Gold

The U.S. equities have been meandering along for the past few weeks but were pulled from their stupor after Chinese yuan selling triggered a risk-off sentiment. Nevertheless, there are still pockets of strength in some markets and exchange traded funds. For instance, the best performing ETFs on Wednesday were those that tracked precious metal miners. […]

We begin by noting that on Friday Japan reported that inflation at the consumer level “stalled” and that household spending actually… and unexpectedly… fell in June. This is disconcerting of course to Mr. Abe and even more so to the leadership at the Bank of Japan, for both have said that they want an inflation […]

Investors have previously turned to silver exchange traded funds as an asset with a safe store of value and as a metal with wide industrial application in a growing economy. However, the precious metal is now suffering from a bad turn on both fronts. Over the past year, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) fell […]

The month of August has historically been a poor month for equities. Nevertheless, exchange traded fund investors may do well with focusing on more conservative sectors while growth sectors languish. According to data analytics platform Kensho, August has been the worst month of the year for the S&P 500, with the indexing falling 0.8% on […]

While commodity assets and related exchange traded funds have been among the most hated investments, the outlook for the asset class could turn around during a rising interest rate environment. Tim Strauts, senior market research analyst for Morningstar, argues that real assets, like commodities, typically outperform other asset classes during periods of restrictive monetary policy, […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds experienced some choppy conditions, but investors have unclenched their teeth as markets largely rebounded over July. Over July, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.3%, the Nasdaq Composite increased 2.0% and the S&P 500 gained 1.8%. The best performing non-leveraged ETFs over the past month include the Market […]

Gold miners and sector-related exchange traded funds have been trailing the market. However, the sell-off may have been overdone and could present a good opportunity for contrarian investors ahead of the Federal Reserve announcement. Over the past month, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) fell 25.0%, Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Gold bullion prices and related exchange traded funds have dipped to five-year lows, and some of the largest consumers of the precious metal are waiting on even lower prices. Over the past month, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) have declined about […]

While gold bullion has somewhat weakened this year, gold miner stocks and related exchange traded have taken a dive, leading some traders to believe that the industry may be oversold. Year-to-date, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has dipped 3.0%. Meanwhile, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest and most heavily traded […]

The sudden shake up in China’s equity market has pushed more Chinese investors into the tried-and-true gold safe haven, potentially supporting bullion-related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) have dipped about 1.0%. However, after the plunge in Chinese […]

After Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen pushed off an interest-rate hike, gold related exchange traded funds popped Thursday, with bullion prices rising the most in five weeks. On Thursday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) gained about 1.3%. The gold ETFs, though, […]

Investors who are thinking about a precious metal position may want to take a look at silver bullion and related exchange traded funds as an alternative to gold. However, the metals may face short-term risk in a rising rate environment. Year-to-date, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 1.3%, ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) […]

With the fixed-income and equities markets swinging, investors may turn to precious metals exchange traded fund to hedge increased volatility. “It would be wrong to conclude that the outlook for the gold market over the remainder of 2015 and beyond depends solely on the evolution of U.S. monetary policy, and that Fed tightening can only […]

A weakening U.S. economic recovery and potential delay in the Federal Reserve interest rate hike help make gold and bullion related exchange traded funds a more appealing safe-haven play. Gold prices are rebounding after the recent tumble. On Tuesday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold […]

Gold and bullion-related exchange traded funds are experiencing their best rally since January as the depreciating U.S. dollar helped support the gains. Over the past week, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 3.1%, iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) added 3.0% and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) returned 3.0%. After the recent surge, the […]

Gold exchange traded funds could strengthen as a slower U.S. economy pushes off a Federal Reserve interest rate hike and inflation expectations begin to rise. On Tuesday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 0.3%, iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) added 0.4% and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) returned 0.4%. The gold ETFs […]

After the decline in bullion prices, Chinese consumers are picking up gold again, lifting the precious metals market and related exchange traded funds. Over the past week, SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 0.5%, iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) added 0.6% and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) returned 0.6%. COMEX gold futures were […]

Some investors may be easing back into commodities and related exchange traded funds as a strengthening global economy, a slowing U.S. dollar and fall off in prices are enticing some bottom fishers. Over the past month, the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) added 3.8%, iPath Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return ETN […]

As China pushes to make its yuan currency a global competitor to the U.S. dollar, the country could stockpile bullion to bolster its reserves, potentially lifting gold prices and related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 1.8%, iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) added 1.8% and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares […]

After a series of weak U.S. economic data points, gold bullion and related exchange traded funds look more polished and are trading back above their short-term trend lines. However, a slowly strengthening economy could mean an eventual downfall in the safe-haven asset. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has gained 4.1% over the past month […]

The equities market is plugging along, but gold producers have been selling off. Contrarian investors who want to capitalize off a potential turnaround in this unfavored sector can take a look at some miners-related exchange traded funds. For instance, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) fell 9.7% over the past month while the […]

After a falling off from the mid-January highs, bullion and gold-related exchange traded funds could finally be breaking out. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was up 2.1% over the past week and is now up 1.0% year-to-dated. [ETFs to Track the Gold Market] COMEX gold futures were trading around $1,203 per ounce Thursday. Rich […]

Investors interested in gaining exposure to gold bullion moves do not need a commodities account to trade the hard asset. Instead, more are turning to exchange traded funds to easily access the precious metal. Gold traders contend that the Federal Reserve’s money-printing spree will eventually lead to a decline in the U.S. dollar, but foreign […]

Silver-related exchange exchange traded funds could outshine other precious metals as favorable fundamentals provide support. Year-to-date, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 8.2%, ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) gained 8.6% and PowerShares DB Silver Fund (NYSEArca: DBS) increased 8.4%. In contrast, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) only added 0.6% so far this […]

A gold exchange traded fund is the best performing commodity-focused U.S. fund this year. Contributing to the outperformance in this particular investment, the ETF backed by euro-currency-denominated gold. The AdvisorShares Gartman Gold/Euro ETF (NYSEArca: GEUR), an actively managed ETF that tracks gold in euro terms, has increased 11.3% year-to-date while the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: […]

Gold and bullion-related exchange traded funds have exhibited an inverse relationship against the U.S. dollar, but the moves this time around may not be as severe. Over the past year, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has declined 16.1%, whereas the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) jumped 24.2%. Gold has shown […]

Platinum is trading below gold bullion prices again, but the current pressure on the white metal this time around could be coming from a surge in supply. Platinum has been largely underperforming gold. For instance, the ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT) fell 6.4% year-to-date and declined 23.9% over the past year. Meanwhile, the SPDR […]

Long-term trends suggest gold and related exchange traded funds could head lower as the U.S. dollar continues to appreciate. According to Chris Kimble of Kimble Charting Solutions, the Swiss franc and gold both peaked around the same time in 2011 and have been stuck in a downtrend ever since. Now, Kimble argues that the long-term […]

The improving job numbers are fueling Federal Reserve rate hike speculation and dragging on the gold bullion and miner-related exchange traded funds. With the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest ETF backed by physical holdings of gold, down 2.7% and broad equities markets off over 1% Friday, gold miners are feeling the pain […]

Gold exchange traded funds rose on a knee-jerk reaction Thursday, following the European Central Bank’s aggressive bond-purchasing plan, as traders anticipated a rise in inflation. However, investors soon realized that the ECB actions would benefit the dollar or weigh on USD-denominated bullion. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has increased 10.3% year-to-date but was down […]