Is Your ETF Portfolio Ready for the Fed

As we head into the second half of the year, exchange traded fund investors should consider potential headwinds like the eventual Federal Reserve interest rate hike and think about how to prepare their portfolios accordingly.

On the upcoming webcast, June Update: Central Bank Separation Anxiety, Brian Novak, Senior Managing Director at Astor Investment Management, James Butterfill, Head of Research and Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, and Mike Cameron, Head of Institutional Sales at ETF Securities, will look at global central bank policies and how they affect the metals market.

“Fundamentals are supportive of precious metals amidst the current risk backdrop,” ETF Securities Executive Director Steven Dunn said in a note.

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For example, fragile risk appetite may bolster the appeal of gold. Looking ahead, rising concerns over China’s debt problems and weaker earnings releases in the U.S. and Europe could support gold prices. Additionally, Dunn pointed out that long positions in gold continued to trend higher, rising 23% and supporting investors’ bullishness toward the precious metal.

Meanwhile, silver has shown some relative weakness compared to gold as the rising gold-to-silver ratio currently sits at 76. Nevertheless, investors are warming up to silver, with net long positioning expanded in silver to a record high of 80,275 contracts, according to Dunn.