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Ahead of the Federal Reserve announcement at its annual Jackson Hole meeting, gold prices dipped to a four-week low, with gold miners and sector-related exchange traded funds breaking below a key level. The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) dropped 4.5% Wednesday, plummeting below its support at the short-term, 50-day simple moving average. On […]

Precious metals have been among best performers this year, but investors shouldn’t wait for conditions to be just right before looking into gold allocations. Gold should not be used as part of a market-timing trade, but rather as a core investment portfolio diversifier, Jerry C. Wagner, President and Founder of Flexible Plan Investments, said on […]

In a world awash of easy money and rising uncertainty, investors and advisors should consider allocating a portion of their portfolio to hard assets like gold to help stabilize their investments against swings in traditional assets. On the upcoming webcast this Thursday, What’s the Optimal Percent Allocation to Gold?, Jerry C. Wagner, President and Founder […]

Gold prices inched higher Tuesday, despite conflicting views from Federal Reserve officials. As the U.S. waits for the Fed announcement, traders may consider a bearish or inverse gold exchange traded funds to hedge against a more hawkish outlook. On Tuesday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold […]

In a year in which precious metals are among the best-performing asset classes, the ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT) and the ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) are delivering for investors. There are good reasons to consider platinum and palladium ETFs. Fundamentals also support the palladium outlook as the market remains in a supply […]

Global central bankers’ ever-looser monetary policies and increased uncertainties helped drive investment demand for gold bullion and related exchange traded funds to record highs for the first six months of the year. According to the World Gold Council, over the first-half of the year, investment demand for gold, which includes bars and coins and demand from […]

Bullion and precious metals miners have benefited from the recent shift toward safe-haven assets and ongoing accommodative monetary policies around the world. However, miners and related exchange traded funds could continue to outperform in a strengthening gold environment. Year-to-date, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold […]

The palladium exchange traded fund jumped Wednesday as increased Chinese car sales fueled speculation that demand could outstrip auto supplies. The ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) rose 4.5% Wednesday and was up 23.0% year-to-date. Meanwhile, the palladium spot price was 4.4% higher to $720.66 per ounce. Palladium prices are shining after data showed Chinese […]

After a better-than-expected July jobs report, speculation over a potential Federal Reserve rate hike this year and a strengthening U.S. dollar pummeled gold and miners-related exchange traded funds. On Friday, the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) fell 3.2% and VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) declined 3.3% while the SPDR Gold […]

Precious metals- and miners-related exchange traded funds stumbled Monday ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting this week as traders speculate that the Federal Reserve will hike U.S. interest rates this year. On Monday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest physically backed gold ETF, fell 0.3%, iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV) […]

Gold and U.S. dollar exchange traded funds are moving in separate directions again after a strengthening U.S. economy renewed speculation that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates before the end of the year. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) rose 0.2% Wednesday and is trading back above its 200-day simple […]

As the equities market swings, traders have incorporated leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds to jump on short-term opportunities and hedge around events, like the Brexit vote. “If ever there was a market environment for uncertainty hedging, it is now,” Andy O’Rourke, Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer at Direxion, told ETF Trends on a […]

The precious metals market and related exchange traded funds have done a complete one-eighty compared to 2015 and may continue to end the year strong as ongoing uncertainty would support safe-haven demand. “We believe market uncertainty to keep strong support for precious metals – particularly gold and silver – for some time and that will […]

Gold has helped stock investors even out the ride in a volatile market environment. Instead of investing in two separate assets, exchange traded fund investors can also diversify their portfolios with a kind of two-in-one gold and equity strategy. On the recent webcast, Revealed: A Full Gold and Equities Exposure Strategy, Guy Adami, Director at […]

In a post-Brexit world, many have included a gold hedge to diminish further swings from more volatile equity exposure. On the other hand, investors can turn to a single exchange traded fund strategy that implements full exposure to gold and equities simultaneously. On an upcoming webcast, Revealed: A Full Gold and Equities Exposure Strategy, Guy […]

Silver exchange traded funds are surging, with silver bullion set for its best weekly gain in almost three years and the precious metal approaching a two-year high. Over the past week, the iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 8.3% and Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SIL) gained 12.3%. Year-to-date, SLV is up 35.4% […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds extended its post-Brexit rally on the last day of June, ending the first half of the year on a positive note after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney assuaged market fears and signaled a potential rate cut over the summer. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.6% over […]

As the Brexit referendum results triggered a global risk-off event, exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track safe-haven plays surged on the increased volatility. For instance, gold jumped the most since the 2008 financial downturn as traders turned to the Brexit haven, Bloomberg reports. Gold futures jumped as much as 8.1% on three times the average […]

Palladium exchange traded funds bounced Wednesday after China revealed a surge in vehicle sales, and the white metal could continue to outperform as global consumers continue to buy new automobiles. The ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) rose 1.7% Wednesday as the palladium spot prices gained 1.2% to $558.8 per ounce. PALL was down 2.4% […]

The slow economic outlook coupled with uncertainty over central bank policies and a U.K. referendum have pressured the equities markets. Investors, though, can mitigate the risks by diversifying into exchange traded funds that track safe-haven assets. Among the list of concerns, an ongoing earnings recession in the U.S., an upcoming U.S. presidential election, an unclear […]

After a volatile start to the year, precious metals exchange traded fund advisors will have to consider factors beyond market risks. On the recent webcast, June Update: Central Bank Separation Anxiety, James Butterfill, Head of Research and Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, pointed out that world growth has stabilized, the likelihood of a global recession […]

As we head into the second half of the year, exchange traded fund investors should consider potential headwinds like the eventual Federal Reserve interest rate hike and think about how to prepare their portfolios accordingly. On the upcoming webcast, June Update: Central Bank Separation Anxiety, Brian Novak, Senior Managing Director at Astor Investment Management, James […]

Gold-related exchange traded funds surged Friday after updated employment data revealed employers in May added the fewest workers in almost six years, fueling speculation the Federal Reserve may push off an interest rate hike this month. On Friday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 2.4% and VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) jumped […]

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 […]