While the economy languishes, mining stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are flourishing and are experiencing their best rally since the financial downturn. Leading the charge on Thursday, the iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SLVP) bounced 7.8% higher, Global X Copper Miners ETF (NYSEArca: COPX) jumped 6.3% and Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF […]

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), […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Investors have previously turned to silver exchange traded funds as an asset with a safe store of value and as a metal with wide industrial application in a growing economy. However, the precious metal is now suffering from a bad turn on both fronts. Over the past year, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) fell […]

Investors who are thinking about a precious metal position may want to take a look at silver bullion and related exchange traded funds as an alternative to gold. However, the metals may face short-term risk in a rising rate environment. Year-to-date, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 1.3%, ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) […]

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 […]

After a series of weak U.S. economic data points, gold bullion and related exchange traded funds look more polished and are trading back above their short-term trend lines. However, a slowly strengthening economy could mean an eventual downfall in the safe-haven asset. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has gained 4.1% over the past month […]

Silver-related exchange exchange traded funds could outshine other precious metals as favorable fundamentals provide support. Year-to-date, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose 8.2%, ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) gained 8.6% and PowerShares DB Silver Fund (NYSEArca: DBS) increased 8.4%. In contrast, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) only added 0.6% so far this […]

Silver bullion and related exchange traded funds have been steadily weakening over the past three years but the market may be at an inflection point. Year-to-date, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) fell almost 20%. However, looking at the monthly performances, silver is forming what technical analysts call […]

Among all that glitters, the palladium exchange traded fund is outperforming while silver ETFs have been the most tarnished in the precious metals group. The ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) has increased 8.9% year-to-date, leading the precious metals pack. The palladium spot prices is currently hovering around $780.8 per ounce. While 80% of commodity […]

Silver prices and related exchange traded funds are outshining gold Tuesday, jumping on safe-haven hedges, cheap valuations and short covering. On Tuesday, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) was up 4.3% and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) was 4.4% higher. Meanwhile, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) rose 2.2%. The precious metal ETFs are […]

After the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries decided to keep output quotas unchanged, silver exchange traded funds plunged Friday, weakening on the diminished inflation outlook and potentially lower demand from the solar sector. On Friday, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) declined 6.5%. COMEX silver futures fell 6.3% […]

Institutions have been slowly building up their inflation hedges and the average investor can also shield themselves against the negative effects of inflation through exchange traded funds that track real assets. Institutional-class investors, including multibillion-dollar pensions, endowments and foundaments, have been slowly and quietly hoarding real assets as an inflation hedge in response to the […]

Treasury inflation protected securities have been used as a go-to hedge for rising prices. However, there are a number of other assets and exchange traded funds investors can utilize to shield against inflationary pressures. “A lot of people think TIPS are a magic bullet for their portfolio,” Greg Ghodsi, managing director of investments at 360 […]

After touching new highs, the broad equities market and stock exchange traded funds ended September on a more solemn note, weakening on geopolitical tensions and the Federal Reserve’s inclination toward monetary tightening. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.3% over the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite increased 2.5% and the S&P 500 added 0.9%. […]

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 […]

ETN spotlight on the Credit Suisse Silver Shares Covered Call ETN (Nasdaq: SLVO), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $25.4 million Objective: The ETN is designed to reflect the performance of the Credit Suisse NASDAQ SIlver FLOWS 106 Index, which measures the return of the covered call strategy on the shares of the iShares Silver […]

Issuing a bad omen for commodity-related exchange traded funds, the World Bank believes precious metals, oil and soft commodity prices are set to drop. Broad commodity ETFs have underperformed the broader market this year, with the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) flat, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: […]

Gold endured its worst one-day performance of 2014 as futures and bullion-backed exchange traded funds were hit with some profit-taking. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) lost 2.3% on volume that was 64% above the daily average as investors scurried into U.S. stocks and other riskier assets on talk of light physical demand and speculation […]

Highlighted by Thursday’s action, excitement is rising for precious metals exchange traded funds, including both the physically-backed and equity-based varieties. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the largest gold ETF by assets, jumped 3.5% on volume that was roughly three and a half times the daily average. Thursday turned out to be GLD’s fourteenth-best one-day […]

Rebounding bullion prices are pulling up gold and silver stock exchange traded funds, with junior miners breaking above their short-term trends and looking to test long-term resistance levels. The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) was up 0.5% Wednesday while the PureFunds ISE Junior Silver ETF (NYSEArca: SILJ) increased 2.1%. Over the past […]

The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) have posted double-digit losses over the past three months, but silver’s recent struggles could give way to higher prices in the months ahead. “Often viewed by investors as a leveraged play on gold, silver is an attractive longer term portfolio diversifier […]

Despite the dip in silver bullion prices, exchange traded funds that track silver prices continued to attract investment interest, revealing investors’ faith in the precious metal. Since the February 24 high, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) has declined 12.4%. Nevertheless, SLV has attracted $116.1 million in inflows since the high, according to data. […]

Shares of the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX), the largest and most heavily traded Russia ETF, are higher by nearly 2% Monday despite news that the White House has bolstered economic sanctions against Russia by freezing assets of 17 Russian firms. OAO Rosneft, RSX’s seventh-largest holding at 5.1% of the ETF’s weight, is one […]

SLV (iShares Silver, Expense Ratio 0.50%) June 19 calls traded in good size yesterday and with the ETF trading in the $18.70 range, these options are slightly out of the money. We note that SLV has traded as low as $18.26 on an intraday basis on three occasions since last December, and before yesterday’s intraday […]

While equities wilt as tensions in Ukraine escalate, gold’s safe-haven status is proving alluring with investors rushing to the yellow metal as a shelter-from-the-storm play. Gold futures climbed last month, helping some of the major exchange traded funds backed by holdings of physical gold to see their first month of inflows in over a year. […]