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South African mining companies experience their best month in 17 years Miners enjoy improved margins due to a surge in prices on raw materials However, South Africa’s mining industry remains vulnerable to slowing global growth The rally in global miners fueled a surge in South Africa’s equities market and country-specific exchange trade fund, with South […]

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 […]

Gold and other precious metals-related exchange traded funds could continue to gain momentum as the Federal Reserve takes a more dovish stance, but a low inflation outlook may keep a lid on gains. Gold ETFs, including tthe SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), […]

A platinum-related exchange traded fund surged back above its short-term trend line Monday as the ongoing market volatility pushed investors to safe-haven precious metals and bargain hunters jumped on the cheaper value in the white metal. The ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT) rose 3.4% Monday and broke back above its 50-day simple moving average […]

Precious metals have been losing their shine on interest rate expectations and a stronger U.S. dollar. However, with more observers anticipating a gradual Federal Reserve rate hike, bullion-related exchange traded funds surged Friday. Leading the charge, the ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) jumped 5.1% Friday while the palladium spot price rose 5.4% to $567.4 […]

After a stellar October, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds had a more tepid November, with traders waiting for a potential rate hike in December. Over November, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.6%, the Nasdaq Composite was 0.4% lower and the S&P 500 dipped 1.1%. The best performing non-leveraged ETFs over […]

Ongoing global risks could continue to drag on commodity markets and related exchange traded funds, but it may leave opportunities to jump into some commodities, notably precious metals. On the recent webcast, The Global Economy: Divergence, Commodities and the Dollar, Helen Henton, director commodities at Roubini Global Economics, points out that global economies still face […]

Investors who are crafting a diversified investment portfolio should consider commodity-related exchange traded fund exposure that helps provide non-correlated returns to traditional assets like stocks and bonds. On the upcoming webcast, The Global Economy: Divergence, Commodities and the Dollar, Mike McGlone, head of U.S. research at ETF Securities, and Helen Henton, director commodities at Roubini […]

Palladium prices and commodity-related exchange traded fund surged to over a two-month high Wednesday after China pledged drastic measures to cut emissions and confidence in diesel engine vehicles was tainted in the wake of the Volkswagen fallout. The ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) rose 5.8% Wednesday, jumping over its 50-day simple moving average. PALL […]

The platinum exchange traded fund could outshine other precious metals over the next few years as a sharp drop off in capital investments could begin to weigh on supply. The ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT) has increased 3.9% over the past month but is still down 18.0% year-to-date. PPLT is currently testing its 50-day […]

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 […]

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 […]

Precious metals-related exchange traded funds are under pressure ahead of the Federal Reserve’s meeting this week, with speculators driving up bond yields and the U.S. dollar. “Rising yields have supported the US Dollar and, for the second consecutive week, continued to weigh on the precious metals sector,” according to ETF Securities analysts Mike McGlone and […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This Thursday, I took a look at the ETFS Physical Platinum Shares ETF (NYSEArca: PPLT). Platinum, unlike gold, enjoys a strong industrial demand component. Click here to listen […]

The ongoing volatility in South Africa and improved car sales are bolstering exchange traded funds that track platinum group metals, with platinum moving toward a 10-month high and palladium touching a two-week high. The ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) was up 1.2% Tuesday, while the ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT) was 1.5% higher. […]

The five-month miner strike in South Africa has ended, but platinum exchange traded fund investors may still see low supply and elevated prices over the short-term as normal mining operations slowly get back online. The ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT) was up 0.9% Tuesday. PPLT has gained 5.9% year-to-date. [ETF Chart of the Day: […]

A fund that debuted at the beginning of 2010 to serve a niche, physical Platinum exposure, PPLT (ETFS Physical Platinum Shares, Expense Ratio 0.60%) has grown into the tenth largest fund in terms of AUM in the “Commodity” space at this point with about $765 million. Of course, there are some behemoths such as GLD […]

Given the production halts weighing on the supply side and strengthening global economy supporting the demand side, strong fundamentals will continue to support palladium and platinum exchange traded funds. HSBC’s James Steel and his team believe the platinum group metal prices are being bolstered by tighter fundamentals, reports Teresa Rivas for Barron’s. Specifically, labor strikes […]

Absa Capital, the company behind the largest platinum exchange traded fund in the world, is set to launch a palladium ETF listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on March 27. “We’ll be listing the fund on Thursday,” Absa’s head of exchange-traded products Vladimir Nedeljkovic said said in a Reuters article. The NewPalladium ETF will be […]

As strikes and mining disruptions in South Africa, the world’s largest platinum producer, continue, physically backed platinum exchange traded fund holdings have surged with holdings rising to record highs. Platinum ETFs now hold a record 2.215 million ounces of the white metal, or about seven months in supply, Reuters reports. The Johannesburg-listed NewPlat ETF (NGPLTJ.J), […]

The largest platinum exchange traded fund experienced its largest outflows on record after platinum prices in South African rands touched a five-and-a-half year high, with the currency dipping to a five-year low against the U.S. dollar. The NewPlat ETF (NGPLTJ.J) saw platinum holdings diminish by 16,019 ounces to 885,206 ounces last week, the largest one-week […]

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 0.50%), and this presents an opportunity to speak about a related […]

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 global growth and demand from China, often the 800-pound gorilla in […]

Platinum prices could strengthen as the market experiences a growing disparity between supply and increased global demand in autocatalyts, jewelry and exchange traded fund investments. Johnson Matthey, a precious metals refiner, estimates that gross demand for platinum could hit a record 8.42 million ounces this year, or up 4.8% year-over-year, due to strong industrial and […]

With gold losing its luster, precious metals exchange traded fund investors can look at platinum as a rapidly growing middle class in China helps sustain demand for the white metal. Jewelry demand makes up 35% of all platinum consumption, up from 26% in 2008, and Chinese jewelry demand accounts for 25% of overall platinum demand, […]

Gold and silver prices rally on the weak US data and dollar. Gold and silver prices continued to recover last week on the back of the delayed release of the September US unemployment report and on-going USD weakness. It is the third successive weaker-than-expected report, further deferring expectations of tapering of the US bond buying […]

Year-to-date, the ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT), the lone U.S.-listed ETF backed solely by physical holdings of the white metal, is down 7.3%. That sounds bad, but when measured against the largest gold ETF (down almost 21%) and the largest silver ETF (down nearly 26%), PPLT looks pretty good. Things could get even better […]

Gold and silver prices rallied strongly last week after the US passed a bill to reopen the government and suspend the federal debt limit until 7 February 2014. The rally in gold and silver prices may seem counter-intuitive at first given their safe haven reputations. However, it has to be remembered that both gold and […]

Early signs markets starting to take default risk seriously. The gold price fell last week despite the US government shutdown, a weaker dollar, and generally weaker than expected US economic data, indicating that short term investors continue to engage in “buy the rumor, sell the fact” gold trading activity. Silver was the precious metals stalwart, […]