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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Peruvian equities and country-specific exchange traded fund investors breathed a sigh of relief as a recent ruling helped ease fears that MSCI indexing would downgrade the emerging market to frontier status. The iShares MSCI All Peru Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPU) gained 2.8% Friday. Peru has also been one of the best performing emerging market this […]

Federal Reserve interest rate uncertainty is good for gold and bullion-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) whether there is a rate increase or not. In previous periods when the Federal Reserve had been slow to raise rates in line with inflation, gold prices benefited, according to a ETF Securities note, and the Fed seems to be […]

Gold can be used in multiple ways to diversify a traditional stock and bond portfolio, and investors can gain exposure to the asset through physically backed exchange traded funds (ETFs). “Gold ETFs can play an integral role in a diversified portfolio, offering a number of approaches ranging from core to tactical strategies for both advisors […]

After the U.S. economy added the fewest workers in seven months, gold and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) jumped, with the bullion heading toward its largest gain in a week. On Friday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) rose 1.0% as Comex […]

Each week ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon sits down for “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, Lydon looked at the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV). Among precious metals, silver has been outperforming. Click here to listen to the podcast. The opinions […]

As the gold market makes an impressive bull run this year, precious metals exchange traded fund (ETF) investors will have to watch a handful of factors to gauge how far the rally can keep going. Year-to-date, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) […]

Gold bullion and commodity-related exchange traded funds surged to a 15-month high Friday on a depreciating U.S. dollar, along with rising risk-off sentiment with a equity market pullback. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) rose 1.8% Friday as Comex gold futures gained […]

Silver exchange traded funds have regained their luster this year. Along with rallying with its golden counterpart as a safe store of wealth, silver bullion may be strengthening on increased industrial demand while global economies rebound. Silver and other precious metals enjoyed safe-haven demand as the equities market plunged into a correction. The metal also […]

Gold exchange traded funds have been a bright spot in the markets this year as an extended low-rate environment, depreciating U.S. dollar and volatility pushed investors into the hard asset. At the start of the year, gold enjoyed safe-haven demand as the equities market plunged into a correction. Gold maintained its momentum as the Federal […]

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 […]

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% […]

Mining stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds surged Monday ahead of Alcoa (NYSE: AA) earnings report and on strengthening precious metals. The SPDR Metals & Mining ETF (NYSEArca: XME) jumped 3.9% Monday. XME increased 38.2% year-to-date. The metals & mining sector advanced Monday as investors braced for the first quarter results with Alcoa unofficially kicking […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Commodities market is currently experiencing a supply side destruction U.S. oil rig count has been on the decline, and the market tends to anticipate that it will push up prices Consequently, with breakeven costs at $45 per barrel due to roll costs, many traders are now looking at MLPs where payouts are sustainable Master limited […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]