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How Gold ETFs Are Taxed

by on June 25, 2014 | Updated July 2, 2014

When it comes to commodity investing, taxes can be something of a burden for investors. Trying to figure out which tax form you will need to complete and the specific tax rates can be a pain come April of every year. ETFs have helped to simplify a number of those issues, but there still is some misunderstanding when it comes the most popular commodity products — gold ETFs [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free ETF Daily Roundup]. [click to continue…]


Over the last few years, gold has become one of the most polarizing assets in the investing world. After surging to new highs in mid 2011, the precious metal had investors and analysts alike clamoring for more gains. The commodity suffered a correction in 2013, finally ending a 12-year bull-run while invoking the interest of many who hope to time the bottom. For those looking to invest in gold, we outline 25 ETFs that take varying approaches to the metal and help you add gold exposure to your portfolio [for more gold ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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Precious metals are one of the rarest and most valuable commodities in the world, making them a popular investment tool for long-term buy-and-hold and short-term investors alike. Typically, this asset class has appeal as a safe haven, since its returns are generally greater in periods of high market volatility. Besides the commodity’s inherent use as a store […]

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The Best Gold ETF…Isn’t An ETF

by on April 9, 2012 | Updated May 17, 2012

As interest in gold as an investable asset has increased in recent years, more and more investors looking to gain exposure to the precious metal are turning to exchange-traded products. U.S.-listed gold ETPs now have assets in excess of $80 billion, representing a material portion of the total industry. Gold ETPs have generally performed very […]


As the roster of exchange-traded products has grown to nearly 1,300, many investors find themselves with the luxury of multiple options for establishing a position in a desired asset class. There are, for example, four different pharmaceutical ETFs, three homebuilder funds, and even two choices for playing the automotive industry. Once the ETF universe has […]

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For ETF Investors, The Details Matter (Part II)

by on January 17, 2011 | Updated June 12, 2014

In another article, we highlighted several often-overlooked nuances of popular exchange-traded products, detailing the surprisingly large impact that seemingly minor distinctions can have on a portfolio’s risk/return profile. From the weighting methodology employed by the underlying index to the choice between large caps and small caps for international equity exposure, many details that are often the […]


How Contango Impacts ETFs

by on January 12, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

After a chaotic 2008, most financial markets regained some degree of normalcy in 2009, as unprecedented volatilities subsided and a gradual calming of anxieties led to the return of rational trading. But for exchange-traded commodity products 2009 was a rather tumultuous period, as expectations for increasingly stringent regulations swirled and correlations began to break down […]

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The Definitive Guide to Invest in Gold ETFs: Gold Bullion ETFs 101

by on October 29, 2009 | Updated September 19, 2013

The label “gold bug” may suggest a kooky old man who spends a lot of time in his basement reading conspiracy theory newsletters. The truth, however, is that there are many legitimate reasons to trade in gold and its derivatives. Gold has been proven time and time again to be an excellent “safe haven” investment, […]

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ETF Plays For $3,000 Gold

by on September 17, 2009 | Updated November 9, 2009

The Gold Rush of 2009 likely hasn’t come as a complete surprise to too many investors. After all, gold has been proven time and time again to be a “safe haven” investment that rises during uncertain economic times (such as the last two years), and questions about the dollar’s future as the world’s reserve currency […]

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Why You Need A Swiss Gold ETF

by on September 10, 2009 | Updated November 1, 2012

ETF Securities, already a household name in the European ETF industry, is quickly becoming a major player in the ETF space here in the U.S. The London-based ETF sponsor announced today the launch of the ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (SGOL), its second U.S.-listed ETF. The new offering is physically-backed by gold bullion held in […]

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As equity markets continue to surge and developed economies around the world begin showing signs of stability, many thought that huge inflows into gold ETFs that have occurred over the last year would begin to reverse. Think again.

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It’s no secret that ETFs are rapidly attracting investor dollars away from traditional mutual funds and other investment vehicles. Coupled with the rise of the ETF industry as a whole, an extended period of extreme financial turmoil has made gold ETFs one of the most popular investments in today’s environment. To meet the demand, a number […]

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