Precious Metals

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 […]

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 […]

As global markets plunged deeper into a correction, investors exited stock exchange traded funds for the third straight week. According to EPFR data, U.S. stock funds experienced $4.2 billion in withdrawals for the week ended January 20, which added to the worst three-week period of outflows since April, Reports Eric Platt for the Financial Times. […]

Upbeat U.S. economic data and a less anxious market are tarnishing the safe-haven gold trade, with precious metals miners and sector-related exchange traded funds among the worst performers Friday. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) dipped 1.0% Friday while the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) fell 3.7% and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners […]

Another round of global uncertainty is bolstering the gold trade, with the precious metals miners and sector-related exchange traded funds shining in the equities space. On Wednesday, the Sprott Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SGDM) rose 2.9%, iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: RING) gained 2.5% and Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) increased […]

Gold bullion and miner sector-related exchange traded funds are enjoying a happy New Year as a bout of uncertainty helped drive safe-haven demand for the precious metal. Gold miner ETFs were among the best performers Monday, with the iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: RING) up 3.1%, Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: […]

After a Federal Reserve-induced multi-year rally in equities, exchange traded fund investors pulled out of U.S. stocks and shifted into international markets where people may still find more attractive valuations. For instance, the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HEDJ) was the most popular ETF of 2015, attracting close to $14.0 billion in net inflows […]

Interest rate-sensitive assets and related exchange traded funds were relatively unfazed by the Federal Reserve’s announced first rate hike since 2006, suggesting that the markets may have already priced in higher rates. The Federal Open Market Committee announced that it will raise the benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to between […]

Palladium and precious metals-related exchange traded fund shined Tuesday after the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association revealed the European Union car industry registered its second best monthly sales this year. The ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) rose 3.6% Tuesday. PALL, though, has declined 32.0% this year. The palladium spot price was up 3.1% mid-Tuesday, trading […]

U.S.-listed exchange traded funds continued to attract billions of dollars in November as low-cost passive strategies enticed investors in a volatile market. Erik Oja, S&P Capital IQ equity analyst covering asset managers, argues that long-term trend away from active funds to passive funds was exacerbated during the recent volatility, with BlackRock benefiting the most from […]

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 […]

In the current economic environment, gold bullion and related exchange traded funds are stuck in a rut, with the precious metal experiencing six-week losing streak and trading around six-year lows. Over the past six weeks since the October 16 close, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss […]

Broad commodity exchange traded funds are trading at all time lows as gold, copper and other commodities approach levels not seen since the global financial crisis. Year-to-date, the GreenHaven Continuous Commodity Index Fund (NYSEArca: GCC) fell 17.1%, PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) declined 20.8%, iPath Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return ETN […]

The strengthening U.S. dollar and greater likelihood of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike are tarnishing silver bullion-related exchange traded funds, with the precious metal trading at a six-year low. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) dipped 0.7% Wednesday and was trading near its lowest level since June 2009. SLV declined 9.0% over the past […]

Palladium prices and related exchange traded fund are plunging, along with other precious metals, as traders dump dollar-denominated metals on Federal Reserve interest rate speculation ahead of the jobs report. The ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) fell 3.3% Thursday after declining 7.3% over the past week. Palladium was the worst performing precious metal Thursday, […]

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 ETFS Physical Precious Metals Basket Shares (NYSEArca: GLTR). GLTR is a diversified approach to precious metals investments. Click here to listen to the podcast. […]

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 […]

Gold bullion and precious metals exchange traded fund traders are waiting on a bullish signal from the Federal Reserve, with many expecting the Fed to kick the interest-rate-hike can down the road. Gold ETFs have been strengthening. Over the past three months, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS […]

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 ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL). Palladium has been breaking out as the Volkswagen debacle, rising gasoline car demand and the delayed […]

More investors are turning to exchange traded funds as an easy way to access commodity market moves. As the commodity ETFs grow in size, the funds are beginning to play a larger role in commodity price formation. In a recent Société Générale note, Mark Keenan, head of commodity research Asia, and Dr. Michael Haigh, global […]

Precious metals miners-related exchange traded funds surged Friday, along with gold and silver prices, after the weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs data added to speculation that the Federal Reserve would hold off on tightening its monetary policy. On Friday, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest and most heavily traded gold miners ETF, increased […]

While some anticipate that a partial government shutdown ahead has diminished with the announced resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, safe-haven gold assets and related exchange traded funds could enjoy a short-term bounce if a deal does not go through. “If we do have a shutdown … the gold bugs are going to come out […]

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 equities market and stock exchange traded funds jumped after the Federal Reserve announced it will be standing pat on record low U.S. interest rates for now in light of the weak economy, stubbornly low inflation and unstable global markets. Fed officials voted nine to one in favor of keeping current interest rates, stating Thursday […]