ETF Trends
ETF Trends

Investors have been salivating for an exchange traded product that gives access to platinum, and now UBS is granting it with two new exchange traded notes (ETNs).

The E-TRACS UBS Long Platinum (PTM) and the E-TRACS UBS Short Platinum (PTD) will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Barclay’s sought to launch a platinum exchange traded fund (ETF) awhile back, but the platinum industry voiced opposition, reports Heather Bell for Index Universe.

The new ETNs get around this concern by likely being based on futures contracts, which are typically settled in cash. The supply and demand of platinum wouldn’t be immediately affected.

Until now, the only way to get exposure to platinum in the United States was through the Elements MLCX Precious Metals Index (PMY), which follows a benchmark of precious metals that includes platinum.

Platinum closed at $1961 an ounce yesterday, and is trading higher today.

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