ETF Spotlight: Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) | ETF Trends

ETF Spotlight on Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX), part of a weekly series.

Assets: $6.9 billion

Objective: Tracks the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index

Holdings: Some of the top companies in the fund are the world’s largest gold mining corporations, including Barrick Gold , Goldcorp, Newmont Mining and Anglogold.

What You Should Know

  • As gold prices have soared, so have the assets in GDX; in the last year, assets have risen 53%
  • The majority of the fund’s 31 holdings are large-cap corporations, which makes up 83.9% of the holdings; another 12% of the fund is mid-caps and 4% is small-caps.
  • Most of the fund’s holdings are Canadian corporations, which make up 60%; the United States accounts for 14% and South Africa is 13.2%.
  • A small portion of GDX – 7.5%, to be exact – is silver miners.

The Latest News

  • The higher gold’s price goes, so will the profit margins of the corporations that mine the metal; it costs around $250 to extract an ounce of gold. [Time to Short Gold With ETFs?]
  • Equity ETFs are an alternative to gold ETFs that own futures or hold the metal.
  • The benefits include: exposure to the expertise of mining company CEOs, god miner ETFs don’t experience the same price swings that gold might. [Gold ETFs Shine On.]
  • Gold these days is serving a number of benefits: inflation hedge, store of value and safe-haven protection.

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