Precious Metal ETFs Enjoy Spike in Safe-Haven Demand

“It seems like a perfect storm of factors re-pricing the reflation trade that we’ve seen since the election,” Michael Lorizio, a senior trader at Manulife Asset Management, told Bloomberg. “As the global macro picture gets muddied a bit by some strong words from North Korea and the president’s tweets, that’s spooked markets that were already in a bit of a risk-off tone to begin with.”

Comex gold futures were up 1.8% Tuesday to $1,276.2 per ounce, climbing to a five-month high.

While these events may help prop up precious metals over the short-term, gold may still have legs in the long-term as well.

“But at the same time, macro factors that drive the U.S. economy are going to continue to be beneficial for investment demand for gold globally,” Maxwell told ETF Trends. “The likelihood of two further rate hikes by the Fed this year have already been priced in. And we’ve been seeing this behavior as we approach closer to June.”

Given the negative effects of a Federal Reserve rate hike and a strengthening U.S. dollar would have on gold have already been priced in, other fundamental factors, such as increased demand from the emerging markets, may continue to support gold’s outlook over the long-haul.

Consequently, investors who want to use precious metals as a short-term hedge and even a long-term play on improving fundamentals may consider a number of physically backed metals-related ETFs as a way to diversify a traditional stock and portfolio, including ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR), ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (NYSEArca: PPLT) and ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL). ETF investors can also use the ETFS Physical Precious Metals Basket Shares (NYSEArca: GLTR) as a catch-all of all four precious metals.

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