Tag Archives | GLD

Dealing with Contango

Investing in commodities has been made much easier by the advent of exchange traded funds.  However, one issue that has been a drag on returns and has investors scratching their heads is contango. Contango, and its opposite number — backwardation, occurs in funds that track commodity prices with futures contracts.  Since the contracts have a […]

China Launches Fund to Invest in Gold ETFs

China’s securities regulator has approved the country’s first fund designed to invest in overseas-listed gold ETFs. That’s according to reporters Carolyn Cui and Chris Oliver in the article China Buys In to Gold’s Allure.   According to the Cui and Oliver, China bought over 200 metric tons of gold in the first 10 months of […]

Hedge Funds Investing in Gold ETF

Several hedge funds are using an exchange traded fund to invest in gold. According to the WSJ’s John Spence, Eton Park Capital, Paulson & Co. and Soros Fund Management have established significant stakes in SPDR Gold Shares (GLD).

The War Between Gold ETFs

BlackRock has aggressively cut the annual expense ratio for the iShares Comex Gold Trust (IAU) in a bid to lure investors from the $56 billion SPDR Gold Shares (GLD). According to the WSJ‘s Ian Salisbury, the expense ratio for IAU was cut from  0.40% to 0.25%.  The expense ratio for GLD remains at 0.40%. Salisbury […]

Buying Gold at the Top

The market correction and the European debt crisis have renewed investors’ interest in gold, pushing the commodity’s price levels to new highs. Is there a way to safely buy gold at these levels without exposing your portfolio to the risk of a sudden crash in gold prices?  That’s the question asked by the WSJ’s Brett […]

Keeping it Simple

Investing in some of the newer and more exotic ETFs can be expensive according to Forbes. The article iShares Exotic ETFs points out that some of the newer funds with a narrow focus carry high expense ratios and trade at a larger than average bid-ask spread. The article recommends sticking with broad-based exchange traded funds […]

Looking for Hidden Taxes

When it comes to taxes, not all ETFs are created equal.  That’s the message in Jason Zweig‘s latest column Watch Out for Hidden Tax Traps Inside ETFs. Zweig writes that commodity and currency ETFs are taxed differently than funds that invest in stocks or bonds.  As a result, investors may owe taxes on unrealized capital […]

10 ETFs You Need to Know

Kiplinger’s Jeffrey Kosnett recently published a primer on investing with Exchange Traded Funds and included a list of 10 ETFs that you need to know. The funds making Kosnett’s 10 “to know” list include: SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) iShares S&P-Citigroup International Treasury Bond […]

Gold ETFs for Value Investors

Forbes recently interviewed Jean-Marie Eveillard, the semiretired manager at First Eagle Investment Management, on his use of gold as part of his famously patient approach to value investing. According to the Forbes piece, Eveillard suggests individuals put 5 to 10% of their assets into gold.  Four ETFs listed by Forbes as “smart ways to play” […]

Saavy Bond Manager’s ETF Picks

The WSJ recently profiled Bill Tedford who runs a benchmark beating bond portfolio for Stephens Inc. Tedford is currently betting on an uptick in inflation and is positioning his portfolio appropriately. To help clients hedge against inflation, Stephens encourages the use of exchange traded funds to gain exposure to real assets with a recommended allocation […]

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