S&P DJI: Diwali gold buying may be the safest since 1996

Oct 18th, 2017 | By
S&P DJI: Diwali gold buying may be the safest since 1996

By Jodie Gunzberg, head of commodities indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices.

In light of the gold buying tradition for the upcoming Diwali festival in India, many might be wondering how valuable their gifts may be based on the price of gold. Several factors influence the price of gold that make timing gold as an investment difficult; however, now there might be upside potential for gold, especially since its volatility is so low.

BNP Paribas lists currency-hedged commodity ETF on Xetra

Oct 11th, 2017 | By
BNP Paribas lists currency hedged commodity ETF on XETRA

BNP Paribas has launched a currency-hedged commodity ETF, offering exposure to a diversified portfolio of futures contracts on energy and metal commodities, while hedging currency exposure between the US dollar and the euro.

Gold-backed ETFs expand physical holdings in September

Oct 4th, 2017 | By
Gold ETFs see net outflows globally in February

Gold ETFs were in strong demand during September with gold-backed ETFs increasing their holdings of physical gold by 22.4 tonnes globally, according to data from the World Gold Council. However, significant differences in regional appetites for the precious metal were noted.

Gold ETF inflows reach three-week high

Sep 25th, 2017 | By
Gold ETF inflows reach 3-week highs, says ETF Securities

Although gold prices erased most of the past month’s gains, inflows into gold ETFs rose to $39 million in the week beginning 18 September 2017, marking a three-week high, according to weekly flows analysis from ETF securities. Nitesh Shah, director, commodity strategy at ETF Securities said that investors were seeking a safe haven asset in light of geopolitical tensions in spite of action from the Fed that caused gold price weakness.

VanEck Merk Gold ETF reduces fees for gold delivery

Sep 21st, 2017 | By
VanEck Merk Gold Trust reduces fees for gold delivery

The VanEck Merk Gold Trust (NYSE Arca: OUNZ) has reduced the fees investors pay to take delivery of their gold. The fund gives investors access to buy and hold gold through an ETF with the option to take delivery of the gold in exchange for the fund’s shares. Axel Merk, president of Merk Investments, the sponsor of OUNZ, commented: “We are reaffirming our commitment to provide investors with easy and cost-effective access to their gold,”

Gold ETFs set to benefit as ‘fear trade’ intensifies

Sep 20th, 2017 | By
Gold ETFs set to benefit as 'fear trade' intensifies, reports World Gold Council

Gold ETFs look set to continue their recent bull run as, according to a report issued by the World Gold Council, the spot price of the precious metal is likely to be supported in the near term as growing uncertainty moves investors into safe-haven assets such as gold.

S&P DJI: Chinese growth concerns weigh heavy on metals

Sep 20th, 2017 | By
S&P DJI: Chinese growth concerns weigh heavy on metals

By Jodie Gunzberg, head of commodities indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Industrial metals hit multi-year highs last month with the S&P GSCI Industrial Metals Index up off its bottom by nearly 60%. This was mainly due to strong Chinese demand growth and a falling US dollar. While the dollar has continued its fall in September, there is some concern over slowing growth in China.

WisdomTree: Gold may climb to $1,400/oz in near term

Sep 7th, 2017 | By
Gold ETFs add 9.1 tonnes in November

Gold ETPs could be set to benefit from a spike in the gold price, according to new market commentary from WisdomTree. Nazim Hamid, ETF strategist at WisdomTree thinks the spot gold price could climb as high as $1,400 in the near term, due to political uncertainty and increased interest from hedge funds.

Heating oil and gasoline ETPs hit two-year highs in Hurricane Harvey’s wake

Sep 5th, 2017 | By
Hurricane Harvey ETFs ETF Securities

Harvey, the first category three hurricane to make landfall in the US since 2005, has sent the prices of ETPs tracking heating oil and gasoline to their highest levels since summer 2015 after the storm damaged a third of US oil refineries when it swept through the Gulf Coast at the end of August.

S&P DJI: Metals never had an August this hot

Sep 5th, 2017 | By
S&P DJI: Metals never had an August this hot

By Jodie Gunzberg, managing director, product management, S&P Dow Jones Indices.

August 2017 was the first August on record that all the metals gained together (since 1995 – the earliest year all seven metals were included in the index,) and it was the first month every metal gained together since September 2016. As a result, the S&P GSCI All Metals Total Return Index gained 7.3% in August, posting its best August ever since 1995.