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Pure Gold, Miner ETFs Add Luster to Portfolios in Uncertain Times

Stock MarketsAug 30, 2020 09:07AM ET
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By Christiana Sciaudone

Investing.com -- Gold has been hitting record highs recently. Are gold ETFs overdone?

Probably not, says Dan Weiskopf, a portfolio manager at Toroso Investments whose Twitter handle is @ETFProfessor. 

"We're dealing in a world that has a lot of unknowns," Weiskopf said in a phone interview. "Gold's a good place for everyone's portfolio."

The U.S. dollar may fall apart, the world is printing money relentlessly. At some point inflation will be needed to pay it back -- Gold Futures can protect investors from that issue.   

The question becomes how much and how do you play the metal, Weiskopf said. There are both pure play ETFs and gold miner ETFs to consider.

To the pure plays: SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE:GLD) -- the largest gold ETF in the world by assets at $77 billion and the largest commodities ETF trading in the U.S. -- and SPDR Gold MiniShares (NYSE:GLDM) offer essentially the same product. GLDM has about $3.3 billion in assets, and the same sponsor. The difference is that each GLD share represents 1/10th of an ounce of gold to GLDM's 1/100th of an ounce of gold. Additionally, GLDM's annual expense ratio is 0.18% compared to GLD's 0.4%. 

And that's the key, said Todd Rosenbluth, head of ETF & mutual fund research at CFRA.

"GLD is the heavyweight, it's where institutional investors have long gone to put money to work but there are cheaper alternatives," Rosenbluth said in a phone interview last week.

He points not only to GLDM, but also to GraniteShares Gold Trust (NYSE:BAR) -- BAR, where the expense is about half and the exposure is the same.  

"For a retail investor who is unlikely to be trading in size, GLDM, BAR and others like it are extremely appropriate ways of getting exposure to gold," Rosenbluth said. 

When it comes to miners, Rosenbluth likes VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE:GDX) -- GDX, which includes Newmont Goldcorp Corp (NYSE:NEM), Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV), and Wheaton Precious Metals (NYSE:WPM). 

"We think that fundamentals for these companies look positive," Rosenbluth said.  

VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSE:GDXJ) is a similar bet, but on smaller cap companies. 

Rosenbluth points out that pure gold ETFs have less potential upside and downside than stock-based ETFs. For example, GLD is up 25% over the past year, while GDX rose 35% and GDXJ increased 37%.   

  

 

Pure Gold, Miner ETFs Add Luster to Portfolios in Uncertain Times
 

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Tim F
Tim F Dec 18, 2020 11:27PM ET
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What no mention of GOLD?
vineet jain
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Some percentage of portfolio should include Gold
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really ? my portfolio right now is 85% gold
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I wonder why $IAU gets so little attention in these articles, even though its expressive AUM...
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great fund, owned it and traded it for years. plus it's Blackrock. with their close association with the Fed. following the bond etf buying excursion, it is probably the safest physical gold fund as well.
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What is “BTC ishares “ mean when i put in IAU it says BTC iShares Gold Trust
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SLVP - Silver miner ETF
 
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