Gold’s history as a store of value goes back before the time of written records, but it’s still an asset/investment class of significant importance in today’s market. As a relatively scarce metal, gold has always been held in esteem and investors (as well as merchants and normal citizens) have long used gold as a means of safeguarding buying power or offsetting the risks of inflation and financial turbulence [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Gold investors were dealt a muck hand last week as the Fed announced that they are eyeing an end to quantitative easing (QE) programs sometime in 2013. The precious metal has had an impressive run of 13 straight years of gains, but that may change this year. If the Fed were to abandon its QE policy and the massive money printing and dilution that goes along with that, gold prices could tank. The suggestion to end this program also points to a confidence in the economy from the Fed, another bad sign for gold as many have been using the commodity as a hedge against rocky markets [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
It really is no exaggeration to say that human beings have valued gold for as long as they’ve been able to get their hands on it. Burial sites going back to the 4th millennium BC include skillfully wrought gold artifacts, and weights of gold were used in commerce well before the Lydians started minting coins around 600 BC [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
It is no secret that gold is one of the most talked about assets of the last few years, as this metal’s historic run has put it in the limelight. The price of gold has gone up for 12 straight years, and is on pace to make it 13 when this year comes to a close. But it seems that despite all of the gold bugs calling for the metal to surge to unbelievable highs, major financial institutions are calling for the gold bubble to finally burst in the coming months [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Gold has been a major talking point in the commodity world for the last few weeks. Though it seems that the metal has been grabbing headlines for the better part of a year, the anticipation of the fiscal cliff and the future of the U.S. dollar has gold investors on the edge of their seats. Famed investor Jim Rogers recently chimed in on his views on the precious metal, as he has been an owner for quite some time, but investors may not like what he has to say [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The ETF world is set for another historic jump as the Chinese are eyeing gold funds on their local exchanges. As its gold market continues to grow, China is set to surpass India’s gold consumption this year, opening the opportunity for gold ETFs that have dominated U.S. exchanges. The Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) also has plans to launch an interbank market in the next few weeks as demand for this precious metal continues to surge [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
As gold investing has surged in recent years, so too has the popularity of the gold ETF space. These funds have allowed for investors of all kinds to add exposure to an asset that was once difficult for retail investors to afford. Now, there are a multitude of ETFs tracking this yellow metal, each with their own nuances and methods for providing the best exposure. But many are left wondering which gold ETF is the best [for more gold ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
This morning marks the first day of trading for markets this week, as hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on much of the east coast and forced U.S. exchanges to close for two days. Commodities markets, however, remained open and trading albeit with much lower than normal volumes. While today’s open won’t mean much for commodities themselves, the funds that track them are bound to be volatile, as they will need to reflect the changes made by their underlying holdings in the last two days [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The well-known gold bug, Peter Schiff, is not one to shy away from his opinions. He has been very vocal about his feelings on the government, markets, and of course, gold. Schiff has been boasting this precious metal for quite some time, as he has listed off a number of factors weighing into a potential bull run. Among those factors are dollar debasement, a struggling economy, and an approaching fiscal cliff that all make the safe haven commodity even more appealing [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
ETF investing turned the commodity world from a difficult-to-reach asset class to exposure that any retail investor could quickly add to their portfolio. The years have seen a number of innovative products come and go, but through thick and thin a select group of funds have broken away from the rest, as they have maintained their popularity. And just like any other business, these funds need to make money to stay open (and to hopefully make you money), as they have plenty of operating costs to take care of [for more commodity ETF analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].