ETF Launch: Global X Funds Launches Junior Miners ETF (JUNR)
Global X Funds, the New York based provider of exchange traded funds, today launched the Global X Junior Miners ETF (NYSEARCA:JUNR). It is the first ETF to provide access to junior mining companies globally, and adds diversification across resources by including companies involved in the production of coal, copper, gold, iron, nickel, silver, titanium and other materials.
The mining industry relies on junior mining companies to provide additional supply of key commodities – as large miners exhaust existing resources, junior miners are often poised to explore, develop, and monetize new mines to bring additional supply to the market. While junior miners typically have a higher risk/reward profile than large-cap miners, JUNR helps reduce company-specific risk by diversifying investments across 96 junior mining companies.
Investors may also benefit from increased merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the sector, as large mining companies look to acquisitions and partnerships as additional sources of supply and geographic expansion. “Low interest rates, above-average metal prices, well-funded junior programs, and M&A potential driven by balance sheet strength of the major mining companies are positive underlying factors supporting the junior mining sector” (Canaccord Capital 2011). In addition to traditional M&A activity from large industry players, more deal activity is expected from sovereign wealth funds, specialized private equity funds, large pension funds and other industrials like steelmakers and iron producers (PwC 2012).
The Underlying Index’s top holdings:
|Top Ten Constituents||Index Weight||Primary Commodity|
|Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp||2.58%||Silver|
|AuRico Gold Inc||2.57%||Gold|
|China Molybdenum Co||2.23%||Molybdenum|
|Alacer Gold Corp||2.18%||Gold|
|Kenmare Resources PLC||2.04%||Titanium|
|Alpha Natural Resources Inc||2.03%||Coal|
|Arch Coal Inc||2.02%||Coal|
|Hecla Mining Co||1.95%||Silver|
|Atlas Iron Ltd||1.90%||Iron|
|Source: Structured Solutions, AG. As of 8/23/2012.|
“We see value in junior miners at current valuations, particularly in an environment that could bring significant inflation over the next few years following massive quantitative easing globally,” said Bruno del Ama, CEO of Global X Funds.
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Global X Funds is a New York-based provider of exchange-traded funds that facilitates access to investment opportunities across the global markets. With $1.2 billion in managed assets and over 100,000 investors from more than 100 countries as of August 15, 2012, Global X Funds currently offers exchange-traded funds that target Commodity Producers, International, Domestic, Alternatives, Industry, Income, and Asset Allocation fund suites. For more information, please visit www.globalxfunds.com.
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SOURCE Global X Funds