as they have...

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  • Gold ETFs Rise on Fed Hopes, China Inflation

    04-09-2012 02:06 PM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds recovered some of their recent losses Monday on speculation the Federal Reserve is more likely to announce additional economic stimulus following last week's lackluster employment report for March. "The door to further quantitative easing remains aja...

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  • Commodity ETFs' Tax Considerations

    04-05-2012 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds provide the average retail investor with the opportunity to easily access the commodities space. As the April 15 tax deadline approaches, investors should take the time to look over some tax consequences associated with commodity funds to minimize any potent...

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  • Currency ETFs: Dollar Strength Hurts Gold, Silver

    04-04-2012 03:14 PM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund tracking the U.S. dollar is up sharply the past two days after bouncing at the 200-day simple moving average, which has provided support in recent months. PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish (NYSEArca: UUP) is up more than 1% the last two days after ...

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  • Metal Bulls See Buying Opportunity in Gold ETFs

    04-04-2012 11:03 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds are caught in a two-day pullback on decreased expectations the Federal Reserve will soon unveil more economic stimulus. However, some gold bulls see a long-term buying opportunity here near $1,600 an ounce on negative real interest rates and further eas...

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  • Silver ETFs Fall on Fed, QE3 Outlook

    04-04-2012 10:16 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds dropped 4% Wednesday in continued selling after the Federal Reserve minutes suggested the central bank likely won't engage in further quantitative easing unless the economy backslides. "What we see today is a rather broad-based sell-off in financia...

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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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  • Don't Get Fooled by an ETF's Name

    04-01-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors should never be fooled into trading an exchange traded fund based solely on its moniker, lest they discover some nasty surprises down the line. While their moniker may give a sense of the what the investment covers, individuals will still need to do some homework on the...

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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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  • Gold, Silver ETFs See Bullish Options Action

    03-28-2012 03:31 PM by John Spence

    Options traders are turning more bullish on gold and silver ETFs as the precious metal funds battle key resistance. "SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) call buyers appeared for the second straight session as the ETF met some resistance on its 200 day moving average, peaking at $...

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  • Options Traders Bet on Higher Bond Yields with Short ETFs

    03-28-2012 09:27 AM by John Spence

    Options traders continue to position for higher yields and lower bond prices with ETFs that follow U.S. Treasuries. Treasury bears have surfaced again this week to snap up calls in ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TBT), says Paul Weisbruch, head of ETF/op...

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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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  • How to Hedge Risk with ETFs?

    03-16-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a year of wild market swings, the average investor is taking a more conservative approach. With exchange traded funds, investors can maintain market exposure while hedging against potential downsides. Inverse and leveraged ETF products are an easy way to maintain quick a...

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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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  • ETF Assets Up $115 Billion This Year

    03-09-2012 03:30 PM by John Spence

    Total assets under management in U.S. exchange traded funds are up by $115 billion so far this year thanks to inflows and market appreciation. "ETF fund flows have been a uniformly positive source of capital into U.S. risk markets in 2012: $39 billion of new cash overall," say...

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  • Gold ETF Bullion Holdings Rise to All-Time High

    03-09-2012 10:46 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds were little changed Friday after a solid February jobs report although the precious metal was trading under $1,700 an ounce. Bullion holdings in gold exchange traded products continue to rise, hitting a record of about 2,407 metric tons valued at rou...

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  • Why More Money Managers are Using ETFs

    03-07-2012 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds are widely used as efficient investment vehicles to capture specific or broad market moves. This aspect has not gone over the heads of money managers, who are including ETFs into their investment portfolios, even products created by their competitors, accord...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Gold

    03-07-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on SPDR Gold Shares ETF (NYSEArca: GLD), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $73.2 billion. Objective: SPDR Gold Shares fund tries to reflect the performance of the price movement on gold bullion. Holdings: The fund holds physical gold bullion in London vaul...

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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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  • ETFs Gathering Record Inflows in 2012

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

    The favorable economic conditions that helped propel the S&P 500 to the highest levels since 2008 last month also fueled greater interest in emerging market and corporate debt exchange traded funds. According to the ETF Industry Association, total assets in ETFs and exchan...

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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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  • State Street ETF Fires Back at Buffett on Gold

    03-05-2012 10:46 AM by John Spence

    State Street Global Advisors, manager of the world's largest gold exchange traded fund, is taking exception to Warren Buffett saying investors should avoid the precious metal. "Buffett, the greatest investor of our time, is, therefore, the most famous critic of gold. He points...

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  • Why Trading in VIX ETFs is Surging

    03-05-2012 07:15 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Trading in futures contracts based on the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, is near record levels along with exchange traded products linked to Wall Street's "fear gauge." From a fund flows standpoint, Volatility based products were once again in play, as iPath S&P 500 VIX Sh...

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  • Gold ETFs Hold More Bullion Than Most Central Banks

    03-02-2012 04:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the demand for gold investments is propelled to new heights, exchange traded funds that hold bullion are rivaling global central banks in their accumulated gold stores. Physically-backed gold ETFs as a group are now the fourth-largest holder of gold, with 2,469 metric tons ...

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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, Silver ETFs Tumble on Bernanke

    02-29-2012 12:00 PM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds fell sharply Wednesday on heavy volume as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified before Congress. Markets were under pressure with investors disappointed Bernanke didn't signal further economic stimulus from the Fed. "People want ...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Ride Bullion Toward $1,800

    02-28-2012 12:18 PM by John Spence

    Gold miner exchange traded funds were among the best-performing sector ETFs on Tuesday as the precious metal continued to march toward $1,800 an ounce. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDXJ) were up nearly 2% in recent...

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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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  • What Silver ETFs are Saying About Precious Metals

    02-21-2012 12:30 PM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds are rallying in the wake of the second bailout for Greece. Fears of additional currency debasement and more financial aid from central banks to stem Europe's debt crisis could keep a bid under precious metal ETFs this year. Gold ETFs rose ...

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  • Gold ETF Demand Fell 58% in 2011

    02-16-2012 12:08 PM by John Spence

    Demand for gold exchange traded funds was cut by more than half last year as volatility and sell-offs in the precious metal contributed to lower ETF buying, according to a report from the World Gold Council released Thursday. Gold demand from ETFs fell to 154 metric tons last ...

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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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  • Paulson Sells More of Gold ETF; Soros, PIMCO Buy In

    02-15-2012 08:52 AM by John Spence

    Hedge fund manager John Paulson continued to scale back his position in the world's largest gold exchange traded fund in the fourth quarter, while George Soros and PIMCO were among the notable buyers of gold ETFs, regulatory filings show. Paulson cut his gold ETF holdings by a...

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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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  • Gold ETFs and Greece: What's Next?

    02-10-2012 09:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    With Greece inching ever so slowly toward a second bailout, many investors are wondering about the next steps for gold exchange traded funds if the Eurozone debt situation shows signs of easing. "The instability of the Eurozone provides for conflicting price drivers. While fea...

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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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  • Poor Man’s Gold: Silver ETFs Shine

    02-02-2012 04:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals are recovering after the sell-off in late 2011, with silver and related exchange traded funds taking the lead. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), PowerShares DB Silver Fund (NYSEArca: DBS) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are all up about...

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  • Chart of the Day: Short Gold ETFs

    01-27-2012 10:17 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    On Thursday we saw evidence of options players looking to get short gold-related exchange traded funds, including SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX). Gold, as well as silver, have had impressive rallies the past several days and...

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  • Measuring the Impact of Gold ETFs

    01-25-2012 11:35 AM by John Spence

    Bullion holdings of gold exchange traded funds are sometimes used to gauge the demand and sentiment for the precious metal. However, the relationship between ETF holdings and the price of gold isn't clear-cut and may not be a reliable indicator for short-term moves, according to ...

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  • Gold ETFs Battle Technical Resistance; All Eyes on Fed Decision

    01-25-2012 09:14 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds were lower before Wednesday's announcement from the Federal Reserve on interest rates and the economy. Precious metal ETFs could see a volatile session as Fed chief Ben Bernanke also holds a press conference following the central bank's announcement. ...

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  • Gold ETFs Size Up 200-Day Average as Dollar Weakens

    01-20-2012 07:48 AM by Tom Lydon

    Some gold bulls are calling for the precious metal to hit $2,000 an ounce this year on the Eurozone debt crisis and demand from China and India. However, gold exchange traded funds need to first get safely back above the 200-day moving average. Gold's recent dip below the 200-...

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  • Investors Are Coming Back to Commodity ETFs

    01-19-2012 04:28 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded products were dumped in the last month of 2011 as investors returned to the equities markets. Still, with investor confidence rising, traders are beginning to pick up riskier commodity plays again, according to a report. Powershares DB Commodity Index...

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  • Gold ETFs Battle 50-Day Moving Average

    01-14-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds are rallying back after getting hit with several nasty sell-offs in the back half of 2011. However, the ETFs' 50-day exponential moving average looks to be a key hurdle the gold funds need to overcome before pushing even higher. Gold's foray below...

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  • ETF Espresso: Weaker Dollar Lifts Stock, Precious Metal ETFs

    01-12-2012 07:50 AM by ETF Trends

    U.S. stock and precious metal exchange traded funds were poised to open higher Thursday with a lower dollar providing a tailwind to risk assets. Small-cap ETFs are following through after breaking above the 200-day moving average as they try to catch up to outperforming blue chip...

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  • ETF Espresso: Stock, Commodity ETFs Higher

    01-10-2012 08:28 AM by John Spence

    Equity and precious metal exchange traded funds were set for big gains Tuesday as investors embraced risk and stocks continued their strong run to open the year on hopes Europe's debt problems are in check. SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) rose 1.1% while ...

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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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  • Can Gold Fund Reclaim Title of World's Largest ETF?

    01-05-2012 02:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund that holds gold bullion briefly wrestled away the title of the world's largest ETF over the summer, before falling prices and investor outflows cut into the fund's assets under management. In August, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) surpassed SPDR S&...

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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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  • Precious Metals, Miner ETFs Off to Strong Start

    01-03-2012 02:06 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in silver were the top performers among unleveraged ETFs on Tuesday as funds indexed to gold and miner stocks also burst out of the gate to start 2012. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), PowerShares DB Silver Fund (NYSEArca: DBS) and ET...

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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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  • Five ETF Trends to Watch in 2012

    12-30-2011 02:53 PM by Tom Lydon

    The crystal ball is particularly cloudy this year as I look back on my 2011 forecasts with a few cringes. The market's job is to confuse the greatest amount of investors, but this year's volatile, trendless market shredded many a confident prediction. Misery loves company, as the...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Rise Late as Bargain Hunters Pounce

    12-29-2011 05:02 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds jumped about 3% on Thursday to reverse some of their recent losses as value hunters bought precious metals following their recent downdraft. ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) both rallied 3%. G...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Drop as Investors Shun Risk

    12-28-2011 10:22 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds fell along with the euro Wednesday amid a sharp bout of risk aversion heading into the end of the year. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 1.3% while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) shed nearly 4%. The gold ETF has weakened afte...

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  • Can Gold ETFs Push to a New Record High in 2012?

    12-27-2011 12:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds took their lumps in late 2011 as prices pulled back by about $300 an ounce after hitting a nominal record high. The correction has some wondering if gold ETFs are indeed a safe haven, but confident precious metal bulls are looking for prices to rise...

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  • Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh ETF?

    12-24-2011 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    January 6 is my birthday. It's also the twelfth day of Christmas and Epiphany, the Christian holiday that marks the three kings bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus in Bethlehem. With so many ETFs on the market, why not a "GFM" fund that tracks gold, fr...

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  • Are ETF Flows Sending a Warning Signal on Gold?

    12-22-2011 10:35 AM by John Spence

    Technical analysts trying to guess gold's next move are closely monitoring bullion holdings and flows in gold exchange traded funds as key sentiment indicators. Holdings in bullion-backed gold ETFs hit an all-time high of about 2,361 metric tons on Dec. 14, but fell for a fift...

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  • ETF Espresso: Gold, Silver Set to Recover Some Losses

    12-20-2011 06:51 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds indexed to gold and silver prices were poised to open higher Tuesday after trading lower in recent sessions on deflation concerns. In premarket trading, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) added 0.9% while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 2.3%. G...

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  • ETF Espresso: Gold VIX Shows Investors Not Panicking After Sell-Off

    12-16-2011 08:09 AM by ETF Trends

    The so-called gold VIX has been relatively calm despite the recent drop in gold prices, suggesting fear hasn't crept into the market in a big way, according to a report Friday. The CBOE Gold Volatility Index (GVZ) fell 4.7% on Thursday as gold prices firmed following a steep d...

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  • Tom Lydon Talks Gold on CNBC

    12-15-2011 05:35 PM by John Spence

    Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC's " Closing Countdown" this afternoon to discuss gold and yields in today's market. Watch the CNBC video to see the full interview.

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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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  • ETF Espresso: Morning Links

    12-14-2011 07:04 AM by ETF Trends

    U.S. stock exchange traded funds were little changed before Wednesday's opening bell following the previous session's decline on disappointment the Federal Reserve didn't announce additional stimulus for the economy. Europe's sovereign debt crisis remains in focus. Precious me...

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  • 2011: Year of the Bond ETF

    12-09-2011 01:50 PM by John Spence

    2011 will go down as the year of the bond exchange traded fund. ETFs in Morningstar's taxable bond category led the year with net inflows of $37.3 billion through the end of November. Fixed-income exchange traded products have grown to 591 from 122 offerings in 2007. Over 1...

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  • S&P Sees ETFs Taking Market Share from Mutual Funds

    12-09-2011 12:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund industry has kept attracting investor interest and assets throughout the year, expanding to 1,176 listed products with $1.049 trillion assets as of the end of November. The investment vehicle is expected to continue to draw money away from other tradition...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Fall After ECB Comments

    12-08-2011 12:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds were down sharply Thursday after new European Central Bank President Mario Draghi signaled the ECB wouldn't buy bonds to ease the debt crisis and help the economy. The ECB did cut interest rates by a quarter-point as expected and announced...

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  • ETFs See Big Swings on ECB News

    12-08-2011 08:54 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds were volatile before Thursday's opening bell as the European Central Bank cut rates and announced liquidity measures designed to help banks. ETFs pegged to U.S. stocks, the euro and precious metals jumped after the ECB lowered reserve ratio requirements f...

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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 Rake in Assets; Bullion Holdings Near Record

    12-07-2011 09:09 AM by John Spence

    Investors poured more than $3 billion into the world's largest gold exchange traded fund last month as the amount of bullion held in ETFs lingers near record highs. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) saw net cash inflows of $3.1 billion in November to lead all ETFs, according to...

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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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  • ETFs See November Outflows; Gold Fund Adds $3 Billion

    12-05-2011 03:56 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S.-listed exchange traded funds and notes posted net outflows of $238 million in November as major equity ETFs saw the biggest redemptions. It was the first time since April that ETFs and ETNs have seen outflows, although they've pulled in over $100 billion so far this year. ...

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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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  • Gold ETFs Rise on Central Bank Buying, Liquidity

    12-02-2011 07:15 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds were set for a higher open Friday as markets eyed the November nonfarm payrolls report. The precious metal was getting a lift from reports Bank of Korea raised its gold holdings and expectations the European Central Bank will boost liquidity to address ...

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  • A Technical Look at Gold and Silver ETFs

    12-01-2011 10:23 AM by John Spence

    The surge in gold and silver exchange traded funds Wednesday following coordinated liquidity actions from central bankers has raised hopes for a year-end melt-up in precious metals However, gold and silver ETFs need to contend with important trendline resistance before any roc...

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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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  • Gold ETFs Boosted by Fresh Currency Debasement Fears

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

    Gold exchange traded funds are rallying on worries the latest central bank liquidity actions will lead to further currency debasement and make precious metal ETFs attractive to investors seeking protection. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) gained 2% on Wednesday after the Fede...

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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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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Rise as Fed, Central Banks Boost Liquidity

    11-30-2011 09:35 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in gold and silver rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve coordinated with other central banks to lower the pricing on existing dollar liquidity swap arrangements. The move, which is designed to make more dollars available and ease funding p...

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  • Gold, Oil ETFs Surge on Weaker Dollar

    11-28-2011 08:23 AM by John Spence

    Commodity exchange traded funds tracking gold and oil jumped Monday along with global equities as risk appetite recovered following a seven-day down streak for U.S. stocks. A weaker dollar helped fuel the gains. U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) rallied 3.5% in premarket dealings ...

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  • Stock ETFs Rally on Europe Hopes, Retail Sales

    11-28-2011 07:44 AM by John Spence

    Equity exchange traded funds were poised to open sharply higher Monday on solid Black Friday sales and reports Eurozone leaders are working on a closer fiscal pact. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was up more than 2% in Monday's premarket following a seven-day losing stre...

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  • Short Gold ETFs Boosted by Precious Metals Weakness

    11-25-2011 08:55 AM by Tom Lydon

    Inverse exchange traded funds that profit from falling gold prices have received a boost the past two weeks as precious metal prices slide with global equities. Short gold ETFs include PowerShares DB Gold Double Short ETN (NYSEArca: DZZ), ProShares Ultrashort Gold ETF (NYSEArc...

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  • Hedge Funds Tap ETFs for Stock, Gold Trades

    11-23-2011 10:27 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds are slowly but surely catching on with more individual investors and advisors, but hedge funds managers have been using ETFs for years to make quick bets on stocks and precious metals. For example, the three largest and newest additions to Louis Bacon's M...

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  • Gold ETFs Down as Metal Surrenders $1,700 an Ounce

    11-21-2011 11:19 AM by John Spence

    Precious metals exchange traded funds sold off Monday along with global equities as gold futures dropped below the key level of $1,700 an ounce. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 2% while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) dropped nearly 5%. Metals ETFs were hurt by a...

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  • Stock, Metals ETFs Fall on Supercommittee Failure

    11-21-2011 07:13 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking global stocks and precious metals were set for steep losses Monday on news the congressional "supercommittee" charged with cutting the U.S. deficit will announce it can't reach a deal. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was off 1.7% in premarke...

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  • Silver ETFs Guide Precious Metals Lower

    11-17-2011 10:27 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds fell Thursday on reports investors were taking profits in precious metals to offset losses elsewhere in their portfolios on Eurozone debt concerns. Metals ETFs were lower Thursday along with stocks while in Europe, Spanish bond yields clim...

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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 Pause Near $1,800 an Ounce; Goldman Says Stay Long

    11-14-2011 12:34 PM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds have traded in a range the past couple weeks as prices hover just below $1,800 an ounce, but Goldman Sachs recommends investors stay long the precious metal. "We expect gold prices to continue to climb in 2011 given the current low level of U.S. real...

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  • Options Traders Bullish on Gold ETF

    11-10-2011 01:46 PM by John Spence

    Traders have been snapping up bullish call options on gold and silver exchange traded funds amid a pullback in the precious metals ETFs. Calls were active in the metals ETFs on Wednesday as January $190 calls in SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and January $35 calls in iShares...

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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 and Silver ETFs Higher After Fed, Bernanke

    11-02-2011 03:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds were higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve stood pat on interest rates and cut its economic outlook. Growing uncertainty over the Greek bailout and Europe's debt crisis also provided a tailwind for precious metals ETFs. SPDR Gold S...

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  • Silver ETFs Lead Declines in Precious Metals for Second Day

    11-01-2011 08:02 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that follow the price of gold and silver were on track for a second day of losses Tuesday as precious metals followed global stocks lower. In a surprise move, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called a referendum and confidence vote, a development th...

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  • Dollar Rally Dings Gold, Silver ETFs

    10-31-2011 10:06 AM by John Spence

    A rising U.S. dollar following Japan's latest currency intervention Monday acted as a headwind for gold and silver exchange traded funds. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) were down 1.4% and 2.8%, respectively, in the first hour of U.S. ...

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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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  • Gold ETFs Vault 3% as Metal Regains $1,700

    10-25-2011 11:22 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds soared Tuesday as prices climbed back above $1,700 an ounce with momentum and investors moved into safe havens on uncertainty over a solution to Europe's debt woes. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up more than 3% in the final hour of U.S. tradin...

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  • These ETFs Have Doubled in Price the Past Three Years

    10-23-2011 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Market volatility has been ratcheting up on economic uncertainty, and many investors are heading for the safety of the sidelines in cash. Choppy markets can be frustrating for investors, who are hearing calls that buy-and-hold investing is dead. With triple-digit gains and ...

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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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  • Silver ETFs Hit Hardest in Precious Metals Pullback

    10-18-2011 11:14 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds were posting some of the largest percentage declines in ETF trading Tuesday after China reported disappointing economic growth and following Moody's warning on France's credit rating. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was down over 2% but pa...

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  • Gold ETF Demand Expected to Rise in India

    10-17-2011 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Demand for exchange traded funds that invest in gold is forecast to rise this year as investors look for options outside the stock market, according to a report. Ajay Mitra, managing director of India and the Middle East at the World Gold Council, said demand for gold ETFs in ...

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  • Gold ETFs Gain as Dollar Weakens After EU Pact

    10-10-2011 08:46 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds were set to open the week with a 2% rise on reports of a banking sector recapitalization in Europe, while the euro strengthened against the U.S. dollar. SDPR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 2% in preopen trade Monday. German Chancellor Angela Merk...

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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, Silver ETFs Higher After Jobs Report

    10-07-2011 07:57 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds were higher Friday after the Labor Department said September nonfarm payrolls rose more than economists had expected. The largest gold ETF, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), is up 1.5% so far this week. Gold was on track for its largest...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Leveraged Gold Funds

    10-03-2011 09:46 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Gold prices were rising Monday after leveling off towards the end of last week following the recent steep sell-off. Bearish put buyers entered the picture in gold futures -- in contrast, upside November call buyers surfaced in the largest exchange traded fund for gold, SPDR Gold ...

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  • Volatility-Linked ETFs Rise to 2011 High

    10-03-2011 08:28 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Volatility-linked exchange traded products have rallied to a new high for 2011 as markets weigh the odds and potential consequences of a Greek default. Meanwhile, the equity markets closed on a low note last week on roughly average trading volumes. Of particular interest were ...

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  • Gold ETFs Rise on Greek Default Worries

    10-03-2011 07:34 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds opened the week with a rally after Greece missed goals on cutting its deficit. The Greek government passed austerity measures over the weekend. Eurozone finance ministers were meeting later Monday to hold talks on the next steps to address...

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  • Gold ETFs Look for Seasonal Bounce in Q4

    09-30-2011 12:53 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds posted respectable gains in the third quarter despite a miserable September. Technical analysts are talking about a potential "double top" in gold, but ETFs could get a seasonal bounce in the fourth quarter. The precious metal is on track for its wor...

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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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  • Large Investors Tap ETFs for Short-Term Trades: Report

    09-30-2011 09:03 AM by Tom Lydon

    Institutional investors have been using exchange traded funds for short-term trades in a choppy market, according to the latest flow data, which means ETF buying and selling patterns can be volatile on a weekly basis. A total of $5.9 billion was pulled from equity focused fund...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Trade Higher with Focus on Data, Europe

    09-29-2011 09:45 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds rose Thursday and continued to trade in a range for the week as markets focused on U.S. economic data and the latest news from Europe on the debt crisis. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 1% in early trading while iShares Silver Trust ...

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  • All in the Family: State Street's SPDR ETFs

    09-29-2011 09:04 AM by Tom Lydon

    There are more than 1,300 exchange traded funds and counting, which can make researching and choosing ETFs a challenging exercise. There are nearly 45 providers of ETFs, as well. However, Boston-based State Street Global Advisors started it all when the firm listed the first U...

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  • Investors Hold Steady in Gold ETFs Despite Volatility

    09-28-2011 03:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    The recent sell-off in gold and the volatility in precious metals hasn't caused investors to dump their holdings in gold exchange traded funds, according to a report. Despite a 10% drop in gold prices over four days through Monday, investors and traders held the course in ETFs...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Drop Along with Stocks

    09-28-2011 02:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds moved to the downside on Wednesday along with U.S. stocks as precious metals ETFs continue to endure volatile swings. Gold ETFs were losing ground after snapping a multiday losing streak on Tuesday. [Metals Surge Ends Losing Streak] "Af...

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  • Gold, Silver ETF Surge Ends Losing Streak

    09-27-2011 08:05 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds rebounded Tuesday to snap their losing streak as a weaker dollar and bargain hunters pushed the precious metals higher. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 3% in premarket, while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) added 9%. The me...

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  • How Do You Value Gold ETFs?

    09-26-2011 02:57 PM by John Spence

    Investors are infatuated with price targets for gold and exchange traded funds tracking the precious metal, but many valuation techniques favored by analysts are faulty, says a portfolio manager at ETF provider State Street Global Advisors. "I'm bullish on gold, but let's just...

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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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  • 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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  • Paulson's Big Gold ETF Investment Helps Offset Losses

    09-20-2011 01:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    Hedge fund manager John Paulson won big in the credit meltdown by betting against the housing market. His recent missteps in financial stocks including Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) have been offset by a huge position in the world's largest gold ETF. Paulson, founder of the hedg...

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  • What Gold, Platinum ETFs are Saying About the Economy

    09-19-2011 09:58 AM by Tom Lydon

    Spectacular gains in gold exchange traded funds have not been mirrored in platinum ETFs as gold spot prices begin to trade at par with platinum. The new price parity may forebode change in the global economy, analysts say. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is up 26.9% so far th...

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  • Bears Lurk in ETF Options Trading

    09-16-2011 11:01 AM by John Spence

    Stock exchange traded funds were volatile Friday in a so-called quad witching day as options expired on index futures, index options, stock options and stock futures. "We will be watching the S&P 500 level of 1,200 closely, as there is sizable open interest in SPX index op...

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  • Gold ETFs Stumble After Central Banks Provide Liquidity

    09-16-2011 10:06 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds were little changed Friday morning but were on track for a steep weekly decline as tensions over Europe's debt crisis relaxed a bit. In a surprise move Thursday, the European Central Bank said it was working with other central banks to lend U.S. doll...

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  • Gold’s Drop Below $1,800 Tests ETF Investors’ Mettle

    09-15-2011 02:57 PM by John Spence

    The pullback in gold prices to under $1,800 an ounce is testing the conviction of investors who chased the rally with exchange traded funds. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest precious metals ETF with about $71 billion in assets, was up about 28% year to date throug...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Break Support Lines

    09-15-2011 01:17 PM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds were suffering losses of more than 2% on Thursday, breaking support trend lines from the summer rally in the process. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 2.2% in afternoon trading while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) dropped 2....

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Lower on Europe, Data

    09-15-2011 09:19 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds lost ground on Thursday due to improved sentiment over Europe's sovereign debt crisis and as markets digested several U.S. economic reports. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) were down 2% in premarke...

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  • Gold ETFs Consolidate as Metal Holds Above $1,800

    09-14-2011 07:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    The financial crisis in Europe is expected to hold up gold prices as investors continue to look for safety in the precious metal. Gold could move Wednesday as investors await news on a conference call being held between Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, French President ...

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  • Investors Sell Gold, Silver ETFs to Cover Losses Elsewhere

    09-13-2011 07:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals exchange traded funds dropped Monday as investors dumped gold to cover losses in the equities market, analysts said. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down 2.2% in late trading Monday, and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was down 3.3%. Gold futures f...

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  • Gold ETFs Follow Stocks Lower

    09-12-2011 09:14 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds joined global stocks in the red Monday amid reports traders were selling the precious metal to meet margin calls as equities tank. Gold fell as investors unloaded holdings to raise cash and cover losses elsewhere in their portfolios, Reuters reported...

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  • A Look at the World's Largest Gold ETF

    09-09-2011 05:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    With a total value of $73 billion and holding nearly 40 million ounces of bullion, the world's largest gold exchange traded fund hoards more of the precious metal than many of the world's richest countries. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is the largest physically-backed gold...

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  • Gold ETFs Reverse Losses as Europe Debt Crisis Heats Up Again

    09-09-2011 12:48 PM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds erased early losses Friday as the precious metal caught a bid on ramped-up anxiety over Europe's sovereign debt crisis. Stock ETFs were selling off and gold was in positive territory after the European Central Bank said executive board member Juergen...

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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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  • U.S., European Stock ETFs Rise After German Court Ruling

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

    Exchange traded funds tracking U.S. and European stocks bounced Wednesday morning on relief a German court has cleared the country's participation in the Eurozone bailouts. SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) rose 1.2% at the open as the Dow added more than 1...

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  • Gold ETFs Down 3% in Choppy Trading

    09-07-2011 08:37 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds were off more than 3% early Wednesday in volatile action after a German court rejected lawsuits seeking to prevent Germany from participating in the bailouts of European countries. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) slipped 3.5% while gold futures trad...

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  • Eurozone Debt Woes, Weak Jobs Data Boost Gold ETFs

    09-06-2011 09:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stalled U.S. job growth combined with a renewed focus on Greece's finances and Europe's debt crisis helped lift demand for safe-haven assets such as gold exchange traded funds on Tuesday as bullion prices rose to a new record high. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 0.5%....

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  • Gold ETFs Higher as Prices Top $1,920 an Ounce

    09-06-2011 07:51 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds were higher Tuesday as bullion prices briefly rose above $1,920 an ounce to a new record high on worries over the global economy and Europe's lingering debt woes. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest gold ETF, added 0.7% in premarket action....

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  • Gold ETFs Jump After Disappointing Jobs Report

    09-02-2011 08:45 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds gained nearly 3% in premarket action Friday after the Labor Department said nonfarm payrolls were flat in August. The jobs report was weaker than expected, while the June and July figures were revised lower. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) added ...

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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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  • Tom Lydon on CNBC: Gold as a Momentum Play

    09-01-2011 01:16 PM by John Spence

    Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC's "The Call" this morning to discuss gold as a momentum play, as well as gold miner exchange traded funds. Tom offers his thoughts on ways to invest in gold and miner stocks. Watch the CNBC video to see the full interview.

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  • Stock, Gold ETFs Try to Hold Uptrend

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

    Exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. stocks and gold are trying to resume their uptrends following a correction earlier this month. "Major equity indexes have broken above their Aug. 17 highs. These upside breakouts must now hold into the end of the week," said Tarquin Co...

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  • Gold, Miner ETFs Among Top Performers in August

    08-31-2011 02:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a mid-month correction, exchange traded funds that invest in gold were among the best performers in August, backed by safe-haven demand and a tumultuous market. Gold miner ETFs were also top performers this month as they benefited from the precious metal's rise. SPDR G...

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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 Rise After Fed’s Evans Comments

    08-30-2011 08:51 AM by John Spence

    Gold prices rallied Tuesday morning after Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans said the Fed may need to take additional policy steps to help a faltering economy and employment market. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up more than 2% in premarket trading Tuesday ...

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  • Gold, Treasury ETFs See Outflows

    08-28-2011 06:00 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Exchange traded funds that follow safe haven sectors such as gold and U.S. Treasuries declined last week and saw money outflows as risk appetite in markets improved. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in a speech Friday left open the possibility of additional stimulus at th...

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  • How Risky are 'Safe-Haven' ETFs?

    08-26-2011 04:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in perceived safe havens such as U.S. Treasuries, gold and the Swiss franc have pulled back somewhat after a big rally, although investors remain fearful over the economic recovery and Europe's debt crisis. These pockets of safety may lose val...

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  • Stock, Gold ETFs Rally After Bernanke

    08-26-2011 10:55 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking U.S. stocks and gold rallied Friday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed will take an extra day at its September meeting to consider additional support for the economy. Bernanke didn't announce any immediate easing measures fr...

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  • Gold ETFs Higher; Metal Touches $1,800

    08-26-2011 07:52 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds were higher Friday in the wake of an eagerly anticipated speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Gold prices briefly jumped to $1,800 an ounce before pulling back. ETFs were volatile Friday after Bernanke didn't announce any additional ...

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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 See Outflows as Metal Corrects Below $1,800

    08-24-2011 10:08 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking gold were down 4% Wednesday afternoon following the previous session's steep pullback as the precious metal corrects following a run above $1,900 an ounce. Gold futures skidded $100 to below $1,800. Gold holdings in exchange traded products de...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Tumble in Stock Rally

    08-23-2011 04:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds fell sharply Tuesday as a rebound in global risk appetite helped push the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a 322-point gain. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) declined 3.8% while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) dropped 4.7%. [Silver ETF...

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  • ETF Spotlight: SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) Becomes the Largest ETF

    08-23-2011 07:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), part of an ongoing series. The gold exchange traded fund has surpassed SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) as the largest ETF by assets. GLD holds $76.7 billion, compared with $74.4 billion in SPY, according to sponsor State Str...

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  • Gold, Platinum ETFs Soar as Prices Top $1,900

    08-22-2011 06:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in gold and platinum advanced Monday as prices for both precious metals topped $1,900 an ounce. Investors are seeking refuge in bullion on fears of a troubled global economy. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and ETFS Physical Platinum Share...

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  • ETFs that Bet Against Gold See Trading Volume Rise

    08-22-2011 04:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that profit from falling gold prices have seen trading volume increase as the precious metal tops $1,900 an ounce, a new record. Investors can use these ETFs to speculate on gold pullbacks, or to hedge a long position in bullion. Wells Fargo recently s...

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  • Stock Rally Fades, Financial ETFs Swing Negative

    08-22-2011 09:17 AM by John Spence

    A nearly 200-point Dow rally faded Monday as exchange traded funds indexed to the U.S. bank sector fell to new 52-week lows. The Dow saw nearly all its morning gains evaporate while SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) shed 0.5%. Key holding Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) lost over ...

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  • Will Bernanke's Jackson Hole Speech Save Stock ETFs?

    08-19-2011 04:49 PM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds have suffered four straight losing weeks in the current tailspin. Markets are shaky again this year as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke prepares to deliver his speech at the Kansas City Fed Symposium at Jackson Hole. Last year, stocks embarked ...

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  • Gold ETFs Rise 2%; Futures Top $1,870

    08-19-2011 06:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    The largest exchange traded fund following gold prices was up more than 2% in preopen trading Friday as futures rose above $1,870 an ounce, a new record high. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) added 2.3% before the bell. The precious metal was on track for the longest streak...

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  • Gold ETFs Added 52 Tons of Bullion in Q2: Report

    08-18-2011 02:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds added nearly 52 metric tons of bullion in the second quarter, reversing the outflows from the first quarter, the World Gold Council said in a report Thursday. Gold ETFs saw net inflows of 51.7 tons in the second quarter, which was down from the year-...

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  • Gold ETFs Higher on Economic Jitters, Venezuela

    08-18-2011 01:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices nearly touched $1,830 an ounce Thursday on concerns over the health of the global economy and after Venezuela said it plans to nationalize its gold mining industry. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), which holds assets of $74.6 billion, rose 1.5% and recorded a new ...

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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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  • Stock ETFs Rattled by Global Growth Concerns, European Debt

    08-18-2011 08:20 AM by John Spence

    Stock exchange traded funds were set to open sharply lower in the U.S. on Thursday as investors fretted over weakness in the global economy and European banks' exposure to the region's debt crisis. SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) slipped about 2% in prema...

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  • Gold ETFs Slightly Higher; Wells Fargo Warns on Bubble

    08-17-2011 09:41 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices were fractionally higher Wednesday morning as Wells Fargo cautioned investors that the precious metal is a speculative bubble that is poised to burst. Gold exchange traded funds such as the $72.4 billion SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) have risen about 25% so far ...

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  • Soros Again Trims Gold ETF Holdings; Paulson Lets It Ride

    08-16-2011 01:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    George Soros' hedge fund continued to scale back its investment in the world's largest gold exchange traded fund in the second quarter, according to regulatory filings. Soros, who last month said his fund will no longer manage outside money, held 42,800 shares of SPDR Gold Sha...

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  • Oil, Precious Metals ETFs Rally on Weaker Dollar

    08-15-2011 02:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities exchange traded funds started the week strong as gold, silver and oil prices rose while the U.S. dollar weakened against most rivals on Monday. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 1% in afternoon trade as gold prices were trying to retrace their recent pullback...

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  • How Will Margin Hike Impact Gold ETFs?

    08-12-2011 03:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals investors are debating whether a 22% increase in margin requirements to trade gold futures contracts will be enough to seriously derail the rally in gold exchange traded funds. "There is some concern that the rise may be a precursor to more aggressive margin in...

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  • Gold ETFs Weaken After Margin Hike

    08-11-2011 11:28 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds were moving lower Thursday after the Chicago Mercantile Exchange raised margin requirements to trade Comex gold futures contracts. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was down more than 2% in midday trading. Silver prices plunged this spring followin...

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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 and Silver ETFs Jump After U.S. Downgrade; Euro Falls

    08-08-2011 08:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver prices soared Monday, pulling precious metals exchange traded funds higher, after Standard & Poor's cut its triple-A rating on U.S. government debt. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 2.3% in premarket trading, while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV...

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  • Stock ETFs Drop on S&P Credit Downgrade; Gold Tops $1,700

    08-08-2011 07:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds were set for a big decline Monday after Standard & Poor's downgraded its triple-A credit rating on U.S. debt.  Dow futures slipped over 200 points before the bell while gold soared to $1,710 an ounce. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) fell mo...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Back on the March

    08-04-2011 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that follow gold and silver prices continued their drive higher Thursday as the Eurozone debt crisis continued to dominate the news flow. SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca: GLD) climbed 1.3% in early U.S. trading while iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) added 1...

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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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  • Stock ETFs Tumble; S&P 500 Takes Out 200-Day

    08-02-2011 04:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. equities staggered into Tuesday's closing bell as exchange traded funds indexed to the S&P 500 lost 2.6% and fell below a key technical level. Broad-based stock ETFs such as SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) and iShares S&P 500 (NYSEArca: IVV) sliced through th...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Higher as Situation Worsens in Italy

    08-02-2011 08:56 AM by John Spence

    Italy's debt crisis continues to escalate amid soaring yields on its government bonds and reports that authorities will meet Tuesday to try and address the disorder in markets. Yields on Spanish and Italian 5-year bonds reached parity on Tuesday for the first time in over a ye...

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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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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Pare Gains After Debt Agreement

    08-01-2011 08:44 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds were consolidating some of their recent gains on Monday as markets breathed a sigh of relief after the White House and U.S. lawmakers reached a deal over the weekend to boost the debt ceiling again. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) declined 0.4% in premar...

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  • Poor Manufacturing Report Knocks Stock ETFs

    08-01-2011 08:13 AM by John Spence

    U.S. stock exchange traded funds saw an early rally fade Monday after a weak manufacturing report for July raised concerns the economy is stuck in a soft patch. Equity ETFs opened sharply higher Monday after the Obama administration and congressional leaders reached a deal to ...

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  • Gold ETFs Grind Higher as U.S. Debt Talks Remain Deadlocked

    07-26-2011 03:57 PM by John Spence

    A late-day rally in gold exchange traded funds Tuesday carried the precious metals ETFs near fresh record highs as leaders in Washington remained in a stalemate over the U.S. deficit and raising the debt limit. The roughly $65 billion SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) climbed i...

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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 Miner ETFs Rally Back Near Lifetime Highs

    07-25-2011 02:49 PM by John Spence

    A rally in exchange traded funds that invest in gold miners has carried the sector ETFs close to their all-time highs from late 2010. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) is reasserting its relative uptrend against the S&P 500 as the fund eyes a new record relati...

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  • Gold ETFs Fall, Treasuries Rise on Debt Plan Hopes

    07-19-2011 02:19 PM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds fell Tuesday after President Barack Obama said he supports a plan that would reduce the deficit by nearly $4 trillion as the deadline on the U.S. debt ceiling looms. Obama at a surprise White House press conference Tuesday said the proposal by a grou...

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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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  • Precious Metals ETFs Rise on Debt Woes; Gold Tops $1,600

    07-18-2011 07:58 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds rose Monday morning as the precious metal's price rose above $1,600 an ounce for the first time on worries over the sovereign bond crisis in Europe and a lack of clarity on the U.S. debt limit. Silver ETFs were the big gainers in Monday's premarket d...

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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 Scale New Heights

    07-14-2011 12:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    The largest exchange traded fund following gold prices rose to a new all-time high Thursday as investors continued to fret over the Eurozone debt crisis and uncertainty over the U.S. debt ceiling. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) pared earlier gains and was flat for the sessio...

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  • Stock, Metals ETFs Surge as Bernanke Hints at Further Stimulus

    07-13-2011 11:06 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. stocks and precious metals jumped Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank stands ready to provide more support to financial markets if the economy worsens. Bernanke's comments in testimony before Con...

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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 Near Record High as Debt Crisis Worsens

    07-12-2011 08:13 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds have rallied back near all-time highs as the European debt crisis takes a turn for the worse this week. Gold futures were down fractionally Tuesday morning, hovering just below $1,550 an ounce after the European Union released updates on the region's...

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  • Gold ETFs Reclaim 50-Day Average on Safety Trade

    07-06-2011 04:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds rose 1% on Wednesday as futures contracts closed near $1,530 an ounce. Investors bought precious metals after Portugal's sovereign debt was hacked down to "junk" by Moody's. Investors remain concerned over the financial prospects of weaker Eurozone s...

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  • Gold ETFs Rally on Eurozone Debt Fears; Euro Dives

    07-06-2011 10:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds rose on Wednesday while Portuguese bond yields surged one day after Moody's slashed its debt rating on government debt into "junk" status. CurrencyShares Euro Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was down nearly 1% at last check on worries credit woes are spreading...

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Rally as Moody's Warns on China, Portugal

    07-05-2011 01:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking gold and silver jumped Tuesday on lingering Eurozone concerns while Moody's warned on Chinese banks' exposure to local debt. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) climbed nearly 2% as gold futures reclaimed $1,500 an ounce, while iShares Silver Trust ...

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  • Bank of America Saps Financial ETFs; Nasdaq-100 Steady on Apple

    07-05-2011 11:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Financial exchange traded funds were the biggest sector decliners in Tuesday's down market after a five-day rally. Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLF) was off more than 1% along with top holding Bank of America (NYSE: BAC). In the tech sector, the Nasdaq-100 Powe...

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  • Healthcare ETFs Lead Second Quarter as Commodities Decline

    07-01-2011 11:11 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds have surged this week on relief over Greece accepting further austerity, but the S&P 500 ended the second quarter essentially where it started. Healthcare ETFs were the top sector performers in the second quarter, with pharmaceuticals and biotec...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Rise with Focus on Greek Vote

    06-29-2011 07:38 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds have been rising this week with Europe's debt debacle in the spotlight. Greek legislators were expected to vote in favor of austerity measures on Wednesday morning. Precious metals ETFs traded higher in Wednesday's premarket, while Currenc...

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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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  • Stock, Euro ETFs Fall in Risk-Off Trade

    06-23-2011 08:44 AM by John Spence

    U.S. stock exchange traded funds fell Thursday morning after the previous session's late-day slide as a lower economic outlook from the Federal Reserve and European debt rumblings darkened the mood. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was down 1% in premarket trading Thursday...

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  • Germany ETF Falls as Focus Shifts After Vote

    06-22-2011 08:14 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund indexed to Germany was among the steepest decliners in Wednesday's premarket trading after Greece's prime minister survived a vote of confidence. The iShares MSCI Germany (NYSEArca: EWG) was down 2% before the bell. [Germany ETF Profiled] The vote of...

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  • Gold Miner ETFs Continue Divergence from Bullion

    06-17-2011 07:43 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in gold miner stocks are down for the year amid volatile action even though bullion ETFs have advanced and remain near record highs. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) is off 15.8% so far in 2011, according to Morningstar. The $6.3...

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  • Vanguard, BlackRock Dominate ETFs in Retirement Plans: Report

    06-16-2011 08:17 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds from Vanguard and BlackRock dominate the list of top 20 ETFs by total distribution in the 401(k) and defined contribution business, according to a report this week. "ETFs are off to a slow start in terms of their distribution in 401k plans but we exp...

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  • Dollar Rally Tarnishes Gold, Silver ETFs

    06-15-2011 09:08 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund tracking the dollar's movements against a basket of currencies jumped on Wednesday as investors were back in "risk-off" mode after the previous session's stock rally. The greenback's move higher also took the shine from ETFs that invest in gold and silv...

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  • Merger Monday, Lower Dollar Not Enough to Lift Stock ETFs

    06-13-2011 07:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Major stock exchange traded funds finished Monday's session little changed despite a spate of merger news and a weaker dollar. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) closed flat, while PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish (NYSEArca: UUP), an ETF tracking the greenback's movement aga...

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  • Gold Miners Boost Dividends in Battle with Bullion ETFs

    06-13-2011 08:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold miners are hiking their dividends in a bid to lure investors who have instead flooded into exchange traded funds that follow the price of bullion, according to a report Monday. ETFs that track gold bullion and miner stocks have been trending in different directions lately...

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  • Silver, Gold ETFs Eye Lower Start to Week

    06-13-2011 06:59 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking gold and silver slipped in Monday's premarket trading while the euro also weakened on worries over the Eurozone debt fracas. Metals ETFs were on track for a lower start to the week as credit default swaps on Greek, Irish, and Portuguese debt sign...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Follow Stocks Into Red

    06-10-2011 10:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds were down 3% Friday morning as metals ETFs slipped along with global stocks as investors moved into the safety of the U.S. dollar and Treasury bonds. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) slid more than 3% at last check while SPDR Gold Shares (N...

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  • Financial ETFs Lower Again as Citi, Bank of America in Vortex

    06-08-2011 05:57 PM by Tom Lydon

    The situation continues to deteriorate in financial exchange traded funds with top bank holdings Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Citigroup (NYSE: C) feeling another sharp decline Wednesday. Stock ETFs extended their losing streak as financials led the way lower and Visa (NYSE:...

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  • Gold and Miner ETFs Part Ways

    06-08-2011 01:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track gold bullion and miner stocks have been moving in different directions lately with the shares following equity markets lower. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) was down nearly 3% in afternoon trading Wednesday. It entered the session w...

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  • Why are Stock and Dollar ETFs Falling Together?

    06-07-2011 10:14 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking U.S. stocks and the dollar have tended to move in opposite directions during the credit flameout and stimulus-fueled recovery, with many equity rallies coming at the greenback's expense. However, some analysts have pointed out that the dollar and...

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  • Metals ETFs Driven by Eurozone Debt, Economic Data

    06-07-2011 07:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds rose 2% in premarket trading Tuesday but have lagged gold ETFs lately on weak manufacturing and employment numbers. Silver ETFs have recovered somewhat after falling about 7% last week. "Poor manufacturing data in the U.S. and the Eurozone and d...

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  • Silver ETFs Slip 2%

    05-26-2011 08:28 AM by Tom Lydon

    Silver exchange traded funds were down about 2% on Thursday morning after rising the previous three days. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) slid 2% in premarket trade. The silver ETF ended Wednesday down 19.4% over the past month and with a 22.3% year-to-date gain, a...

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  • Silver ETFs Rise 2% as Dollar Slips

    05-24-2011 09:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    The largest exchange traded fund for silver rose 2% in early trading Tuesday while the dollar weakened a bit following its recent bounce. The $11.3 billion iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) climbed 2.3% in premarket trade. Other ETFs for silver include ETFS Physical Silver ...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Steady After Correction, Outflows

    05-24-2011 07:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds have experienced outflows so far in the second quarter, while precious metals such as silver and gold have contributed to the sector's volatility. Although volatility levels are higher than usual, some experts say the long-term trends for precious ...

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  • Energy Sector Leads Stock ETFs Lower

    05-23-2011 11:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds fell sharply Monday on worries over Europe's finances while weakness in Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron (NYSE: CVX) pushed energy ETFs lower by nearly 2%. ETFs tracking U.S. stocks and the euro fell Monday as worries over the debt problems in Eu...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Follow Risk Assets Lower

    05-23-2011 08:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in gold and silver followed equities lower on Monday as markets turned their attention to Europe's debt crisis following credit downgrades of Greece and Italy. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) fell 1.4% while SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca...

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  • Gold ETFs Saw $2.5 Billion Outflow in First Quarter

    05-19-2011 11:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds and similar products that track gold prices saw net outflows of 56 metric tons, or about $2.5 billion, in the first quarter, the World Gold Council said in a report Thursday. "Redemptions were concentrated in January," the organization said in the report....

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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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  • Silver ETFs Find Footing After Margin Sell-Off

    05-18-2011 10:44 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in silver rallied nearly 4% on Wednesday, raising questions over whether the metal can recover after its recent drubbing on higher margin requirements for futures contracts. Silver has finally stabilized "as Comex futures speculative futures p...

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  • Investors Pull Money From Silver, Gold ETFs

    05-18-2011 08:48 AM by John Spence

    Metals exchange traded funds for silver and gold were set to rise Wednesday, but investors have been yanking money from these ETFs amid their recent decline. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up nearly 2% before the bell. "With the volatility in commodities, it s...

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  • What ETF Investors are Buying and Dumping

    05-14-2011 10:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    As April transitioned to May, market volatility has experienced a spike. Nevertheless, equities-based exchange traded funds (ETFs) are still attracting heavy investment while precious metals were the biggest losers. In the period between April 27 and May 4, iShares Silver Trus...

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  • Silver ETFs Rise 4% Before the Bell

    05-13-2011 07:47 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds were up 4% in premarket trading Friday but the ETFs remain well below their 50-day moving averages after the big sell-off. Precious metals ETFs were getting a boost from a weaker dollar. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 4% before th...

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  • Greenback ETF Makes Gains as Commodities Trip

    05-12-2011 03:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. dollar has gained some strength with commodities markets falling on profit taking and higher margin requirements. A weaker euro has dragged on the commodities market and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are moving on the news. PowersShares DB US Dollar Bullish Fund (NYSEA...

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  • Silver ETFs Set for 6% Bounce After Big Drop

    05-09-2011 07:32 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking silver jumped in premarket trading Monday and were set to open the week higher after dropping 26% in last week's crash. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV), the largest silver ETF by assets, rose 6% before the bell. Other ETFs that follow si...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Higher on Weak Dollar

    05-04-2011 09:06 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking gold and silver were fractionally higher before Wednesday's opening bell as the dollar continued to weaken against currency rivals. PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) was down 0.5% in premarket, close to its 52-week low ...

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  • Options Traders Position for Moves in Gold, Dollar ETFs

    05-03-2011 06:40 AM by John Spence

    Traders have been using options contracts on a gold exchange traded fund (ETF) to lock in some profits, but they're also positioning to benefit from further gains in the precious metal, according to a report Tuesday. In the $60.7 billion SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), a rec...

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  • Silver ETF Rises 1% After Sell-Off

    05-03-2011 03:44 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up more than 1% before Tuesday's opening bell despite a stronger dollar as the precious metal exchange traded fund (ETF) recovered somewhat after the previous session's drubbing. The $17.2 billion ETF lost nearly 9% on Monday amid t...

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  • Silver ETF Plunges on Bin Laden, Margin Hike

    05-02-2011 03:42 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund (ETF) tracking silver was down more than 5% in preopen trading Monday after the U.S. announced the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and Comex operator CME Group raised margin requirements for silver futures. The iShares Silver Trust ...

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  • Some Commodity ETFs Are Left Behind While Others Shine

    04-30-2011 04:25 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals and oil prices continue to show resilience, but other commodities are lagging behind lately. Could this signal more weakness in commodities exchange traded funds (ETFs)? The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Sugar Total Return Subindex ETN (NYSEArca: SGG) and sugar futures h...

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  • Gold ETF Surges 2% to End Week as Bernanke Speaks

    04-29-2011 11:09 AM by John Spence

    Gold traders seem to like it when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke opens his mouth to speak about the economy. The largest exchange traded fund (ETF) for gold, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), was up 2% in afternoon trading Friday thanks to a late-day spike after Bernank...

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  • Long-Term Gains on Gold, Silver ETFs Taxed at Higher Rate

    04-28-2011 11:20 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) give individuals a handy, liquid way to invest in precious metals such as gold and silver. Yet what may get lost amid the historic rally in metals is that these ETFs can be taxed at a higher rate than funds that invest in stocks. The prospectus for...

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  • Metals ETFs Set for Higher Open as Gold Touches New Record

    04-28-2011 04:35 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) were poised to open higher in the U.S. on Thursday, one day after they rallied as the Federal Reserve signaled it will stick to an easy monetary policy. Gold futures were trading above $1,530 an ounce in morning action to a new record high. SPDR...

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  • Metals Surge After Fed, Bernanke; Silver ETF Rallies 7%

    04-27-2011 01:21 PM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund (ETF) for silver jumped nearly 7% on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised its inflation forecast and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's much-hyped press conference. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose almost 7% in late-day trading afte...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Surge Before Bernanke Speaks

    04-27-2011 10:57 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking gold and silver rallied in afternoon trading Wednesday following the Federal Reserve's statement promising to hold its key interest rate close to zero. The metals ETFs soared as investors awaited the start of a news conference with Fed Cha...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Higher After Fed Statement

    04-27-2011 10:01 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold gold and silver rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it would keep its benchmark interest rate near zero, adding its bond-buying program would end on June 30 as planned. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (...

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  • ‘Speculative Binge’ in Gold, Silver: Bogle

    04-27-2011 07:34 AM by John Spence

    Vanguard doesn't have an exchange traded fund (ETF) for gold or silver, which apparently suits founder John Bogle just fine. "There's a speculative binge going on in gold and certainly in silver," Bogle told Fox Business earlier this week. Precious metals ETFs such as SPDR ...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Quiet Before Fed

    04-27-2011 04:28 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were little changed Wednesday morning as markets awaited the Federal Reserve's announcement on interest rates. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) were flat in premarket trading. They are the tw...

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  • Short Silver, Go Long Gold ETF in Relative Value Play: Analyst

    04-26-2011 03:42 PM by John Spence

    A technical analyst is recommending a so-called relative value strategy that calls for a short position in silver exchange traded funds and a long position in gold ETFs. The recent outperformance of silver against gold has pushed the gold-to-silver price ratio to a multi-decad...

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  • Why are Silver Miner ETFs Lagging Silver Prices?

    04-26-2011 07:44 AM by John Spence

    Silver prices have been in an amazing upward trajectory even though the market corrected Tuesday, but exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in silver miners have been stuck in a range. The disparity is a reminder that ETFs that hold miner stocks don't always trade in lockst...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Set for Lower Open After Rally

    04-26-2011 04:04 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were set for a lower open Tuesday following the previous session's rally as traders positioned for options expiration. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was down 2% in premarket trading Tuesday, while SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEAr...

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  • Gold, Silver Miner ETFs Fall Despite Metals’ Climb

    04-25-2011 12:49 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in gold and silver miner stocks were down more than 2% on Monday despite higher prices for the precious metals. Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL), Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and Market Vectors Junior Gold Mi...

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  • Precious Metals ETFs Surge as Silver Eyes $50 an Ounce

    04-25-2011 03:59 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in precious metals were set to open sharply higher Monday as silver prices jumped more than 6% to almost $50 an ounce. Silver was trading near levels not seen since 1980 when the Hunt brothers tried to corner the market. "Everyone is...

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  • Gold ETFs Rise as Safe Haven, Inflation Hedge

    04-21-2011 10:27 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices seem unstoppable, as they have topped $1,500 an ounce, and fundamental factors are supporting a further rise. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) holding gold are also rallying. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is playing off a weaker U.S. dollar and reinforced inflationa...

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  • Gold ETFs Rise Again on Weaker Dollar

    04-21-2011 04:50 AM by John Spence

    Gold rose above $1,500 an ounce and exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking the metal was set for a higher open Thursday as the dollar continued to weaken. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 0.3% in premarket trade Thursday. "On the basis of everything that is going wron...

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  • Gold Heading Lower in Long Term: Morningstar

    04-20-2011 04:52 AM by John Spence

    The driving forces behind gold's huge rally over the past decade including exchange traded funds (ETFs) are unsustainable and the precious metal's prices are going lower in the long run, investment researcher Morningstar says. "After exhibiting few signs of life during much of...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Rise on Weaker Dollar

    04-20-2011 04:08 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were poised to open higher Wednesday in U.S. trading as the dollar continued to weaken and gold rose above $1,500 an ounce. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) were up fractionally in premarket ...

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  • Gold ETFs Flat as Price Lingers Near $1,500; Dollar Weakens

    04-19-2011 05:21 AM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) were on tap for a flat open Tuesday while prices for the precious metal drifted near $1,500 an ounce. The dollar weakened in premarket action after rising Monday following the U.S. credit-outlook downgrade from Standard & Poor's. SPDR Gold...

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  • Gold ETFs Rise Following S&P Downgrade as Metal Nears $1,500

    04-18-2011 11:26 AM by John Spence

    SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD), the largest exchange traded fund (ETF) for gold, rose to a new record high above $146 a share Monday while prices for the precious metal approached $1,500 an ounce after Standard & Poor's lowered its credit outlook on the U.S. The gold ETF ros...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Rally on U.S. Debt Outlook; Treasuries Fall

    04-18-2011 06:54 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in gold and silver jumped Monday morning after Standard & Poor's cut its outlook on U.S. debt to negative, while Treasury ETFs fell in the wake of the downgrade. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose more than 1% in early tr...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Rise; Investors Eye Inflation Data

    04-15-2011 04:32 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were higher Friday afternoon as markets focused on consumer inflation figures in China and the U.S. Gold futures climbed to a new record while silver prices hit a fresh 31-year high. "Commodities, including gold, will continue to...

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  • Miner ETFs Follow Gold Higher

    04-14-2011 11:03 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund (ETF) that holds small-cap gold miner stocks was up more than 2% Thursday afternoon, tracking the move higher in gold and other metals. Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDXJ) added 2.6% in recent trades. Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEA...

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  • Gold ETF Rises 1%, Within Reach of Record High

    04-14-2011 09:20 AM by John Spence

    SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 1% in midday trading Thursday as the exchange traded fund (ETF) eyed its recent record high. Gold futures touched $1,470 an ounce Thursday while investors digested higher weekly jobless claims, a rise in producer prices and a weaker doll...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs See Outflows

    04-13-2011 05:42 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that give investors exposure to gold and silver saw their bullion holdings decrease Tuesday along with prices for precious metals, according to reports. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) saw its largest one-day outflow in about a month, Reut...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Pull Back From Highs

    04-12-2011 11:40 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were lower Tuesday, falling back from their recent highs even though the U.S. dollar weakened. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) were both down less than 1% in afternoon trading Tuesday follow...

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  • Oil, Gold ETFs Lower as Gaddafi Accepts Peace Plan

    04-11-2011 03:38 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) for gold and oil, which have been rising on turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, were set to open lower Monday following reports Muammar Gaddafi has accepted a peace plan to end the violence in Libya. The plan calls for an immediate ceasefi...

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  • Silver ETF Rises 2% as Gold Tops $1,470/Ounce

    04-08-2011 09:01 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up nearly 2% as metals prices continued their seemingly unstoppable rise Friday. The bullion held by the silver exchange traded fund (ETF) has surged to a record this week with nearly 360 million ounces in its vaults. Silver futures...

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  • Metals ETFs On Tap For More Gains as Silver Tops $40/Ounce

    04-08-2011 03:22 AM by John Spence

    Precious-metals exchange traded funds (ETFs) were set to finish the week strong as gold climbed to a new record high while silver rose above $40 an ounce before Friday's opening bell. Gold was trading above $1,470 an ounce on Friday morning and SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD)...

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  • Gold ETF Logs Another Record High, Nears $143

    04-07-2011 11:49 AM by John Spence

    The $56.6 billion SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) recorded a fresh record high of nearly $143 a share Thursday although the exchange traded fund (ETF) was flat for the session. Gold prices were buoyed by Portugal and sovereign-debt fears but an interest-rate hike by the Europ...

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  • Stock ETFs Finish Higher As Cotton, Base Metals Rise

    04-06-2011 01:19 PM by John Spence

    U.S. stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) closed Wednesday higher as investors awaited corporate earnings season. Equities shrugged off news that Portugal will require assistance from the European Union as its borrowing costs jump. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was up...

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  • Gold ETF Saw $3 Billion Outflow In First Quarter

    04-06-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Precious-metals prices are surging, but investors pulled about $3 billion from the largest gold exchange traded fund (ETF) in the first quarter, research shows. Overall, flows into ETFs were steady in the first quarter despite the ups and downs of market sentiment. For the ...

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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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  • Oil, Metals And Corn Lead Commodity ETF Rally

    04-06-2011 05:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) are enjoying a run as investors position for inflation and with Portugal's recent downgrade and poor bond auction stoking sovereign-debt fears. Reuters reports that gold jumped to an all-time high above $1,450 an ounce on Tuesday, giving ...

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  • Stock, Gold ETFs Eye Higher Open

    04-06-2011 04:33 AM by John Spence

    Stock exchange traded funds were set for a higher open Wednesday while gold ETFs were also on track to climb as the precious metal's price rose to a new record. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was up 0.6% in premarket trading. The largest gold ETF, SPDR Gold Shares (N...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Sparkle As Metals Hit Fresh Highs

    04-05-2011 11:31 AM by John Spence

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were up more than 1% Tuesday afternoon as silver prices set a fresh multi-decade high and gold notched new records. Prices rose as high as $1,455.50 an ounce, an intraday record for gold, MarketWatch reported. Meanwhile, iShares ...

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  • State Street Files For Active ETFs: Will They Take The Lead?

    04-05-2011 08:36 AM by Tom Lydon

    State Street has filed to launch actively managed exchange traded funds (ETFs), another sign of interest in this sector of the market. The Boston-based provider has filed to register six ETFs that are actively managed. Oliver Ludwig for Index Universe reports that the funds co...

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  • Sprott Physical Gold Trust Announces Follow-On Offering

    04-04-2011 04:25 PM by John Spence

    Sprott Physical Gold Trust (NYSEArca: PHYS) after Monday's closing bell said it has launched a follow-on offering of up to $340 million. The net proceeds from the offering will be used to acquire physical gold bullion, according to a press release. Sprott Physical Gold Trus...

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  • Silver ETF Leads Monday’s Precious-Metals Rally

    04-04-2011 05:33 AM by John Spence

    The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) jumped nearly 2% in early action Monday with silver prices setting a fresh 31-year high. Silver was trading north of $38 an ounce, driving the gold/silver ratio to another low since 1983. Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been...

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  • Jobs Report Boosts Stocks As Gold ETFs Weaken

    04-01-2011 06:17 AM by John Spence

    Friday's better-than-expected March employment report provided a tailwind for U.S. stocks while gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) moved lower on the second quarter's first day of trading. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 216,000 in March, the Labor Department said. SPDR S&P 500...

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  • ETFs End Flat As Traders Await Payroll Data

    03-31-2011 02:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) closed flat on Thursday as a modest reading on jobless claims failed to topple upbeat expectations about Friday's U.S. payrolls report for March as the quarter quietly draws to a close. The price of oil rose to a 30-month high on Thursday as fight...

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  • Silver ETFs Outshine Gold

    03-31-2011 05:33 AM by John Spence

    Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been outshining gold lately as the precious metals' price ratio has fallen to the lowest level in 27 years, according to an industry report. The gold-to-silver price ratio has dropped below 40 to its lowest reading since the 1980s. "...

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  • Gold ETFs: To Invest, Or Not?

    03-31-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The recent high for gold prices has not brought record  interest in gold, and the rollover from the April contract to the June one underway will add to the market's volatility. The case for owning gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) in a portfolio as a safe haven, a hedge, or a div...

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  • VIX Indexes Branch Out To Select ETFs

    03-29-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The latest method to measure portfolio risk and get a feel for what's going on in the stock market is with specific exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Chicago Board Options Exchange is launching volatility indexes, says John Spence of MarketWatch, based on the VIX, or CBOE Volatil...

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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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  • Economic Growth, Earnings Push ETFs Higher

    03-25-2011 02:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) ended higher Friday after the government said the economy grew at a faster pace than expected at the end of last year. Also, investors were able to set aside a long list of worries including high oil prices, problems with Japan's nuclear reactors and ...

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  • Will The Luck 'O The Irish Trickle Down Into ETFs?

    03-17-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Will the luck of the Irish trickle down into exchange traded funds (ETFs) on St. Patrick's Day? The Ireland fund iShares MSCI Ireland (NYSEArca: EIRL) hasn't seen many leprechauns lately, as its performance has remained lackluster at best. The sector of the market that is foun...

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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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  • ETFs Options for Volatile Times

    02-26-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The problems in the Middle East have riled the markets, and anxious investors have been rushing into safer bets. While safe-have investments continue to draw attention, there are other exchange traded fund (ETFs) options that could be used to capitalize on the situation. Libya...

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  • Market Volatility Sends Investors to Safe-Haven ETFs

    02-25-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As uprisings, social unrest and market volatility grip the Middle East region, anxious investors are turning to exchange traded funds (ETFs) that offer a little more safety in these troubled times. Gold. Volatility in the Middle East helped push gold futures toward new records...

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  • Gold ETFs Show Their Safe-Haven Mettle

    02-22-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Some investors were caught by surprise when gold prices stepped back from their highs, but today's moves shows that gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) still have appeal. John Spence for MarketWatch reports that major gold ETFs are seeing net redemptions of around $2.5 billion ...

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  • Points On Metals ETF Investing, From a Pro

    02-22-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Securities is a fast-growing provider of specialized metals exchange traded funds (ETFs), so when the company proffers its thoughts on the metals market, investors tend to sit up and listen closely. Olivier Ludwig for Index Universe recently sat down for a chat with ETFS C...

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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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  • Inflation Fears Weigh On ETFs

    02-18-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) turned flat on Friday as investors reacted to fresh monetary tightening in China ahead of an eagerly-awaited Group of 20 finance meeting in Paris. After high-profile pledges to shake up the world monetary system and address the roots of the financ...

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  • Gold ETFs: Three Metals Doing Better

    02-15-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last year, gold was the hot topic investors couldn't stop talking about. And then, gold's rally petered out. Should you hold your breath waiting for a comeback or look at other exchange traded funds (ETFs) that may do you better? People are having a hard time letting go. Even ...

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  • The Secret to ETF Success

    02-10-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    One investor sank a chunk of his wealth into gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) and made a cool $5 billion when prices soared in 2010. Can you replicate the feat? Well... Filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) show that billionaire John Paulson's hedge funds ...

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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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  • ETFs React to Mixed Jobs Data

    02-04-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) got a slight boost at the market's open as unemployment figures dropped, but were the results enough to power the markets much higher than that? U.S. unemployment declined to 9% in January and the economy added 36,000 jobs - way below f...

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  • Egypt Protests Send VIX ETFs Soaring

    01-28-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold, silver, oil and VIX exchange traded funds (ETFs) went flying today as protests in Egypt grew more intense. ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures (NYSEArca: VIXY) rose a whopping 8.2% as the Egyptian government deployed tanks to break up protests, increasing investor jitters a...

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  • Report: Investors Pulled Back from Gold ETFs in 2010

    01-27-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although inflows into gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) were down last year, they weren't that low. After all, 2010 turned out to be one of the most prosperous years on record for the metal. According to the World Gold Council's most recent report, inflows into gold ETFs last ...

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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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  • Gold ETFs Sliding; Now What?

    01-14-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Ever since gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) hit highs last month, it's been choppy going. With today's tanking prices, you might be asking yourself whether it's time to sell. In the absence of economic news that sends investors running for the hills, gold is struggling to han...

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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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  • 10 ETFs to Play Byron Wien's 2011 Predictions

    01-05-2011 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A well-known economic prognosticator has issued his 10 predictions for the New Year. If they come to fruition, you'll want these exchange traded funds (ETFs) on your radar to capitalize. Gregory White for Business Insider reports that Byron Wien, Vice Chairman of Blackstone Ad...

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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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  • Commodity ETFs: Are They Too Popular?

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

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have granted millions of ordinary investors entree into some of the most esoteric asset classes. A case in point: commodities. The regulators are once again taking notice. If you haven't noticed, commodity prices are quick approaching stratosphere ...

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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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  • Commodity ETFs That Are Beating Gold

    11-01-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    We have all heard about how gold is hitting record highs, but other commodities, along with their exchange traded funds (ETFs), are posting higher gains so far this year. Year-to-date, gold is up 21.91% while coffee is up 48.29%, silver is up 42.14% and corn is up 28.93%, acco...

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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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  • Good Jobs Report Mixes Up ETFs

    10-28-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are rising in early trading as the continued slew of reported third-quarter earning and profit results have generally been positive. Topping the morning economic news is the encouraging weekly U.S. jobless claims data. The U.S. labor department rep...

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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 ETF Mania: Time to Stick a Fork In It?

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

    When your cab driver starts giving you tips, it's a sure sign that a market has become overheated. Have gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) reached that point? Everybody knows that when the ordinary public get into a boom, the smart money gets out, says Brett Arends for The Wall...

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  • Commodity ETFs Lead Charge Early

    10-08-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Bad news about the nation's unemployment rate sent investors to commodities, which pushed agriculture and metal exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher in the early minutes of trading. According to the ETF Dashboard, the top-moving funds this morning are agriculture-focused, led b...

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  • Get Ready for Onslaught of Physical Metal ETFs

    10-07-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    One look at gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) will tell you this much: investors love their physically-backed metal funds. If certain providers have their way, there could be a lot more to love soon. Now that precious metal ETFs have been covered by such funds as SPDR Gold Sha...

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  • ETF Industry Soars to Record in September

    10-06-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite some fund closures, the exchange traded fund (ETF) industry managed to continue expanding through the month of September. ETF and exchange traded note (ETN) assets surpassed $900 billion in September, a brand-new record. There are also more funds out there than ever: t...

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  • Gold ETFs Look for Next Move

    10-05-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although physically-backed gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are raking in assets and making gains left and right, many are beginning to wonder where the top is for this metal's meteoric rise. Last week, gold hit its 10th record high in the past 12 trading days, rising above ...

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  • U.S. Dollar Trips, Gold ETFs Make Gains

    09-29-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    More trouble could be in store for the ailing U.S. dollar exchange traded fund (ETF). Investors are increasingly believing that the Fed will step in with quantitative easing measures to support the economy, pressuring the greenback down. The dollar gave up minor ground to the ...

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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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  • ETFs Flat On Consumer Sentiment

    09-17-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Consumers are feeling more gloomy than they have in a year these days. But in early trading at least, exchange traded funds (ETFs) are powering through it. The weakness of the American consumer has once again sent investors fleeing to overseas funds, such as Market Vectors Egy...

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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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  • Inflation or Deflation? ETFs That Have You Covered

    09-15-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    We're all waiting to hear what it'll be: inflation or deflation. Either way, there are exchange traded funds (ETFs) to help tame either condition. Some are calling for deflation, while other analysts are calling for inflation. Either way, you should pick a position and cater y...

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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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  • Gold ETF Soars to Record Highs

    09-08-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A slowing economic recovery, falling equities, trouble in Europe and a general feeling of concern pervading the markets have converged to send investors rushing to the safe-haven of gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). Gold prices are responding in kind. Gold traded near a recor...

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  • ETFs Move Ahead of Obama's Proposals

    09-08-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    A successful bond auction in Portugal and the heady anticipation of President Obama's job-stimulus proposals has exchange traded funds (ETFs) moving in a positive direction early this morning. The ETF Dashboard shows that the majority of ETFs moving higher today are internatio...

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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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  • Hedge Funds Buying Gold ETFs; Should You?

    08-22-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Hedge fund managers are using the world's largest gold exchange traded fund (ETF) to get their gold exposure, and they've got some pretty big stakes in the fund. Eton Park Capital Management LP earlier this week showed it had joined a list of hedge funds that are buying shares...

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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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  • June Gloom Hits ETF Assets, Though a Record Is Set

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

    Market volatility and economic recovery concerns continued to weigh down on the broader exchange traded fund (ETF) industry, though several asset classes and individual funds saw impressive growth. ETF industry assets closed out the month totaling $788 billion, according to th...

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  • ETFs to Hedge a Falling Dollar

    07-07-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The dollar might be enjoying some heady days right now - PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Bullish (NYSEArca: UUP) is up 6.2% year-to-date - it may not last forever. Here are a few exchange traded fund (ETF) strategies to cope if weakness presents itself. Although the U.S. dollar loo...

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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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  • Top 6 ETFs of the Second Quarter

    07-01-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Economic uncertainty, lingering debt problems in Europe, tepid employment numbers and high volatility are just some of the reasons why the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have see-sawed in the part quarter. Still, investors found some safe havens and heavily traded in tw...

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  • Gold ETF Surges to a New Milestone

    06-30-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Not everyone is getting hurt in the market's volatility. In fact, the world's largest gold exchange traded fund (ETF) is marking a major milestone as a result of it. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the ETF backed by physical bullion, recently surpassed $50 billion in assets....

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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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  • A Gold-Hedge ETN or the 'Do-It-Yourself' ETF Method?

    06-21-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Every exchange traded fund (ETF) has its own characteristic that makes it work the way it does, and it is important for investors to be aware of these inner workings. The recently introduced gold-hedge exchange traded note (ETN) may have its own unique theme, but it's simple enou...

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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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  • ETFs Waver on 'Quadruple Witching' Day

    06-18-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Today marks "quadruple witching" - the simultaneous expiration of four types of options and futures contracts. Quadruple witching days are often marked by volatility in stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Although the euro is weaker against the dollar today, the currency...

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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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  • 7 Commodity ETFs You Should Know More About

    06-15-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It wasn't too long ago that the average retail investor wouldn't have thought of investing in commodities. These days, commodity investing is easier than ever, thanks to the advent of commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs). Before ETFs, traders would buy and sell futures contr...

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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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  • Safe-Haven and Bear ETFs Lead Asset Grab in May

    06-04-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A host of events that conspired to spook investors in May, from a "flash crash" to debt woes in Europe and the threat of war between North and South Korea. While millions of investors took comfort in exchange traded funds (ETFs) that cover safe-haven asset classes, it wasn't enou...

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  • ETF Plays for Both Inflation and Deflation

    05-27-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets are so crossed up right now many investors don't know what angle to play. Inflation was the prevailing concern, but now indicators are signaling potential deflation. Whatever eventually happens, exchange traded funds (ETFs) will be there to help you play it. As rec...

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  • Durable Good Report Gives ETFs an Early Lift

    05-26-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are on the rise this morning after an upbeat durable goods report has inspired investors in early trading. Now the question is, will it sustain through the day? The April Durable Goods Report was a positive one. New factory orders for du...

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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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  • ETFS: Trading in Commodity ETFs Hits All-Time High

    05-24-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets are still feeling the fear of a contagion effect from Europe's debt problems. It has sent gold prices to new records and trading in exchange traded commodities (ETCs) to all-time highs. It's a full-on trading frenzy. Market fears have pushed gold to record prices t...

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  • 5 ETFs to Watch In Topsy-Turvy Markets

    05-21-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets have gone all topsy-turvy in the last several days, sending many exchange traded funds (ETFs) south and well below their long-term trend lines. But there are still ETFs above their 200-day moving averages that can serve as safe havens in these uncertain times. Gol...

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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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  • ETFs That Could Benefit as BRICs Get Stronger

    05-17-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Last year, leaders from Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) floated the idea of conducting trade without relying on the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency. At the group's second summit in Brazil last month, BRIC countries voiced the need for big changes that could add to the st...

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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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  • ETFs Continue Climb As Trade Deficit Widens

    05-12-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Chalk it up to be another sign of a recovering U.S. economy. The trade deficit widened last month, giving support to today's rally in stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) after yesterday's pause. The International Trade Report released early Wednesday showed the March trad...

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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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  • 3 ETFs That May Feel Higher Interest Rates

    05-02-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Central banks in developing countries are beginning to raise interest rates to curb inflation. It's only a matter of time before interest rates in the United States are raised as well. How will that affect exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Depending on the fund, higher rates will spe...

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  • ETFs Feeling the Pinch From the Greek Crisis

    04-28-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If you're spooked by the recent downgrades of sovereign debt ratings on Greece and Portugal, you're not alone. Investors pushed the broader market down about 2% after news of the cut. Naturally, exchange traded funds (ETFs) all across the board reflected similar sentiment. On ...

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  • 4 Ways That Platinum ETFs Could Outshine Gold

    04-12-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The launch of ETF Securities' platinum exchange traded fund (ETF) earlier this year has proved to be an irresistible lure for investors looking for precious metals exposure. Will it leave gold in the dust? Some say so. Here's why. The demand base for platinum is higher than i...

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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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  • Are Platinum ETFs Putting a Chink in Gold's Armor?

    03-29-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) were all the rage...until physically-backed platinum ETFs came along. Many investors are now considering whether it makes more sense to use platinum in their portfolios the way gold has historically been used. Does platinum make more sense tha...

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  • Foreclosure Plan and GDP Numbers Give ETFs a Leg Up

    03-26-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    To the relief of many, the Obama administration has unveiled a plan to reduce the number of foreclosures after months of criticism. Meanwhile, fourth quarter GDP numbers were once again revised and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are heading higher. Banks and President Barack Ob...

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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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  • The Ins and Outs of Physically Backed Commodity ETFs

    03-15-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) have attracted a rabid investor following in a relatively short period of time. To play in the commodity sandbox before ETFs came along, you needed risk tolerance and capital. Today, you just need desire. Last week, we discussed physical...

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  • Oscar Night: An ETF Opportunity?

    03-06-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Have you filled out your ballot yet? Whether you've marked "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker" as your pick for best picture, one thing is certain: a lot of gold is going to be given out and millions around the world will be watching. There's got to be and exchange traded fund (ETF) pla...

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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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  • Hedge Inflation's Threat with These ETFs

    02-26-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Cries of "Inflation is coming! Inflation is coming!" hearken back Paul Revere's famous midnight ride. But few can agree on exactly when it's coming. Get on your guard by knowing what exchange traded funds (ETFs) will help protect you, whether it's tomorrow or six months from now....

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  • Gold, Silver, Copper ETFs: Play the Olympic Medals

    02-22-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The cost of various metals has risen so much that the Vancouver Olympic's gold medals are the highest they've been in recent years. One thing that doesn't change: it's easier to get metals exposure in exchange traded funds (ETFs) instead. This year's Olympic medals are some of...

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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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  • Indicators, Jobs Reports Mixed; Stocks and ETFs Follow Suit

    02-18-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Producer price levels have been affected by higher energy costs, and the latest U.S. jobs report is still on the bleak side. Despite the mixed reports, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are managing to eke out gains this morning. Wholesale price  levels are on the rise,...

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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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  • China's Buying Spree: A Boon for Commodity ETFs?

    02-10-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    China's lust for raw materials seems rather insatiable these days as the country buys and invests in them at every opportunity. But the increased demand for raw materials may be a boon for commodities-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). China Investment Corp., the country's ...

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  • Are Regulators Gearing Up to Examine Precious Metals ETFs?

    02-09-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking precious metals such as platinum and palladium have garnered so much in assets that could eventually attract the regulating eye of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The glowing success of the new precious metals tracking ET...

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  • Consumers, Manufacturing and Incomes Lift Markets

    02-01-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The month of February has opened on a high note as stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) after reports showed that the manufacturing sector accelerated last month while personal incomes and consumer spending rose. Finally, a big batch of good news to kick off the new month:...

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  • Coping Strategies for These 4 Possible ETF Bubbles

    01-29-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investment bubbles have been a fact of life for centuries, and the 21st century is no different. There are potential bubbles forming in several areas, and exchange traded fund (ETF) investors need to be on the alert and ready with a coping strategy. Gold, oil, stocks and gove...

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  • 16 ETFs to Play Obama's State of the Union Speech

    01-28-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    President Barack Obama addressed some of the major issues facing our economy today and expressed his desire to work toward resolving them. Here are a few exchange traded funds (ETFs) that could be opportunities as the nation's problems remain in the spotlight. Health Care. The...

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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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  • Platinum and Palladium ETFs: Dare They Outshine Gold?

    01-19-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    This year, platinum and palladium-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) are expected to get a boost from both investment and industrial demand improvements. That's great for those metals, but what does it mean for gold? Analysts expect both platinum and palladium to have a stel...

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  • How Precious Metal ETFs Have Changed Investing

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

    The rules of supply and demand are the  biggest factor in determining the price of a commodity. That said, the introduction of precious metal exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be just the beginning of big changes. Jeffrey Lewis for GoldSeek has reasons why the metals craze i...

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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 ETF: Sorting Fact from Fiction

    01-06-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When anything gets insanely popular, the adoration often soon gives way to skepticism, criticism and scrutiny. State Street's gold exchange traded fund (ETF) is no exception to this rule. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has become the world's second-largest ETF and sixth-larg...

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  • Mixed News on Factories, Home Sales Send ETFs Lower

    01-05-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) were a sent slightly lower this morning after mixed reports on the U.S. economy. Factory orders for December were up, however pending home sales in November plunged.  U.S. factory orders rose a more than forecast 1.1% in November, led by...

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  • Looking Back: 2009's Standout ETF Sectors

    12-30-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Another year is just about gone. It's been a year marked mostly by recovery, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have made a good turnaround from the events of 2008. In a year of growth, which sectors and ETFs were among the standouts? This year's markets were topped by emerging ...

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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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  • Gold, U.S. Dollar, the Fed In 2010: Where ETFs Fit In

    12-21-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's been a wild ride in 2009, especially for gold prices, the U.S. dollar and interest rates. Have the events of this year rendered any clues for exchange traded fund (ETF) investors about what to expect in 2010? It was a down year for the U.S. dollar. As economic conditions...

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  • Stocks, ETFs Pushed Higher by Health Care Sector

    12-21-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The health care sector led U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher this morning, helped by a Senate vote on health care reform and merger activity in the drug sector. There was more M&A activity in the pharmaceutical sector this morning as French drug firm San...

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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, Oil, Copper ETFs Soar as Dollar Bulls Emerge

    12-16-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It was only a few weeks ago that the U.S. dollar was hitting 15-month lows. Now, for the first time since March, the dollar bulls are out in force and giving a boost to gold, oil and copper exchange traded funds (ETFs). Investors are putting their bets on the recovery of the ...

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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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  • ETF Winners and Losers When the U.S. Dollar Is Weak

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

    The U.S. dollar is steadily dropping. Yet, value can be found in certain areas of the market and exchange trade funds (ETFs). Who wins and who loses when the dollar drops off? The dollar's value relative to other world currencies has depreciated by a third since 2002, accordin...

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  • How to Spot and Avoid ETF Bubbles

    12-10-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Bubbles are those pesky things that form when the interest in an area of the market takes on a life of its own, often leading to soaring performance in exchange traded funds (ETFs) and stocks. While bubbles can be dangerous, it's easy to protect yourself from the effects. We'...

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  • What's Next for Gold ETFs As Prices Dip

    12-07-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have been on a seemingly unstoppable run in the last few months, but it suddenly seems to be on pause. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) can give you the opportunity to capitalize, no matter what gold's next move happens to be. Gold's decline today is part of a ripple ...

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  • New Records for Gold Has ETFs Soaring

    12-03-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As gold continues to climb up the markets, is there ever an apex in which the precious metal simply can't get any higher? Are exchange traded funds (ETFs) subject to this as well? Gold is seemingly unstoppable, today hitting records of $1,227 an ounce. The metal continues to ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Pending Home Sales Lift ETFs

    12-01-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The October pending home sales report notched its ninth consecutive gain, giving stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) a nice boost on the first trading day of December. Pending home sales rose 3.7% in October as more homebuyers took advantage of tax credits that originally...

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  • November ETF Performance Report

    11-30-2009 01:57 PM by Tom Lydon

    November was a mostly positive month for the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). All told, all of the major indexes finished out the month in positive territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 6.5% in November. The S&P 500 rose 5.7% and the Nasdaq added 4.9...

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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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  • ETFs to Take Shelter from a Depreciating Dollar

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

    This year hasn't been good for the U.S. dollar. But a depreciating dollar does provide opportunities and an investor may capitalize on the benefits with some choice exchange traded funds (ETFs). In the past eight months, the U.S. Dollar Index, a measure of the dollar against a...

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  • Midday Market Update: Gold Lifted, Dollar Weaker After Housing Report

    11-23-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A glowing report on home sales for the month of October sent stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) soaring this morning. It also started the week off on the right foot, renewing optimism about the economy's overall direction. Home sales from September to October jumped a wh...

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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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  • Midday Market Update: Consumer Prices Up While Housing Numbers Down

    11-18-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have been in negative territory from the opening bell this morning on the back of higher inflation at the consumer level and weak numbers on housing. Equities slid on Wednesday morning as an unexpected drop in home construction raised c...

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  • Midday Market Update: Dow Hits a Yearly High

    11-09-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are being cheered this morning after the Dow Jones Industrial Average soared to hits highest level in a year. Materials and financials are surging, while gold is also touching on new highs. The markets were mainly lifted by a pledge fro...

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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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  • Midday Market Update: Grim Unemployment Numbers

    11-06-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Unemployment in the United States shot up to 10.2%. It's not only the highest rate in 26 years, but it's the first time unemployment has topped 10% in as much time. Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are trading in a narrow range as a result of the news. The 10.2% unempl...

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  • How to Play the Fed's Decision With ETFs

    11-04-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Federal Reserve's policymakers have been meeting this week to discuss the Fed's monetary policy and the economy's rate of recovery. Interest rates will remain unchanged. There are ways to capitalize on the decision with exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Central Bank will k...

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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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  • Precious Metals ETFs: One Way to Hedge Weak Dollar

    11-01-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although the U.S. dollar has lost strength and may get weaker still if another stimulus package is unleashed, there are ways to protect your purchasing power by using exchange traded funds (ETFs). The efforts of the U.S. government to salvage the economy has led to a deflatio...

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  • October ETF Performance Report

    10-30-2009 12:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    October was largely a mixed month for stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs), marked by both encouraging high points and gloomy low ones. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finally crossed a milestone 10,000 points this month. Though the mark was greeted with cheers on the tra...

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  • 3 Commodity ETFs That Could Be Poised to Bounce

    10-30-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities are all the rage right now, to the point where there's been talk of a bubble. But some feel that not only is there no bubble, but that commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) are poised to move even higher. As the commodity market sets up to appeal to investors, th...

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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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  • Gold ETFs Shine, But Silver Is Blinding

    10-22-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the dollar remains weak and inflationary worries storm into investors heads, gold and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) remain a hot ticket. That doesn't mean you should discount other precious metals, though. It's not just a weak dollar and inflationary concerns that are d...

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  • As the Dollar Weakens, There Are ETFs to Shelter You

    10-21-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A weaker U.S. dollar and fears of inflation have been beneficial to various exchange traded funds (ETFs). According to John Spence for The Wall Street Journal, industrywide, ETF assets have topped $750 billion  with year-to-date inflows of nearly $56.3 billion.  A large port...

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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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  • ETF Industry Busts Records in Third Quarter

    10-20-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The third quarter of 2009 has been another hit for the exchange traded fund (ETF) industry. ETFs have benefited from a rebound in the stock market, pushing assets to new records both domestically and globally. ETFs have seen assets rise for the third quarter to an industry tot...

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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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  • Midday Market Update: Stocks, ETFs Slip Following Earnings

    10-13-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) went negative after some early earnings reports left investors feeling a little cold. Many on Wall Street sought solace in gold, which has hit a new record high. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), which makes Band-Aids and the Acuvue bra...

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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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  • How to Protect Your Gains In the ETF and Market Rally

    10-08-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    So, you took some positions in exchange traded funds (ETFs) when the S&P 500 moved above its 200-day moving average, and perhaps you've made some gains. How can you go about protect your profits? While investors aren't heading for the exits, talk of a potential correction ...

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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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  • Midday Market Update: Gold Surges, Earnings Season Kicks Off

    10-07-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Earnings season kicks off today. Despite a few better-than-expected early reports, Wall Street appears to be putting its two-day rally on pause while more earnings reports are awaited. Alcoa Aluminum (NYSE: AA) is the first of the 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Ave...

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  • 5 ETF Themes Investors Can Consider

    10-06-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Every exchange traded fund (ETF) investor has at least a few of their favorite, go-to funds. It's also worthwhile at times to periodically check out the favorites of others  to expand your horizons and get new ideas. According to Don Dion for The Globe and Mail, he's chosen hi...

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  • Midday Market Update: Gold, Oil ETFs Get a Push from the Greenback

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

    The market is continuing its rally this morning as more signs emerge that the global economy is taking steps toward a recovery. A weakening U.S. dollar is also giving support to commodities prices. The weaker dollar is giving oil prices a lift. The commodity has surged above $...

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  • How Times Are Changing for Commodity ETFs

    10-05-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The scramble for commodity-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) is in full swing. Precious metal ETFs are enticing investors as a way to hedge against possible dollar and inflationary worries, but the CFTC could change how these funds look in the coming months. In the short-te...

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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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  • What the Fed Meeting Could Mean for Gold and Oil ETFs

    09-22-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve kicks off today behind closed doors so officials can discuss the state of the economy. The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are poised in wait until Wednesday, when an announcement will be made. The Federal Reserve Officials a...

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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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  • Why Stocks, Treasuries and Gold ETFs Are Moving In Tandem

    09-14-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As money is shifted around in the markets, asset classes of varying types are being pushed to new heights. This has created an unusual situation in which stocks, Treasuries and gold-related exchanged traded funds (ETFs) are moving higher in tandem. During the credit collapse, ...

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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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  • Midday Market Update: Mergers Enliven Wall Street

    09-08-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) started the week off in positive territory, following the lead of markets around the world as merger news raised investors' optimism on an economic recovery. Foodmaker Kraft (NYSE: KFT) offered a bid for Britain's Cadbury, which include...

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  • Midday Market Update: Employment Data Lifts Markets

    09-04-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A mixed report on job cuts and employment numbers sent stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher in morning trading. U.S. employers cut a fewer-than-expected 216,000 jobs in August, confirming that the pace of layoffs is easing.  In fact, the labor force as a whole incre...

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  • How to Construct an ETF Portfolio Using a Guru's Concept

    09-03-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As many investors reevaluate their portfolios and start to actively take control of their investments, some are curious about just how to use exchange traded funds (ETFs) to construct a diversified and well-balanced portfolio. Although there are various ways to diversify, Ro...

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  • Reasons Why Gold ETFs Are On a Rush

    09-03-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices are on the climb again toward that all-important psychological barrier of $1,000 per ounce. Fears of inflation and market uncertainty could continue to push exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher. The latest run-up in gold prices has two factors: The concerns over...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Lifted On Economic News

    09-03-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) opened the morning relatively flat as positive news regarding unemployment numbers canceled out the effects of a mixed retail report. The International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs reported that sales at established st...

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  • ETF Spotlight: SPDR Gold Shares (GLD)

    09-02-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), part of a weekly series. Assets: $33 billion Holdings GLD holds gold bullion, which is kept in the form of London Good Delivery bars (400 oz.) and held by the custodian (HSBC Bank USA) in its London vaults. Some of the gold also ...

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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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  • How ETF Trading Volume Shines a Light on Trends

    08-21-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a useful tool for investing and investors agree. Over the past couple of years trading volumes in the various ETFs have shot up. Let's take a look at which ETFs investors crave the most. ETF trading volume jumped from $142 billion in 2004 to $3...

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  • What the Biggest ETF Movers Say About Investors

    08-20-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Sings of a recovery are looming on the global horizon, and the numbers are evident in exchange traded funds (ETFs) from domestic and foreign markets, bonds, currencies and commodities. Many ETFs have been trending higher in recent weeks, says Gary Gordon for ETF Expert. The ...

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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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  • How to Use ETFs to Fight Inflation

    08-10-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in an uptrend, the U.S. Treasury continues to print money and unleash it on the financial system to keep the economy afloat, but what are the consequences? The major consequence is inflation.  The likelihood that the governm...

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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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  • Is the Gold ETF a Better Deal Than Holding the Metal?

    07-23-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    There are a number of ways to invest in gold, and it's worth considering what works best for you: holding the metal physically or holding it in an exchange traded fund (ETF). Some facts about owning physical gold: You have to know where to store it, writes Julian Murdoch f...

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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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  • 2009: The Coming Out Year for Gold ETFs

    07-09-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A gold exchange traded fund (ETF) investment can be one of the most conservative ways to provide a safe haven, especially during times of inflation. Analysts and financial advisors are predicting a substantial rise in gold prices over the next few years. With the prospect of ...

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  • 5 Ways ETF Investors Can Offset Emerging Market Risk

    07-02-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Growth prospects can be found in emerging markets, yet the investment in related shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs) also come with risk. Long-term investors who buy-and-hold must take a better diversified approach to this sector to protect their portfolios in the long run. ...

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  • Reasons Gold and Silver Could Be Scorching This Summer

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

    Traditionally, summer months are weak for precious metals and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track them, but why might this summer be different? Przemyslaw Radomski of Sunsine Profits, in an article appearing on Minyanville, gives the following reasons why gold and silv...

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  • Despite Lower Prices, Gold and Silver ETFs Stay Appealing

    06-29-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The demand for precious metals is still healthy among investors, especially with exchange traded funds (ETFs). Both related ETFs have had record highs this month alone. In June, both silver and gold consolidated, however, this has not hindered the popularity of either of the ...

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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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  • Are Gold ETFs Trapped In a Bubble?

    06-12-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are once again surging in popularity, which leads to the inevitable question: is this a bubble? Gold is extremely popular right now as an investment, thanks to its inherent haven-like qualities and its ability to move opposite ...

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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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  • Jim Rogers: Commodities, ETFs Are the Solution

    06-08-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) rally from lows seen earlier this year, many experts have thoughts on what's next. Jim Rogers weighs in with some food for thought about commodities and currencies. In an interview with the Economic Times, global investor Jim Ro...

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  • How To Use ETFs To Diversify Away From The Dollar

    05-29-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the U.S. dollar depreciates because of  increased government spending, investors may turn to exchange traded funds (ETFs) to defend their wealth. Here's how. The U.S. dollar is under attack and there are several factors that are eating away at the dollar's strength, remarks...

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  • Is Gold ETF Set for Another Spike As Inflation Fears Rise?

    05-14-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold investment in bullion and exchange traded funds (ETFs) has remained strong through the market turmoil. Now some wonder whether the metal could once again test the $1,000 mark.Could it be possible that gold prices are pushing the $1000 mark yet again? Current prices are arou...

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  • How to Prepare for Inflation With ETFs

    04-28-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    While we are not seeing too much inflation now, the specter of inflation could be looming over us again at some point, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are good investment tools to protect oneself. With the consumer price index dropping 0.4% in the past 12 months as of March, ...

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  • What's the Difference Between Gold and Gold Mining ETFs?

    04-24-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Just because you hold gold or precious metals in your exchange traded fund (ETF) portfolio does not mean that you have exposure to the actual metal or mining shares, which are two completely different investments. Owning physical bullion is the lowest-risk way to invest in pr...

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  • Why You Should Keep An Eye on Gold ETFs

    04-21-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are continuing to appeal to investors, and this attraction appears to be growing as we get deeper into earnings season and more economic numbers are poised to be released. What's the connection? As of Tuesday, gold is up because of a light sp...

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  • Which ETF Sectors Grabbed Cash in March?

    04-09-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Money in the markets shifts around constantly, and March was no exception. Which sectors and exchange traded funds (ETFs) grabbed the most cash? In March, U.S. ETFs showed net inflows of $8 billion, most of which went into commodities, fixed income and emerging markets, writes...

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  • 8 Reasons ETF Investors Go for the Gold

    04-09-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    People have been holding gold for ages. Why, after centuries, do exchange traded fund (ETF) investors still find gold attractive today? Gold is a valuable component of an investment portfolio, writes Tony Daltorio for Investopedia. It has been shown that gold has held its valu...

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  • 5 Areas That Could Help Balance An ETF Portfolio

    04-08-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Well-rounded portfolios should have some variety. So what are some ways exchange traded funds (ETFs) can help? While investors should always meticulously research a stock, ETFs do allow an individual to hedge his or her market position and give some balance to a portfolio, rem...

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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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  • Our Favorite ETF Stories in the Media This Week

    03-29-2009 04:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While we're writing stories, we're also taking notice of well-written and informative articles about exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the broader economy that we see elsewhere. Here are our five favorite stories for the week of March 23: Where Does the Gold ETF Get Its Gold? ...

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  • Where Does the Gold ETF Get Its Gold?

    03-27-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There's been a lot of talk lately about the largest gold exchange traded fund (ETF), and most of the talk hasn't been so positive. Some of it has gone so far as to claim that it's "defrauding" investors because it can't have the gold it says it does. Read on, and we'll tell you w...

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  • How ETFs and ETNs Are Taxed

    03-19-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    April 15th is right around the corner and many of us are biting are nails trying to figure out just exactly how our exchange traded notes (ETNs) and exchange traded funds (ETFs) will be taxed. It is actually fairly simple.  For those of us who own ETNs, they are only taxed upon...

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  • Who's Responsible for the Big Moves in the Gold ETF?

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

    Many investors are worried about the state of our markets and world economies, but the traditionalists are adhering to the time-honored, old-fashioned stores of value found in gold, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs). After governments threw heaps of money at the ...

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  • What's Next for Gold ETFs?

    03-06-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices have succumbed to the overall effects of an ailing economy and investors seem to follow the trend of shorting gold and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). On Friday, gold futures closed slightly higher on flight-to-safety buying, reversing an eight-day losing str...

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  • Watch Out for These ETF Rally Killers

    03-06-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the stock market has proved that there is much recovery time needed until things start operating within normal parameters, the exchange traded fund (ETF) rallies that occur every so can be discouraging when they peter out. There are certain ways that ETF investors can benef...

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  • 17 ETFs In the Billion Dollar Club

    03-03-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    One of the defining attributes of exchange traded funds (ETFs) is their high liquidity, but which of them are among the most liquid of all? Investors have a cornucopia of ETFs to choose from with 843 exchange-traded products currently available, writes Ron Rowland for Seeking ...

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  • 5 Facts About the Gold ETF

    02-27-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Assets in the world's largest gold-backed exchange traded fund (ETF) have hit $30 billion, a direct reflection of the troubling economic times the world is experiencing. The State Street fund is the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) whose assets have grown 60% in the past six months. ETF...

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  • How to Protect Yourself If Gold ETFs Are In a Bubble

    02-23-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Are gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) entering a bubble? More and more people seem to think so. Last week, we noted a story that contained 12 reasons to short gold. Barron's raises the question, too, now that gold is priced above $1,000 an ounce. The price is equivalent to mo...

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  • Dow Falls to 2002 Levels - Where Do Investors Go?

    02-19-2009 02:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen to its lowest close in more than six years, leaving exchange traded fund (ETF) investors to wonder where they can go now. It's a setback for investors who hoped that Nov. 20 was going to mark the market's low point, say Stephen Bern...

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  • What the Stimulus Means for ETFs, Sector by Sector

    02-19-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The stimulus plan is out, signed and ready to go, and the money is accounted for. Billions are spread out across several sectors, and the new funds could soon impact exchange traded funds (ETFs) that target those sectors. Total spending is $317.2 billion. Across the sectors, w...

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  • What Gold and Silver ETFs' Relationship Means to You

    02-18-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are being bought up as worried investors fear the consequences of government spending sprees and looming inflation. Silver has enjoyed a renaissance of its own, as the price has rallied for the past four weeks. Thi...

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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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  • Has the Time for Gold ETF Investing Passed?

    02-09-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Goldman Sachs has raised the outlook for gold's price to $1,000, giving rise to a new record for holdings in exchange traded funds (ETFs). Safe haven buying seems to be the trend in response to the mixed economic news, but has the ship sailed? Analysts differ in their opi...

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  • Tom Lydon Appears on CNBC to Discuss Today's Market Spike

    02-06-2009 01:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    On CNBC's "The Call" this morning, anchors Melissa Francis and Larry Kudlow, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Rick Dillon of Diamond Hill Investments, and I discussed the reasons behind today's market jump. Is it investor optimism on an impending stimulus plan, or is it that ...

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  • Tom Lydon Talks Gold, Biotech and Utilities ETFs on CNBC

    02-06-2009 10:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    On CNBC's "The Call" this morning, anchors Melissa Francis and Larry Kudlow, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Rick Dillon of Diamond Hill Investments, and I discussed the reasons behind today's market jump. Is it investor optimism on an impending stimulus plan, or is it that ...

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  • Why Strategy Matters With ETF Investing

    02-04-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After one month into our new year, investors had expected some big changes within the economy and exchange traded funds (ETFs); last month's dismal performance has us rethinking which asset classes are better suited for our nest eggs. In January, the Standard & Poor's 500 ...

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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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  • Gold, Platinum and Silver ETFs: What's the Outlook?

    01-27-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Are exchange traded fund (ETF) investors still interested in gold, silver and platinum? Has volatility tamped down demand? Slipping Prices. Gold has slipped under the $900 per ounce mark, giving up some gains, and easing risk aversion. The recent questions surrounding the ...

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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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  • 10 Potential ETF Surprises In 2009

    01-18-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Now that 2009 is off and rolling, many strategists have thrown in their two cents on what is going to happen with the markets, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Byron R. Wien, Chief Investment Strategist of Pequot Capital Management offers the following 10 surprises we cou...

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  • What Commodity ETF Asset Gains Mean

    01-13-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Long commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) have experienced an influx of billion of dollars, which is an exact opposite of the selloff seen at the end of 2008. What Does It Mean? Investors are showing confidence in energy prices as most of the inflow has been geared toward long...

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  • What's Stimulus Impact on Gold, Platinum ETFs?

    01-12-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals are lovely to look at and lovely to hold, but investing in these metals and their exchange traded funds (ETFs) may also prove to be quite profitable. In the third quarter, gold demand showed a healthy gain totaling 1,1334.4 tonnes, up 18% compared to a year ear...

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  • Gold ETF Shines Up for the New Year

    01-02-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The world's largest gold exchange traded fund (ETF) is one of the winners of 2008, in terms of total holdings. Allen Sorka for The Wall Street Journal reports that the world's largest gold ETF has been on a roller coaster ride in 2008 that had it ending the year near a peak. I...

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  • 14 ETFs to Keep in Mind for 2009

    12-29-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It is just about that time of year where we reflect upon the year and resolve to improve upon our quality of life in a fresh new year. Let's just hope that exchange traded funds (ETFs) have not forgotten this tradition and will resolve to undertake some new years resolutions for ...

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  • 2 Reasons to Not Count Dollar ETF Out

    12-22-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. dollar and gold are dancing to different tunes and the investor will have to decide which market or exchange traded fund (ETF) he or she will choose in a capricious economy. Early last week, the dollar rallied against a 13-year low vs. the yen and a 12-week low vs. the ...

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  • Why Do Precious Metals ETFs Outpace Broader Commodity ETFs?

    12-19-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Deep rate cuts here and around the world have enticed investors to hoard precious metals and their respective exchange traded funds (ETFs) for an impending risk of hyperinflation. Common sense suggests that the increased liquidity and consumer spending will cause inflation, w...

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  • Which ETFs Could Benefit from a Rate Cut?

    12-15-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Another rate cut is looming in the near future, as the Federal Reserve kicks off a two-day meeting today to discuss lowering the prime rate to 0.5%, giving gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) a gleaming opportunity. Any gains the U.S. dollar made may get shadowed by the drive b...

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  • Which ETFs Were Golden In November?

    12-04-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Bears continued to rage through the markets, and the leading exchange traded funds (ETFs) for the month of November only further illustrate that point. November's top funds focused on gold, Treasuries and leveraged inverse oil. This makes a strong case that the turmoil isn...

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  • ETFs and Why Gold Will Hit $2K...and Why It Won't

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

    For those banking on the Midas touch, investors of gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are receiving mixed reviews on the potential outlook for gold. But overall, analysts seem to be in agreement that prices will remain at least where they are for now, if not shoot much higher. ...

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  • Ideas for ETF Investors While Waiting for Markets to Turn

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

    A fickle market has investors hiding safely behind cash, but Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist at Economic Outlook Group, looks to some exchange traded funds (ETFs) when the markets calm. According to Bernard Baumohl in an interview with Ed Lin for Baron's Online, inves...

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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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  • Retail ETF Investors Help Fuel Gold Demand

    11-20-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Gold demand is surging even as prices fall, and the largest gold exchange traded fund's (ETF) increased holdings isn't because of who you might think. Retail investors are sharply increasing their demand for more gold bars and coins, as it has presented a safe place to keep th...

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  • Currency, Gold ETFs Do The Economic Dance

    11-17-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. retail sales drop has spurred the Japanese yen to rise, tallying up gains for the week against the euro and the dollar, and helping out currency exchange traded funds (ETFs). Investors are speculating that the sales drop will continue and therefore they are selling high...

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  • Gold ETFs Falter As Gold Rush Ends

    11-03-2008 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Threat of deflation has gold and gold-related Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) reeling. After reaching a record $1,033.90 an ounce in New York on March 17, gold has declined 31%, according to The Straits Times. The worst might have yet to appear as bank strategists are predicting ...

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  • Precious, Base Metals ETFs Garner Attention In Turmoil

    10-30-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Precious metals and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been all over the map lately; demand is up for some, down for others and prices are struggling to find their way amid the market volatility. One thing is for certain: they're attracting attention. Gold has been defying the ...

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  • Gold Defies Fundamentals, Confuses ETF Investors

    10-27-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Typical wisdom when it comes to gold and exchange traded funds (ETFs) for the metal is that when the markets go down, gold goes up. That's why for ages, it's been seen as a safe-haven investment; a place for worried investors to go to safely put their money. But recent activit...

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  • Going for the Gold ETFs

    10-20-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In the middle of an economic crisis, it starts to look like 1849 all over again as investors run for gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). Depending on your portfolio, gold can either be a tool used as a hedge against inflation, or it can be a risky bet against the dollar or just...

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  • Dow Soars While Investors Leave Gold ETFs

    10-13-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After the Dow Jones Industrial Average's record one-day point gain today, though, gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) might be losing some of their luster as a safe haven. Gold lost $2 in trading today, reports Dow Jones Newswires. The Dow soared 936 points after the world's maj...

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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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  • Federal Reserve Takes First Steps to Revive Markets, ETFs

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

    A plan to address the many issues our economy is having right now is taking shape, much to the liking of the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Federal Reserve has announced a plan to buy massive amounts of short-term debt after invoking Depression-era emergency pow...

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  • Yen, Gold ETFs Surge While Commodities Tumble

    10-06-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The tide has turned for the Japanese yen as the credit market collapse is sending the currency way back up, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) will follow. This same credit market collapse that sent Lehman Brothers down also sent borrowing costs sky high in Europe and is now beg...

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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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  • Looking for ETF Opportunities Today and Tomorrow

    09-29-2008 04:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    Smart exchange traded fund (ETF) investors not only look for opportunities in areas that are currently moving up, but they also look for opportunities that may develop in the future, long before they're actually here. The credit crisis and the housing bust will both eventually...

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  • Dow Jones Loses Nearly 800 Points In Volatile Session

    09-29-2008 02:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its largest one-day loss ever, leaving few bright spots in the world of exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Dow today plunged 777 points, by far surpassing the previous record of 684.81, set in the first trading day after the Sept. 11, 200...

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  • Gold ETF Hits Record Holdings

    09-25-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The world's largest gold exchange traded fund (ETF) hit a record number of holdings on Tuesday. The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) jumped 2% to a high of 724.94 tons, an uptrend that gathered steam when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy last week, reports Lewa Pardomuan for Reuters...

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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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  • Investors Run In Droves to Gold, ETFs; Dollar Dips

    09-17-2008 02:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are soaring after the government bailed out American Insurance Group (AIG) and the dollar fell. The largest gold ETF shot up 11.6% along with prices - the biggest one-day gain ever. Investors are fearing more tightening of the credi...

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  • Are You An ETF Hater? This May Change Your Outlook

    09-17-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are the latest investment hot spot, but as with everything in the spotlight, there are going to be nay-sayers and haters. The even the investors who love to hate ETFs know that they are practical, low-cost vehicles to reach all areas of the market,...

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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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  • Stronger Dollar Trounces Gold, Silver, Platinum ETFs

    09-09-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The rising value of the U.S. dollar is making precious metal exchange traded funds (ETFs) look a little less appealing. Gold has now slumped to its lowest price in more than a year, following the government's takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, reports Feiwen Rong for Bloo...

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  • Precious Metals ETFs Melt In the August Heat

    09-05-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The double-digit losses in one month for precious metals exchange traded funds (ETFs) is yet another example of how jumping into hot markets can leave you burned when you don't stick to the plan. Over the summer, these ETFs were the "safe havens" during market turmoil, but as ...

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  • Of the Top Ten Funds In July, Seven Were ETFs

    08-28-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    July was a notoriously troubled month for the markets, but not all exchange traded funds (ETFs) were suffering. John Spence for MarketWatch notes that there were 708 U.S.-listed ETFs in July, with 24 managers at the helm, and $578 billion in assets, according to State Street. ...

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  • Silver Takes Home the Gold When It Comes to Medals, But Not ETFs

    08-25-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    We know who took home medals at the Olympics, but did exchange traded funds (ETFs) come out a winner? The final tally for U.S. medals is 36 gold, 38 silver and 36 bronze. Not bad! Sorry Michael Phelps, but those gold medals aren't solid gold: the last ones that were were aw...

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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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  • Just Because Agriculture Prices Are Lower Doesn't Mean Demand Is Gone

    08-18-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Grain prices have been falling along with exchange traded funds (ETFs), but that could soon change if demand keeps ticking up. There has been a commodities selloff in recent weeks, but analysts say that this may not be the case for much longer, reports Sarah McFarlane for the ...

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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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  • When A Bear Is On The Loose, Don't Give Up On Your ETFs

    08-09-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have taken a mauling from the bear market, and commodities ETFs are doing their best to fight it off, but they may stumble just from sheer exhaustion. Financials were the first to be attacked, then U.S. companies that sold consumer ...

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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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  • Approaching ETF Investing Through Themes

    07-17-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to exchange traded fund (ETF) investing, it has become quite simple to build a narrow portfolio with these funds, with a very specific goal in mind. The choices will keep making the evolution of ETF investing quite dramatic. Roger Nusbaum for Seeking Alpha has a ...

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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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  • Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium ETFs - Oh, My!

    07-09-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Platinum and palladium exchange traded funds (ETFs) are reflecting the love investors have for metals that do much more than look pretty. Platinum demand is being driven, literally, by its primary use as a catalyst in devices that remove automotive pollutants, says Carolyn Cui...

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  • An ETF Trend-Following Plan For All Seasons

    07-09-2008 08:00 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 Trend Following and ETF Performance. It's hard to believe that the S&P 500 Index has been flatter than a pancake for the past nine years. It's had its u...

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  • Gold ETF Making History

    07-08-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The largest gold exchange traded fund (ETF) has been a real trailblazer lately. The SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) is the most actively traded call option on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, reports Sophia Grene for the Financial Times. The news is remarkable because it's only been...

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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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  • 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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  • SSGA ETFs Are Turning Japanese

    06-22-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    State Street Global Advisors is reaching across the Pacific to try their luck in Japan, starting with a gold-focused exchange traded fund (ETF). By the end of 2008, SSGA plans to list some of their U.S. ETFs on a Japanese exchange, reports Risa Maeda and Yuka Obayashi for Guar...

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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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  • Weakening Dollar Polishes Up Metals ETFs

    06-16-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Metals exchange traded funds (ETFs) were golden today as the dollar lost ground. Gold futures rose to their highest level in a week as the euro gathered steam, reports Alan Fein for Axcess News. Silver futures also jumped more than 6%. A question many people are asking is whe...

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  • Options for Gold ETF Investors

    06-04-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) determined that exchange traded fund (ETF) investors will now be able to trade futures and options contracts on the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD). Until now, trading derivatives based on a c...

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  • Market Movements and Numbers Sending ETFs in Mixed Directions

    05-29-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The revised first quarter GDP numbers are out, and the markets and certain exchange traded funds (ETFs) mostly seem to be reacting positively. The initial GDP numbers were up 0.6%, but the revised number is 0.9%, reports Tim Paradis for the Associated Press. The Labor Departm...

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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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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Lose Some Luster As Dollar Firms Up

    05-27-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) were down by as much as 5% in trading today as prices for the metals fell and the dollar showed signs of life. Spot gold fell to $903.50 an ounce, its lowest level in a week, reports Karl Plume for Reuters. Spot silver lost 4%, while...

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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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  • Oil, the Dollar and Gold ETFs Are Working Together

    05-11-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Slight upticks in the dollar against the euro this week may be in sync with investors timing their re-entry into the market and exchange traded funds (ETFs). On Thursday, the U.S. dollar was up to an eight-week high against the euro in overseas trading, with the speculation of...

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  • South African ETF Digging Its Way Up

    05-07-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The South African benchmark rose its highest since March 25, mining strong performance for its exchange traded fund (ETF). The FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index rose by its largest amount since March 25 yesterday. Some of the most active in the South African market in trading ...

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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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  • Dollar Up, Gold Down, While ETFs Reflect Activity

    04-30-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. dollar is toughening up, much to the dismay of gold which hit a three-month low on Tuesday, weakening the focused stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Also on the decline were oil prices along with weak sentiment just ahead of the Federal Reserve's big meeting to...

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  • Energy-Focused ETFs Capitalize on a Booming Sector

    04-30-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs) have come a long way since Nov. 18, 2004. That's when the first single-commodity ETF - streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) - was launched. Of the 30 or so physical commodities traded in the United States, 12 of...

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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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  • Can the Rally in Silver ETF Keep It Up?

    04-28-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Silver and its exchange traded fund (ETF) were among the strongest performers in the first quarter of this year, outperforming most other metal-focused ETFs. iShares Silver Trust (SLV) finished up the first quarter 12.3% higher. streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD), on the other hand,...

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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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  • Gas Tax Holiday Could Be Boon to ETFs

    04-21-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If a plan to eliminate the gas tax this summer goes through, what could it mean for exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Sen. John McCain proposed ditching the tax, which would shave 18 cents per gallon off the price of gasoline between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But not everyone is c...

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  • More ETF Data for You to Geek Out On

    04-07-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Last month, Jim Wiandt at Index Universe put together a table for exchange traded fund (ETF) data nerds. It was such a hit, he's got more for you. He put all 664 ETFs on a spreadsheet, multiplied the assets for each ETF by its expense ratio, then divided that number by the total...

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  • New ETN Focuses on Platinum, Palladium

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

    Investors who have been looking for access to platinum and palladium via an exchange traded product finally can have it with the ELEMENTS MLCX Precious Metals Index (PMY) exchange traded note (ETN), listed on NYSE Euronext. The fund follows the MLCX Precious Metals Index, whic...

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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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  • When It Comes to Hedging, Gold and Agriculture Emerge in a Tie

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

    There's a battle going on: which commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) are the best hedge, gold or agriculture? And the answer is...well, we're not sure. Roger Nusbaum for The Street says that since August 2007, streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) outperformed for awhile. Then Pow...

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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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  • Commodity ETFs Shine On a Gloomy Day

    03-25-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Metal and agriculture exchange traded funds (ETFs) retained their bounce today, refusing to be brought down in the wake of bad news from other sectors such as financials, consumer and housing. Last week, there was a commodities selloff, but the sector appears to be performing w...

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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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  • Financial ETFs Look Different In the Afternoon

    03-19-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It just goes to show: these days, exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the market can turn on a dime, and today was a perfect case in point. This morning, things kicked off nicely off yesterday's high. Financials were up, the price of oil was down. Investors were still aglow with ...

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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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  • Two Regulatory Agencies Team Up for ETF Reviews

    03-15-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have signed a mutual cooperation agreement designed to help both agencies work in sync when it comes to bringing new exchange traded funds (ETFs) to the market. The agreement w...

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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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  • Get In The Commodities Super Cycle With ETFs

    03-06-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The commodity super-cycle is in full force, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) can help you enter the market smoothly. In 2007, gold prices were up 36.6%, crude oil prices surged 70.8%, and agriculture commodities such as corn, wheat and soybeans posted their own records. Sean...

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  • ETF Investors Dig for Platinum, Gold and Silver

    03-05-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Yes, investors are flocking to gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) as the dollar weakens. Case in point is streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD): after gold surged to a record $992 an ounce earlier this week, the fund traded nearly 11.5 million shares, reports Joanne Von Alroth for Inv...

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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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  • Financial News Has Domino Effect on Markets and ETFs

    02-27-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Wall Street hardly waited for its coffee to kick in before a slew of news began sending stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) this way and that in a series of chain reactions. The dollar weakened to $1.50 against the euro, setting yet another record and crossing what's cons...

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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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  • Have a Portfolio Oscar-Themed Party With Metals ETFs

    02-24-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Just when you think gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) have hit their peak, the upward momentum continues. Yesterday, gold finished at $946.30. And let's just say, if you're an actor who has been appearing in a lot of money-losing duds since winning that Oscar (we won't name nam...

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  • The Year of Metals, Food and Foreign Markets ETFs

    02-21-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Foreign markets and international-focused stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have displayed exceptional growth and gained popularity over the past couple years. The foreign markets may not outperform U.S. market forever, but they are worth your consideration and time in r...

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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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  • Commodities ETF Growing Like Wheat

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

    The price of wheat leaped to a record high, taking a commodity exchange traded fund (ETF) to greater heights along with it. On Friday, the Agriculture Department forecast that supplies will drop 40% from last year to a 60-year low in May,  according to Trang Ho for Invest...

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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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  • 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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  • Interest in Commodities and Precious Metals ETFs Could Grow

    01-23-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A London-based exchange traded fund (ETF) firm expects significant investment in its precious metal and other commodities-based ETFs this year. Could the news translate into similar numbers in the United States? The growth of interest in commodities, reports Jan Harvey for For...

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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 ETF Needs More Storage Space

    01-14-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD) exchange traded fund (ETF) has been a popular fund lately as it's raking in investors' cash. Now backers are racing around to find a bigger vault to accommodate the horde. The stockpile is now valued at $18 billion and surging gold prices and inv...

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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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  • Gold ETFs Get a Hand fom New Record Price

    01-08-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's another day, and gold sets another record, delivering a nice lift to related exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the process.Jackie Farwell of the Associated Press reports  that today, gold swooped past its all-time record price of $875 set in 1980 and at one point hit $88...

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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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  • ETF Creations and Redemptions for December

    01-07-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many investors are now using exchange traded fund (ETF) flows to get a feel for where the most money is focused on Wall Street. Matthew Hougan for Index Universe says that there is a new report that captures the largest creation/redemption activity within the ETF space. IndexU...

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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 ETFs Are Shining

    12-31-2007 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Strong energy prices, geo-political tensions and weakness in the dollar are all supporting gold prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Economic Times reports that a firming trend in international markets, also boosted the trading sentiment somewhat. Gold in Asia rose on sp...

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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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  • Getting Exposure With Commodity ETFs

    12-11-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodities exchange traded funds (ETFs) are being recognized by investors as the convenient way to get exposure to these necessities. Before ETFs, one had to open an account just for trading commodities, and then they had to make a decision as to which one. Now, ETFs offer a va...

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  • India Bank Starts Gold ETF

    11-20-2007 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The passage to India just got a little wider and more glittery, thanks to the exchange traded fund (ETF). India's top lender, State Bank of India, is planning to launch a gold-focused ETF (available in India only) while hoping a booming economy will boost demand for the precious...

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  • Will India Have a Run Like China's ETFs?

    11-19-2007 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    China has been a remarkable success story in the world of exchange traded funds (ETFs), and now India could very well be poised to have a similar run, reports Indymedia. Strategist George Zhibin Gu wonders why China still rules, despite the fact that labor in India costs about ha...

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  • Gold ETF Sells Bullion

    11-16-2007 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    streetTracks Gold Shares (GLD) exchange traded fund (ETF) sold bullion this week after the yen strengthened.  The ETF unloaded 11 tonnes of bullion and now holds 588.74 tonnes, reports Jon Nones for Resource Investor. Recent demand is driven by India, due to the fact that t...

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  • Dealing With Correlation Via ETFs

    11-15-2007 02:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    Where can an exchange traded fund (ETF) investor find shelter? Once upon a time, foreign markets and energy moved independently of stocks, but these days, they tend to move in the same direction, writes Trang Ho at Investor's Business Daily. One place to look is in foreign bon...

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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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  • ETF Structures Deciphered

    11-01-2007 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Along with the birth of a number of exchange traded fund (ETF) indexing strategies, there are numerous product structures to choose from. Picking one ETF product structure over another will affect how dividends are paid, the margin of tracking error and taxes. Ron DeLegge for ET...

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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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  • Of Cargo Ships and ETFs

    10-25-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Some exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be affected as the world's fleet of cargo ships grow old. That's because as the world's fleet of cargo ships age, they can't carry the surging demand for commodities. In turn, this affects supply and causes the cost of shipping and commodi...

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  • Wild and Crazy ETF Activity and Assets

    10-01-2007 05:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund (ETF) SPDRs (SPY) has had a ton of assets dumped into it recently, but that's not the only crazy activity occurring in the ETF markets lately. Last week's data through Sept. 21 shows that total new assets in the SPDRs is at $91.5 billion, says Jim W...

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  • Portfolio Inflation Protection with ETFs

    10-01-2007 11:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    How will the Federal Reserve's recent rate cut affect exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the near future? In general, the stock market has fared well recently; however, many analysts believe the rate cut will temporarily add cash to the economy to fuel companies' flexibility to r...

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  • First Leveraged Commodities ETFs Coming Soon

    09-30-2007 01:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    PowerShares is planning to leverage three of its commodity futures exchange traded funds (ETFs) to provide 200% of the daily return of the underlying indexes. If they are approved, these will become the first leveraged commodities ETFs, says Matt Hougan for Index Universe. Tho...

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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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  • An ETF Connection

    09-14-2007 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Have you noticed a possible correlation to the slowing of the economy and the rise of commodity and exchange traded funds (ETFs)? It's an interesting point that Dave Fry for ETF Digest makes, and as we dig a little deeper, seems to have some validity. Gold and futures-based oi...

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  • Is a Bear on the Loose for ETFs?

    09-12-2007 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    A question hanging above the heads of exchange traded fund (ETF) investors and others is: "Is a recession looming on the horizon?" TrimTabs for Forbes responds with another question as a response: "If companies were anticipating a recession, why would they be sp...

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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 Might Have Lost Some of Their Luster

    08-28-2007 11:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    Ever since gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) came into existence, investors have discussed the benefits of investing in this area. Gold ETFs have been known as safer investments because 1) as the dollar declines, they tend to do well, and 2) they generally ride out well during v...

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  • Digging for Gold ETFs

    08-19-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although global gold demand is up 19% for the second quarter, exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold this metal lost 2.6 tons. Emerging-market countries and price volatility were the driving forces behind the demand increase, according to the The World Gold Council. Jane Louis f...

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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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  • Platinum ETFs Off to a Slow Start

    07-30-2007 01:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    Earlier this year platinum exchange traded funds (ETFs) launched in Europe, but they have yet to attract huge investments. Since their launch three months ago, the ETFs have accumulated 1.3% of annual world mine output, Reuters reports. This compares to iShares Silver Trust (SLV...

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  • Why Commodity ETFs Might Be a Smart Investment

    07-26-2007 02:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) can track the price of single commodities, such as gold or oil, groups of commodities or futures contracts. Commodity ETFs allow access into another asset class besides stocks and bonds, so they give portfolios the benefit of increased dive...

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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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  • Learn ETF Tax Rules to Jumpstart Tax Season

    07-19-2007 11:29 AM by Tom Lydon

    Updated version One of the benefits of exchange traded funds (ETFs) is their tax efficiency. However, this is not to be mistaken for, "You'll never pay taxes with ETFs." Most ETFs are subject to capital gains tax rules, which helps you during tax season. Here's how, ...

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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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  • Gold ETF Losing It's Bullion

    05-22-2007 01:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    The world's largest gold-backed exchange traded fund (ETF), streetTRACKs Gold Shares (GLD), has reduced the amount bullion it holds by more than 3%, due to weaker prices.  Frank Tang for Reuters says analysts are warning any continued outflow could be an indication of ongoi...

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  • Oil ETFs and Contango Issues

    04-25-2007 01:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    Industry observers have raised questions over the pricing and performance of exchange traded fund (ETF) -like instruments designed to give investors exposure to crude oil. John Spence for MarketWatch.com reports United States Oil Fund (USO) is a commodity pool whose objective is...

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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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  • World Events Affect Metal ETFs

    03-27-2007 12:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    Metal exchange traded funds (ETFs) affected by several factors, including falling inventories on the London Metal Exchange.  When oil prices are higher, gold looks more attractive as a hedge against inflation.  Gold futures rose on Monday as tension with Iran over the c...

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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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  • Gold ETF (GLD) Hits New YTD High as Gold Approaches $700 an Ounce

    02-23-2007 01:21 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gold rallied to a fresh nine-month high on Friday, inching towards the key $700 an ounce level as investor interest in metals continues to increase. The StreetTracks Gold Trust ETF (GLD) is one of the purest way to invest in spot gold. Silver also hit a fresh nine-month high of ...

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  • Gold and Silver ETFs Remain Precious

    02-06-2007 01:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Gene Arensberg of Resource Investor reports that positive liquidity has returned to gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs). Over the past week more wealth has been entering the funds than leaving. Gold holdings for streetTracks Gold Shares(GLD), the largest gold ETF, incre...

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  • Commodity ETFs Add Shine

    12-16-2006 01:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) are making some portfolios shine. Gold, silver and oil have had successful histories and unique cycles. The streetTracks Gold Shares Fund (GLD) was the first ETF to track a commodity and it has been golden, reports Zoe Van Schyndel of the M...

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  • Gold ETF Law Suit Withdrawn

    12-15-2006 07:57 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dave Ascani withdrew his suit claiming the World Gold Council stole his idea for a gold exchange traded fund (ETF). A day after the trial began in a New York Court, Ascani declared his lawsuit was "entirely without merit" and apologized for suing WGC. Dorothy Kosich re...

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  • Gold ETF Caught In Civil Battle

    12-10-2006 01:36 PM by Tom Lydon

    The gold bullion exchange traded fund (ETF) has Dan Ascani feeling ripped off. streetTracks Gold Shares (GLD) has over $9 billion in assets and the two-year-old ETF is the object of this lawsuit. Ascani is accusing the World Gold Council of stealing his idea. His lawsuit dates b...

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  • ETFs Holding Gold

    12-04-2006 01:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold gold were down on Friday, although the sliding dollar is helping to lift the value of the metal.  The value of bullion tends to move in the opposite direction to changes in the price of U.S. currency, reports Simon Constable of The Str...

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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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  • Gold ETF (GLD)-Gateway To India

    10-02-2006 09:31 AM by Tom Lydon

    While we wait for an investible Indian ETF, many feel the way to profit from the booming Indian economy is to buy gold or the Gold ETF (GLD). Bloomberg released a story today supporting this case. It's worth reading... ...

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  • Metal ETFs Suffer on Terrorism

    08-11-2006 01:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With today's news of a foiled terrorist plot on airlines, metal prices fell and brought the exchange traded funds with them.  Since mid-June the metals have been quite the performers.  iShares Silver Trust (SLV) is up 30% and streetTracks Gold (GLD) is up 16%.  Bu...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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