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ETF Securities, the European ETF giant that has now accumulated more than $2 billion in U.S. ETF assets, announced the latest addition to its product line on Friday. The ETFS Physical Precious Metal Basket Shares (GLTR) will be the first U.S.-based, physically backed precious metal basket ETP. GLTR (pronounced “glitter”) will hold gold, silver, platinum and palladium in fixed weights: 0.03 ounces of gold, 1.1 ounces of silver, 0.004 ounces of platinum, and 0.006 ounces of palladium. At current market prices, that means that the exposure will be tilted most heavily towards gold and silver,with smaller allocations to the other two precious metals [see Guide To Platinum ETFs]. [click to continue…]

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As the U.S. economy continues to struggle and more intervention from the Fed seems inevitable, the dollar has been battered in currency markets. The greenback has already lost close to 8% over the past few months against the world’s other major currencies, and while a Chinese rate hike earlier this week helped to temporarily stem the losses, the downward has now resumed. As confidence in paper currency wanes, many investors have been buying up precious metals ETFs, especially those that physically hold gold. In fact, all three of the gold-backed ETFs have more than $1 billion under management and are led by the $56 billion Gold SPDR (GLD). Investors are also looking beyond gold to the rest of the precious metals asset class as options in this increasingly tricky economic situation. Over $1 billion is now invested in physically-backed platinum (PPLT) and palladium (PALL) ETFs, while physically-backed silver funds currently hold more than $8 billion [see Next Up: Gold ETF With Vaults In Asia]. [click to continue…]

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One of the major stories of the past few months has been the impressive rally in gold prices, which have repeatedly touched new record highs in recent sessions. Fueled by concerns about the impact of further quantitative easing and weakness in the U.S. dollar, gold has climbed steadily higher even as equity markets have showed […]

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As optimism over a quick return to growth in the U.S. has waned, many investors have begun to turn their attention to rising superpowers in the developing world. This trend, combined with ongoing speculation over further easing measures, have sent the U.S. dollar tumbling in recent sessions, as several rival currencies have touched new record […]

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Perhaps no corner of the ETF market has exploded as rapidly as the precious metals space, as the democratization of an asset class previously off limits to many investors has resulted in billions of dollars in cash inflows. The SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) is now the second-largest ETF by total assets, with more than $53 […]

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As the American economy continues to tread water, many investors have grown increasingly concerned about a double-dip recession. This has pushed dollars into the bond markets which has caused prices to soar as investors attempt to protect themselves from any future economic storms. However, with yields now approaching record lows, investors have started to rethink […]

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Seven ETFs To Invest Like Peter Schiff

by on August 26, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

With the housing market cratering, consumer confidence sagging, and catalysts for real economic growth nowhere to be found, many investors have quietly become pessimistic over the outlook for the U.S. economy. And then there’s the camp that has been much more vocal with forecasts of doom and gloom, a group that includes the always entertaining […]

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Hedge Funds Are Buying Up Gold ETFs, Should You?

by on August 19, 2010 | Updated August 24, 2010

Despite a relatively solid earnings season, anxiety continues to run high on Wall Street as elevated unemployment and sagging confidence stand as major obstacles to a continued economic recovery. As equity markets trend sideways and potential pitfalls materialize, many investors have moved slowly towards safe havens, preferring to watch from the sidelines until the storm […]

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Next Up: Gold ETF With Vaults In Asia

by on August 4, 2010 | Updated August 5, 2010

Over the past few years, the number of ETFs has grown exponentially; the industry now covers nearly every corner of the investable universe. The pace of innovation has been particularly impressive in the commodity space, which has seen interest surge as investors have become increasingly concerned over the health of the global economy and the […]

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Three ETFs To Invest Like Marc Faber

by on August 3, 2010 | Updated August 10, 2010

With markets trending sideways for months and no end to the recent volatility in sight, many have turned to some of the world’s most famous contrarian investors for guidance in these puzzling times. One of the most popular of these investors is Marc Faber, a Swiss fund manager and the author of the popular Gloom […]

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Despite global turmoil and continued concern over budget deficits in countries around the world, equity markets soared in July posting double digit gains on the back of solid earnings and easing fears over the situation in Europe. With equity markets jumping again to start August, gold has experienced a bit of a sell of as […]

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One of the most interesting developments in the ETF market over the last several years has been the extent to which investors have embraced these securities as opportunities to add commodity exposure to traditional stock-and-bond portfolios. Within the commodity space, no single fund has enjoyed a more impressive rise than the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), […]

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