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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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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 billion under management. Two other physically-backed gold ETFs (IAU and SGOL) have aggregate assets of nearly $5 billion, while a couple of silver funds (SLV and SIVR) hold another $6 billion. Even the relatively young platinum ETF (PPLT, $485 million) and palladium ETF (PALL, $393 million) have been huge hits with investors. In aggregate these seven physically-backed precious metals ETFs represent about 8% of total ETF assets, a remarkable statistic highlighting the amount of interest in this asset class. [click to continue…]

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Seven Reasons Why Silver Could Soar

by on July 29, 2010 | Updated May 15, 2013

With consumer confidence plunging and governments around the world racking up seemingly unpayable bills, many investors have sought refuge outside of fiat currencies in order to help protect some of their assets from the ravages of inflation which is sure to come eventually. Almost by default, investors have piled into gold which has seen its […]

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Three ETFs To Play Jim Rogers’ Advice

by on July 15, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Investors have been pulled in opposite directions in recent sessions, as conflicting data leaves the short term outlook very uncertain. Earnings season has gotten off to a hot start, with Intel, Alcoa, and CSX all impressing the Street. Meanwhile, diminishing fears over the […]

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ETF Securities, the London-based firm that holds a big slice of market share on the European ETF scene, has established itself as a formidable player in the U.S. market in its first year in the game. The company’s gold (SGOL) and silver (SIVR) ETFs have been successful in competing with much larger, well-established products, and […]

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The proliferation of commodity ETFs has brought this “fourth asset class” within reach of more investors than ever before. But as many have learned the hard way, resource fundamentals are only one of the factors that impact many exchange-traded commodities, and the nuances of the futures market often have a more significant impact than changes […]

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Last year saw more than 100 new product launches, ranging from plain vanilla equity and bond funds to ETFs offering exposure to exotic new investment strategies and asset classes previously available only to a limited slice of the investing community. The innovation that has made ETFs a popular alternative to mutual funds seems ready to […]

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Given the tremendous amount of buzz surrounding the launch of the first U.S.-listed platinum and palladium ETFs earlier this month, perhaps the initial results for the ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (PPLT) and Physical Palladium Shares (PALL) shouldn’t be that surprising. Through their first six days of trading, average volumes for PPLT and PALL were about […]

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After weeks of anticipation, the first ETFs offering U.S. investors exposure to Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) launched on Friday, as London-based ETF Securities (ETFS) introduced the ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (PPLT) and ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (PALL). These funds bring the total number of U.S.-listed ETFs from ETFS to four, joining gold and silver ETFs […]

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Ten Most Successful New ETFs Of 2009

by on December 29, 2009 | Updated May 3, 2010

As the ETF industry has continued its rapid expansion, there has been much debate surrounding the sustainability of the current growth and the potential saturation of the market. The first ETFs were relatively simple products, offering exposure to the world’s most widely-followed equity benchmarks. But the last ten years have seen hundreds of new ETFs […]

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Platinum and palladium prices jumped to recent highs last week on news that regulators had taken an important step towards allowing London-based ETF Securities (ETFS) to list physically-backed ETFs linked to the metals to trade on U.S. exchanges. “The Securities and Exchange Commission in the past week approved proposed rule changes from the New York […]

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The reasons for the rise of the ETF industry are numerous: intraday liquidity, (potentially) superior tax efficiency, and enhanced transparency relative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds have all contributed to the billions of dollars of inflows that these funds have seen in recent years. But the real attraction for most ETF investors is the reduced […]

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