|Bid||0.00 x 0|
|Ask||0.00 x 0|
|Day's Range||118.58 - 119.08|
|52 Week Range||117.48 - 132.10|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.39%|
In an interview with CNBC on July 19, President Trump said that he wasn’t “thrilled” about the Fed raising the rates. He said, “Because we go up and every time you go up they want to raise rates again. I don’t really — I am not happy about it. But at the same time I’m letting them do what they feel is best.” Usually, presidents don’t interfere or comment on the Fed’s decisions. The market knows President Trump’s views on interest rates.
While fund managers are bullish on US equities (SPY), there is still no lack of concern. In the BAML (Bank of America Merrill Lynch) July 2018 survey, for the third month in the last five months, trade war concerns were cited as the top concern of global fund managers. A total of 60% of the fund managers surveyed cited the trade war risk as the top tail risk.
A yield curve tracks the yields of Treasury securities maturing at different time periods. The narrowing of the difference between these yields is usually referred to as the “flattening of the yield curve.” The more concerning thing is when the yield curve (BND) inverts, which means that the yields on shorter duration securities increase those on the longer-term securities. The inversion of the yield curve has been a good indicator of an upcoming recession in the past.
Gold tested the low end of its trading range in May. As gold has shown price weakness ahead of Fed rate increases, we expect gold to continue to drift around the bottom of the range until the expected rate increase on June 12. Futures positioning and flows into gold bullion exchange traded products suggest gold is poised for another post-Fed meeting rally. The immediate challenge comes from strong economic growth and robust jobs numbers that bolster the case for higher interest rates.
The second half of 2018 should be very interesting for the gold market. The chart shows the gold price has formed a wedge or pennant pattern that has been in place for several years. The positive aspect of this pattern is the trend of higher lows.
Gold remained resilient in May, as the U.S. dollar strengthened considerably. The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY)1 gained 2.4% and closed the month at its highs for the year, driven by new fears of an Italian debt default and EU breakup. Populist parties from the left and right are attempting to form a coalition government that would likely drive Italy further into debt and to promote initiatives that would enable Italy to exit the euro.
As we’ve seen so far in this series, gold tends to influence the price movement of precious metal miners. In this article, we’ll take a look at the correlations of selected miners with gold. Gold is the most dominant of the precious metals, and silver, platinum, and palladium are known to closely track its trends.
Gold continues to offer good returns, and investors who are interested in owning the precious metal may consider buying shares in a gold exchange-traded fund (ETF). These funds are managed by gold experts, so you stand a better chance of making money than you would on your own.
One of the primary selling points for many exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is that these products offer annual expense ratios that are, in many cases, significantly below those found on actively managed mutual funds. The ETF fee battle appears to be making its way to the world of gold ETFs, as media reports out Friday indicate that the World Gold Council (WGC) is planning to launch a new, low-cost gold fund. The World Gold Council (WGC) partners with State Street to bring the SPDR Gold Shares ( GLD) to investors.
There are several reasons for the underperformance: A lack of interest in safe-haven3 investments: While volatility has returned to markets this year, it has yet to reach worrying levels that might motivate investors to hedge their exposure. RBC Capital Markets reports the six-month trailing beta to gold of the VanEck Vectors® Gold Miners ETF has declined to 1.5x, compared to a historical average of 2.0x. The corresponding betas for the VanEck Vectors® Junior Gold Miners ETF is 1.7x and 2.2x, respectively. ...
Physical demand in India has been weak for a couple of years now due to import restrictions, taxation, and currency changes. While we wait for favorable developments from India, the positive trend in prices has been driven by investment demand for gold bullion exchange traded products (ETPs). According to the WGC (World Gold Council), though gold (SGOL) demand in India increased 9% in 2017 to 727 tons, it was much less than the average five-year demand of 810 tons.
The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and other gold-backed exchange traded products traded slightly lower last week. Ahead of the upcoming Federal Reserve meeting, some ...
The recent market twists, President Donald Trump’s surprise tariff moves and the Federal Reserve’s ongoing monetary tightening all reveal potential cracks in the ongoing bullish environment that could ...
As investors consider ways to diversify a stock and bond portfolio, it may be prudent to consider alternative assets like commodity ETFs that offer potentially uncorrelated returns to traditional assets. ...
The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and other gold-backed exchange traded products traded slightly lower last week, but some traders believe the yellow metal is still ...
After the recent bout of market volatility, investors may want to consider alternative assets like precious metals exchange traded funds that zig as traditional assets zag. “Adding a precious metals allocation ...