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Gold and U.S. dollar exchange traded funds are moving in separate directions again after a strengthening U.S. economy renewed speculation that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates before the end of the year. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) rose 0.2% Wednesday and is trading back above its 200-day simple […]

As the equities market swings, traders have incorporated leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds to jump on short-term opportunities and hedge around events, like the Brexit vote. “If ever there was a market environment for uncertainty hedging, it is now,” Andy O’Rourke, Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer at Direxion, told ETF Trends on a […]

Gold mining stocks and the corresponding exchange traded funds have been highlighted plenty of times this year as some of 2016’s best-performing securities. For example, the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest gold miners ETF by assets, has more than doubled year-to-date. GDX’s small-cap cousin, the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: […]

The precious metals market and related exchange traded funds have done a complete one-eighty compared to 2015 and may continue to end the year strong as ongoing uncertainty would support safe-haven demand. “We believe market uncertainty to keep strong support for precious metals – particularly gold and silver – for some time and that will […]

Gold has helped stock investors even out the ride in a volatile market environment. Instead of investing in two separate assets, exchange traded fund investors can also diversify their portfolios with a kind of two-in-one gold and equity strategy. On the recent webcast, Revealed: A Full Gold and Equities Exposure Strategy, Guy Adami, Director at […]

The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) and some rival gold exchange traded products are up more than 27% year-to-date. That sounds impressive until looking at the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR), both of which are up more than 46%. While that might imply silver is due for a […]

In a post-Brexit world, many have included a gold hedge to diminish further swings from more volatile equity exposure. On the other hand, investors can turn to a single exchange traded fund strategy that implements full exposure to gold and equities simultaneously. On an upcoming webcast, Revealed: A Full Gold and Equities Exposure Strategy, Guy […]

Faltering European currencies following Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), also known as Brexit, are proving to be a boon for gold and bullion-backed exchange traded products. That group includes the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL). As traders continue […]

With Wednesday’s gains, gains which took some gold exchange traded products to fresh highs, 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 around 28%. It is only early July and gains of 28% percent or more in just over […]

In a month dominated by speculation over Brexit vote, exchange traded fund flows over June revealed that investors hedged riskier equity bets with gold and low volatility options. Gold ETFs have been the shining asset category of the year and June inflows showed that the precious metal still held a lot of appeal. Last month, […]

Looking back to the first half of 2016, exchange traded funds that track precious metals miners have been the top performers so far this year, and the metal producers group may continue to shine through the second half. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 rose 2.4%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.9% and the Nasdaq Composite […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds extended its post-Brexit rally on the last day of June, ending the first half of the year on a positive note after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney assuaged market fears and signaled a potential rate cut over the summer. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.6% over […]

The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) and rival gold exchange traded products have been in focus as investors look for safe-haven plays in a post-Brexit world. That could be a sign of more upside to come for already gold and the related […]

As the Brexit referendum results triggered a global risk-off event, exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track safe-haven plays surged on the increased volatility. For instance, gold jumped the most since the 2008 financial downturn as traders turned to the Brexit haven, Bloomberg reports. Gold futures jumped as much as 8.1% on three times the average […]

The slow economic outlook coupled with uncertainty over central bank policies and a U.K. referendum have pressured the equities markets. Investors, though, can mitigate the risks by diversifying into exchange traded funds that track safe-haven assets. Among the list of concerns, an ongoing earnings recession in the U.S., an upcoming U.S. presidential election, an unclear […]

After a volatile start to the year, precious metals exchange traded fund advisors will have to consider factors beyond market risks. On the recent webcast, June Update: Central Bank Separation Anxiety, James Butterfill, Head of Research and Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, pointed out that world growth has stabilized, the likelihood of a global recession […]

As we head into the second half of the year, exchange traded fund investors should consider potential headwinds like the eventual Federal Reserve interest rate hike and think about how to prepare their portfolios accordingly. On the upcoming webcast, June Update: Central Bank Separation Anxiety, Brian Novak, Senior Managing Director at Astor Investment Management, James […]

Gold-related exchange traded funds surged Friday after updated employment data revealed employers in May added the fewest workers in almost six years, fueling speculation the Federal Reserve may push off an interest rate hike this month. On Friday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 2.4% and VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) jumped […]

While U.S. equities recorded modest gains in the month of May, exchange traded fund investors largely targeted popular plays that staged a pullback, re-positioning to potentially capture further value ahead. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was the most popular ETF play of May, attracting almost $2.7 billion in net inflows, according to ETF.com data. […]

Metals-related exchange traded funds have enjoyed a rally this year, but traders and the miners themselves are growing more pessimistic over the future outlook. Over the past month, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 1.8%, iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV) declined 4.7%, VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) dipped 0.2% and iShares MSCI Global […]

Amid speculation that another interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve is coming, perhaps as soon as next month, high-flying gold exchange traded funds, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), have retreated in recent days. However, that is not keeping […]

Few exchange traded funds (ETFs) have benefited from the weaker dollar and the Federal Reserve’s reluctance to raise interest rates this year on par with the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL). However, that does not mean gold and gold ETFs are not […]

Despite a bounce in the mining sector, exchange traded fund investors turned bearish on gold producers after the Federal Reserve’s hawkish stance, piling into a leveraged inverse option Thursday. The Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares (NYSEArca: DUST), which takes the -3x or -300% daily performance of the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, decreased […]

After struggling during the commodities the past two years, the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) is up a respectable 2.1% year-to-date thanks to resurgent precious metals prices. However, there are lingering concerns that Africa’s second-largest economy could be stung by a sovereign credit downgrade. The country is a major gold producer as well […]

Gold prices closed slightly lower Wednesday after meeting minutes from the Federal Reserve revealed the central bank could raise interest rates following its June meeting. For now, one rate hike might not be enough to derail exchange traded funds such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical […]

Gold exchange traded funds dulled Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting showed that the central bank could hike interest rates in June if conditions are right. The Fed minutes revealed that the policy makers are less concerned about risks posed by the global economic and financial conditions and pointed to strengthening U.S. […]

Silver exchange traded funds have rallied along with gold bullion this year, but rising industrial demand for the white metal may help propel silver prices. Bolstering the appeal for silver, the precious metal enjoys heavy industrial demand that benefits from an expanding global economy. Over 50% of global demand for silver comes from industries like […]

Somewhat lost in the well-deserved fervor surrounding the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and other gold and silver exchange traded products this year are the impressive performances being notched by platinum and palladium equivalents. The ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT) has been particularly impressive. After lagging gold ETFs […]

Many market observers follow the old adage “sell in May and go away,” but traders who are sticking around can hedge against the summer doldrums with leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds (ETFs). “Depending on which side of the fence you’re on, if you’re a trader you have choices,” according to Direxion Investments. “Sell in […]

Well, maybe. Year-to-date it has been, no pun intended, fools gold betting against gold and gold miners exchange traded products such as the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ). As has been previously documented, most of the best-performing non-leveraged ETF this year are gold and […]