With gold prices back to one-month highs, investors may consider alternative index-based gold miner ETFs to capitalize on the strengthening bullion.
Unlike traditional market cap-weighted funds, SGDM and SGDJ follow a factor-based or smart-beta indexing methodology that can potentially enhance returns.
Specifically, SGDM follows mid- to large-cap gold miners but the underlying index weights components based on quarterly revenue growth on a year-over-year basis and the quality of its balance sheet as measured by long-term debt to equity.
By focusing on balance sheet strength, the fund has greater exposure to companies with lower long-term debt to equity ratio, which have a greater ability to weather potential downturns.
The underlying index provides a “Transparent, rules-based methodology designed to overweight gold stocks with attractive investment merits relative to the other stocks in the index,” according to Sprott.
Additionally, SGDJ tracks small-cap gold miners but weighs its components based on revenue growth and price momentum.[related_stories]
Unlike SGDM, SDGJ focuses on price momentum, which helps identify leading junior gold miners driven by factors like new discovery, mine development or joint ventures.