|Bid||0.00 x 1400|
|Ask||15.21 x 2200|
|Day's Range||14.99 - 15.25|
|52 Week Range||11.80 - 15.25|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.00|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.17%|
Investors seeking a safe haven from the volatile stock market as trade war and global growth concerns persist are chasing the latest gold rush.
The stock market took a gut punch recently as a number of on-again, off-again headwinds started to blow at the same time. Investors quickly turned tail, seeking out more protective positions. Unsurprisingly, this trend led to an influx of inflows into some of the best defensive exchange-traded funds (ETFs).The Federal Reserve knocked Wall Street off-balance with a recent quarter-point drop in its benchmark Fed funds rate. Yes, it was the first such cut since the Great Recession. But some investors were hoping for a deeper reduction, and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's subsequent press conference kept experts guessing about whether future rate cuts were any more or less likely.The U.S.-China trade war escalated next. At the start of August, President Donald Trump threatened to slap a 10% tariff on another $300 billion in Chinese imports effective Sept. 1, prompting Beijing to threaten retaliation. So far, China has announced it will suspend imports of U.S. agricultural products and let its currency, the yuan, tumble to an 11-year-low. The latter move is expected to agitate Trump, who has accused Beijing of currency manipulation in the past.Standard & Poor's 500-stock index dropped quickly, losing almost 4% between the July 30 close (the day before the Fed announcement) and the Aug. 5 market open. Some investors are going to cash - but others are seeking out areas of the market that might rise as the market falls, or places to collect dividends while waiting out the volatility.Here, we examine 11 of the best ETFs to buy if you're looking for portfolio protection. This relatively small cluster of funds covers a lot of ground, including high-dividend sectors, low-volatility ETFs, gold, bonds and even a simple, direct market hedge. SEE ALSO: The Kip ETF 20: The 20 Best Cheap ETFs You Can Buy
Australia-based Perth Mint displayed a giant one-ton gold coin in front of New York Stock Exchange to promote Australian gold and its government-backed gold ETF AAAU.
The price of gold has been on the slide lately, falling more than 10% over the last five months as the dollar has rallied on bets of a continued strong U.S. economy. Nonetheless, the outlook is more positive for the rest of the year and next, with December gold futures currently holding above the key technical level of $1,200 per share.
Gold prices have shot up 6.7% in June, and could be getting ready to head higher. Exchange-traded funds offer an easy way to bet on rising gold prices.
The GraniteShares Gold Trust (NYSE Arca: BAR), one of the lowest-cost* gold ETFs on the market, has surpassed $500 million in assets under management (AUM) on the heels of recent market uncertainty. BAR debuted in August 2017 as a cost-effective vehicle to invest in physical gold and trades at an expense ratio of just 17.49 basis points. Since inception, BAR has continued to gain momentum as more investors recognize the benefits of diversifying their portfolios with gold.
The end of 2018 burned an image of volatility in investors’ minds that would drive their decisions when reassessing their portfolios for 2019. As such, alternatives to diversify and counteract volatility would be on the investment agenda, making ETFs like the commodities and precious metals a prime alternative.
Learning how to buy gold is a worthwhile endeavor, as the precious metal is a Swiss army knife, from a financial point of view. Gold is extremely rare. Gold doesn't lose its quality and structurally, will never decay.
Even as U.S. equities continue to see a resurgence in the first quarter of 2019, investors can still see a wall of worry growing in the backdrop, which is sparking concerns of a global economic slowdown. ...
Global uncertainty since late last year has spurred a renewed appetite for gold and gold-backed ETFs among investors looking for a safe-haven asset.
Following some forgettable performances last year, commodities are rebounding in 2019 and precious metals funds are among the leaders. One precious metals ETF that provides basket exposure to multiple precious metals, including gold and silver, is higher by nearly 6% year-to-date.Depending on an investor's objectives and risk tolerances commodities can represent up to 5% of well-balanced portfolios. Precious metals funds, be they ETFs or mutual funds, make accessing the asset class more efficient and, in many cases, less expensive.Additional benefits of precious metals funds, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEARCA:GLD) and the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA:SLV), include the ability to fight inflation and take advantage of a weaker dollar. A drawback to investing in precious funds where the underlying asset is the metal itself is the fact that these funds do not pay dividends or coupon payments, meaning investors are entirely dependent on capital appreciation.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 9 High-Growth Stocks to Buy Now for Monster Returns For investors considering precious metals funds, here are some intriguing ideas to consider. Invesco DB Precious Metals Fund (DBP)Expense ratio: 0.78% per year, or $78 on a $10,000 investment.The Invesco DB Precious Metals Fund (NYSEARCA:DBP) is an index-based precious metals fund, meaning it does not directly hold positions in gold, silver or other metals. Rather, this 12-year old fund follows the DBIQ Optimum Yield Precious Metals Index Excess Return Index.DBP "is designed for investors who want a cost-effective and convenient way to invest in commodity futures. The Index is a rules-based index composed of futures contracts on two of the most important precious metals -- gold and silver," according to Invesco.Gold and silver are the only metals represented in DBP, which makes sense for a futures-based strategy because those are the two most heavily traded precious metals futures. The rub with DBP and other futures-based funds is that these strategies usually carry high expense ratios and that is the case with this precious metals fund. DBP is up almost 4% this year. Aberdeen Standard Physical Precious Metal Basket Shares (GLTR)Expense ratio: 0.60% per year, or $60 on a $10,000 investment.The Aberdeen Standard Physical Precious Metal Basket Shares (NYSEARCA:GLTR) is the ideal precious metals fund for the investor that wants in on this asset but cannot decide on a single metal to invest in.GLTR solves that conundrum by featuring physical exposure to gold, silver, palladium and platinum. At the end of last year, GLTR allocated over 80% of its weight to gold and silver, but its exposure to palladium and platinum make for a more diverse option than the aforementioned DBP. * 3 Gold Stocks Percolating Right Now GLTR has been getting a tailwind from high-flying palladium over the past 12 months, but at times when gold is the only precious metal trading higher, investors should expect this precious metals fund to lag dedicated gold funds. SPDR Long Dollar Gold Trust (GLDW)Expense ratio: 0.50% per year, or $50 on a $10,000 investment.One of the biggest risks to precious metals funds and investors owning those funds is the dollar. Precious metals, like all commodities, are denominated in dollars, meaning that when the dollar is strong, commodities typically falter.The SPDR Long Dollar Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:GLDW) is one of the first ETFs to address that scenario. GLDW follows the Solactive GLD Long USD Gold Index. That benchmark "is designed to represent the daily performance of a long position in physical gold and a short position in a basket comprised of each of the Reference Currencies," according to State Street.GLDW's reference currencies are the currencies are the euro, Japanese yen, British pound sterling, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc.This precious metals fund is doing its job. Over the past year, the dollar has been mostly stronger, sending the aforementioned GLD lower by almost 2%, but GLDW is higher 10.80% over that period. GraniteShares Gold Trust (BAR)Expense ratio: 0.1749% per year, or $17.49 on a $10,000 investment.As the funds highlighted above confirm, precious metals funds carry higher expense ratios than many equity or fixed income ETFs. However, the battle for lower fees is making its way to the commodities space and the GraniteShares Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:BAR) is leading that charge.Since debuting in August, BAR has lowered its expense ratio multiple times in an effort to become the least expensive gold ETF on the market, an attractive trait for buy-and-hold investors. With an expense ratio of 0.1749% per year, BAR is cheaper than rivals such as GLD and the iShares Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:IAU). * 7 Healthy Dividend Stocks to Buy for Extra Stability BAR's efforts to lure cost-conscious investors are proving successful. The precious metals fund has $467.64 million in assets under management, $132.50 million of which have flowed into the fund this year. VanEck Merk Gold Trust (OUNZ)Expense ratio: 0.40% per year, or $40 on a $10,000 investment.Critics of traditional gold ETFs and precious metals funds assert that these funds are really just paper investments because when you depart the funds, you receive cash as you would with any other investment. The VanEck Merk Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:OUNZ) takes a different approach.OUNZ "provides investors with a convenient and cost-efficient way to buy and hold gold through an exchange traded product with the option to take physical delivery of gold," according to VanEck.OUNZ is not a gimmick. The fund actually has delivered physical gold to investors in its almost five years on the market.Todd Shriber owns shares of IAU. 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Gold and the related exchange traded funds were challenged last year by the strong dollar and rising U.S. interest rates, but that did not prevent some buyers from stepping up bullion purchases. New data ...
The end of 2018 may have burned an image of volatility in investors’ minds that would drive their decisions when reassessing their portfolios for 2019. As such, alternatives to diversify and counteract volatility are on the investment agenda, making exchange-traded funds (ETFs) focused on commodities and alternative investments a prime alternative--something evident in GraniteShares' latest milestone. GraniteShares, a disruptive ETF company, has become one of the fastest-growing asset managers in the U.S. by accumulating over $500 million in assets under management (AUM), representing 1,180 percent growth over the last year alone.