Why Investors Have Gold ETFs on the Brain | ETF Trends

The markets are bearing down on investors, and many are searching for a place to hide. Can gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) offer the safe haven that investors are craving?

In recent days, gold has continued its long-term advance to record high levels even as the U.S. dollar put in a rather sizeable five-and-a-half-month rally. Rising gold on a rising dollar tells us that there is something bigger than currency movements drawing investors to this traditional safe-haven asset, explains Michael Kahn for MarketWatch.

So far, long-term bull market signs are not a risk, so any short-term losses can be justified with long-term gains. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca:GLD) has a similar trendline from its own 2008 low in the 116 area so that would be the place to start, says Kahn. [Gold Hits a New Milestone.]

For now, gold-related shares and probably more of a risk than the investment in the metal itself. For instance, Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) has lost more than two-thirds of its value compared with less than one-third for the GLD gold ETF.

Also, iShares COMEX Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) is undergoing some changes. The provider has recently done a 10-for-one share split and they’ve updated the FAQ and fact sheet. [Why Gold is Getting Attention.]

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Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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