Gold and gold miners have been all over the place this year. Often, we think of gold as a safe haven and defensive play, and often it is. But sometimes it’s in its own cycle or just another asset for people to sell in times of trouble. This year, gold is playing its role as a safe haven and is up 3% during a flat and tumultuous market. But for some reason, the miners are acting more like other stocks—and, at some periods, even worse than the market. That behavior is relatively curious, especially given gold’s outperformance.