Gold ETFs helped fuel the precious metal’s historic rally as the exchange-listed funds allowed investors to buy gold in one trade without the hassles of transporting or storing bullion.
Although gold prices have weakened to under $1,600 an ounce, investors in bullion-backed ETFs haven’t rushed for the exits. They’ve generally stayed the course so far, which suggests investors in gold ETFs have a long-term bullish view on the precious metal. [Gold ETFs Decline in Risk-Off Trade]
Commerzbank strategists in a Barron’s report said it was the biggest single-day outflow since August 2011 and the selling must be regarded as a “negative sign” for gold.
“ETF investors have shown themselves to be unbothered to date by the reduction in the price of gold given that nothing much has changed in terms of how the yellow metal’s long-term prospects are judged,” Commerzbank said in a note, according to the Barron’s story. “If even ETF investors are now being caught up in the selling pull, this could point to a change in the long-term view of these investors.”
Gold holdings in bullion-backed funds listed around the globe are hovering near record highs of about 2,400 metric tons, according to Bloomberg.
Some analysts speculate that heavy outflows in gold ETFs could exacerbate a sell-off in precious metals. [Could Gold ETFs Worsen a Price Decline?]