“Bullion has dropped about 8 percent this year, and in September capped a sixth month of declines, the worst run since 1997. The retreat has been driven by a rising dollar, Fed rate hikes, and a sell-off in holdings in exchange-traded funds. While global trade tensions haven’t provided a boost, prices have steadied at about $1,200 in the past two months,” according to Bloomberg.

Related: It May Finally be Time to Look at Gold Miners ETFs

Investors have turned to GLD as a quick and easy way to gain exposure to gold price movements as they hedge against market risks, help protect their purchasing power in times of inflationary pressures or capitalize on increasing demand from the emerging markets with a growing middle-income class.

For more information on the gold market, visit our gold category.

Tom Lydon’s clients own shares of GLD.

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