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Gold bullion and commodity-related exchange traded funds surged to a 15-month high Friday on a depreciating U.S. dollar, along with rising risk-off sentiment with a equity market pullback. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) rose 1.8% Friday as Comex gold futures gained […]

After a tumultuous start to the year, exchange traded fund investors have been easing back into the riskier segments of the market, focusing on income generation and some more defensive strategies that may keep the edge off their stock plays. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was on track to become the most popular […]

Gold exchange traded funds have been a bright spot in the markets this year as an extended low-rate environment, depreciating U.S. dollar and volatility pushed investors into the hard asset. At the start of the year, gold enjoyed safe-haven demand as the equities market plunged into a correction. Gold maintained its momentum as the Federal […]

With the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) enjoying one its best performances in several years, it is not surprising that miners exchange traded funds are getting in on the act. Actually, ETFs such as the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) are doing that and more. GDX, the largest and most heavily traded gold […]

Although the naysayers have grown louder during gold’s ascent, it cannot be refuted that the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) are sporting year-to-date gains of close to 18% and have been, particularly in GLD’s case, packing on new assets. The World Gold Council […]

The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, and rival gold ETFs have been among this year’s best-performing funds. GLD is up nearly 18% year-to-date, but thanks to a recent surge to 10-month highs, silver prices and ETFs are outpacing their gold rivals. For example, the iShares Silver Trust […]

Precious metals have been surging this year, with the markets focused on the rise in gold as the U.S. dollar depreciates and market volatility sent traders to the safe-haven. Now, silver and related exchange traded funds are finally starting to outpace their golden counterpart. A perfect storm of global central bank policies and market volatility […]

The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, and rival gold ETFs have been among this year’s best-performing funds. GLD and some of its rivals have also been admirable asset gatherers, but as has been widely noted during gold’s ascent, there are some market observers with doubts about the […]

Precious metals-related exchange traded funds have been among the best performers this year. However, there may soon be more diverging performances as the rally grows long in the tooth. ETFs that track silver and gold miners have been the best performers this year, with the PureFunds ISE Junior Silver Small Cap Miners/Explorers ETF (NYSEArca: SILJ) up 107.1% […]

Investors have turned to gold exchange traded funds as a safe-haven play in times of market stress. However, the precious metal may not always act as a hedge against stock volatility. Over the past five years, the correlation between the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, has been mildly […]

The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, is still up nearly 17% on a year-to-date basis and to this point in 2016, no ETF has added more new assets than GLD. However, the giant gold fund and its rivals have traded modestly lower over the past several weeks, […]

Despite Thursday’s pullback, exchange traded fund flows suggest investors are in a risk-on rally mode as ETFs that track safe-haven assets have been experiencing redemptions. The equities market have been bouncing back over the past month, with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) rising 3.0%, as investors turned risk-on after stocks dipped into a […]

Global central banks have shown that they are willing to adopt negative interest rate policies to stimulate stagnate growth. Consequently, in this new so-called NIRP environment, gold exchange traded funds could continue to shine. Given the ongoing NIRP environment, with European and Japanese central banks cutting benchmark rates deeper into the red to promote growth, […]

Among precious metals exchange traded funds, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and its rivals are getting most of the attention this year. That makes sense as GLD is packing on assets on its way to a year-to-date gain of 15.4%. Gold’s surge is overshadowing a resurgence among silver ETFs, but some market observers believe […]

Gold fever in China is supporting a rally in bullion-related exchange traded funds as volatility in Chinese equities and currency markets adds to safe-haven demand. Gold is among the best performing assets of the year. Year-to-date, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) […]

It might be hard to fathom with all the bullish attention gold has been getting this year, but the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, is off nearly 1% over the past month. Still, GLD is higher by almost 15% on a year-to-date basis and some technical analysts […]

The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, has added $5.1 billion in fresh assets this year. That is $2 billion more than the second-best asset-gathering ETF. However, GLD is just one example of investors’ affinity for gold in 2016, but bullish statistics are not keeping gold doubters at […]

Up almost 15% year-to-date and easily ranking as this year’s top asset-gathering ETF, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, is leaving little doubt about just how hot gold and gold ETFs are. However, gold’s rally has been accompanied by doubts, as is often the case when the […]

Up 17.6% year-to-date and easily ranking as this year’s top asset-gathering ETF, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest physically-backed gold exchange traded fund, is leaving little about just how hot gold and gold ETFs are. However, gold’s rally has been accompanied by doubts, as is often the case when the yellow metal […]

The equities market has rebounded off one of the worst starts to a new year, but investors who believe volatility will once again rear its ugly head may want to hedge potential risks down the road with gold exchange traded funds. JPMorgan Global Head of Quantitative and Derivatives Research Marko Kolanovic argued that the recent […]

GLD has gained 18.9% year-to-date, with Comex gold futures now trading around $1,265 per ounce, which has helped riskier stock ETFs shine QQQ, which tracks the Nasdaq-100, rose 7.3% over past month IWM gained 8.2% over past month SPY returned 7.2% over past month Among sector bets, energy has been the best performer in the six months […]

GLD is up nearly 19% year-to-date and ranking as this year’s top asset-gathering ETF Bullion’s bounce has not convinced all market observers that a sustained rally is in store Precious metals — and gold, in particular — typically have lower correlations to the stock and bond markets than many other commodities, such as oil With […]

Federal Reserve keeps short-term interest rates unchanged at a range of between 0.25% and 0.5% Fed officials also suggested there will only be two more rate hikes this year Weakening dollar helps bolster commodity assets With the Federal Reserve keeping short-term interest rates unchanged, rate-sensitive exchange traded funds popped while some trades dependent on higher rates […]

GLD’s stellar performance to start the year has lured plenty of supporters…and naysayers Gold prices strengthened this year as market volatility triggered safe-haven demand GLD and rival gold exchange traded products could get a lift this week following the Federal Reserve’s next meeting, which starts today The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest […]

No ETF has added more new assets than GLD since the start of the year Gold prices strengthened this year as market volatility triggered safe-haven demand Nevertheless, more long-term investors who are seeking insurance through a gold play should not throw everything into the precious metal The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest […]

ETF industry continued to accumulate assets in February Global exchange traded products, which include both ETFs and exchange traded notes, gathered $9.4 billion Garnering investors’ attention over February, ETFs that track gold price movements saw a new monthly flow record of $7.2 billion The exchange traded fund industry continued to accumulate assets in February on […]

Even with gold’s stellar start to 2016, some technical analysts see more upside Gold prices strengthened this year as market volatility triggered safe-haven demand Still, bullion’s bounce has not convinced all market observers that a sustained rally is in store The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest physically-backed gold ETF, is up more […]

SLV and SIVR are each up 11% year-to-date Even more impressive is GLD, which is up more than 19% this year Observers are pondering when the white metal will catch up to its yellow counterpart The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) are each up just over 11% […]