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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 […]

Leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds are growing in popularity among technical traders who capitalize on short-term moves. “Leveraged miner ETF inflows are more technical in nature, coming from program traders,” David Fajardo, Senior Vice President of Direxion Investments, told ETF Trends in a call. For instance, Fajardo pointed out that in recent weeks when […]

After Europe and Japan enacted negative interest rate policies, overseas investors have steered toward gold bullion to protect their wealth against depreciating currencies. U.S. investors can also capitalize on this growing trend with gold-related exchange traded funds priced in euro and yen currency terms. Gold sales in Japan jumped in March after the Bank of […]

It only launched in May 2014, but Van Eck Merk Gold Trust (NYSE Arca: OUNZ) has already surpassed $100 million in assets under management. OUNZ seeks to provide investors with a convenient and cost-efficient way to buy and hold gold through an ETF while also giving investors the option, if they desire, to take physical […]

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 […]

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 […]

Investors seeking to diversify a portfolio have utilized gold as an alternative asset with a low correlation to traditional equity and fixed-income positions. Now, REX Shares has launched two exchange traded funds that allow investors to gain exposure to both equities market and gold. On Tuesday, the REX Gold Hedged S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: GHS) […]

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, […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds slipped on the last day of March, ending the month on a muted note after a wild quarter that pushed the markets into a correction before clawing back the losses on swift rebound. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.5% over the first quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, the […]

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) […]

As investors gear up for a volatile market in the year ahead, more aggressive exchange traded fund investors have utilized leveraged and inverse products to quickly adapt and capitalize on shifting market conditions. On the upcoming webcast, Tactical Strategies to Combat Market Volatility, Sylvia Jablonski, Managing Director and Co-Head of the Capital Markets & Institutional Strategy […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Each week ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon (above right) discusses “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where he highlights big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, Tom looks at the SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (XME). He discusses the mining industry gaining momentum, notably a rebound in […]

The sudden surge of interest for gold-related exchange traded funds on safe-haven demand has lead to suspended creation of new shares for a BlackRock iShares gold ETF. The iShares Delaware Trust Sponsor LLC has temporarily suspended the creation of new shares of iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) until additional shares are registered with the Securities […]

Precious metals exchange traded funds have surged this year as market volatility triggered safe-haven demand. However, silver has been lagging gold in the recent upturn. Year-to-date, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) rose over 8.0%. In contrast, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) […]

Gold may be the best performing asset class of February but precious metals miners and sector-related exchange traded funds capitalized on the bullion rally. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) gained 9.4% over the past month, with Comex gold futures now trading around $1,234.2 per ounce. Gold strengthened in February and is on course for […]

As volatility ramps up, market swings may jerk around a traditional portfolio of stocks and bonds. Instead, investors may help smooth out the ride with a gold exchange traded fund. While gold may look expensive, Deutsche Bank argues that the hard asset serves as insurance against rising economic risks and market turmoil, reports Leslie Shaffer […]

The market sell-off has dragged on growth stocks. With the Nasdaq recovering, some sector exchange traded funds may surprise investors. While a rebound in growth stocks may cause investors to turn back to the PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), which tracks the tech heavy Nasdaq-100, the technology sector may not be the best area to look […]

Gold-related exchange traded funds were tarnished Tuesday as a risk-on sentiment helped drive growth assets and weighed on safe-haven investments. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) fell 2.8% Tuesday as Comex gold futures dropped 2.9% to $1,204.1 per ounce. Meanwhile, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest and most heavily traded gold […]

While gold miner stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds look cheap after underperforming broader equities for years, some caution investors against betting too heavily on this area of the market as the sector rallies on strengthening bullion prices. “We believe that gold miners are a value trap for now,” ETF Securities’ James Butterfill, Head of […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I looked at the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX). The downtrodden gold miner sector finally shines. Click here to listen to the podcast. The opinions […]

Precious metals exchange traded funds have regained their footing and may continue to shine as favorable fundamentals help support the hard assets. For instance, on the recent webcast, Outlook 2016: Don’t Believe the Hype, James Butterfill, Executive Director and Head of Research & Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, argues that deflationary risks have been exaggerated […]

With global markets on shaky grounds, commodity exchange traded fund investors should take a step back and prepare for the year ahead. On the upcoming webcast, Outlook 2016: Don’t Believe the Hype, James Butterfill, Executive Director and Head of Research & Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, will discuss various points of interest, like the Federal […]

The lackluster earnings season and ongoing economic weakness have caused exchange traded fund investors to shift away from riskier equity markets into more conservative, safe-haven assets. According to EPFR data, investors redeemed over $10 billion from U.S. equity funds in the week ended February 4, the fifth constitutive week funds have recorded an outflow, reports […]

Gold bullion and precious metal-related exchange traded funds have regained their luster this year, and hard asset may continue to shine as safe-haven demand and central bank inaction help attract investors. ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon recently appeared on CNBC’s Futures Now to talk the recent surge in interest for gold assets. For instance, the […]