Do You Have An Insurance Policy On Your Gold ETFs?

insurance“Market volatility plays a major role in the pricing of options (calls and puts). This is because investors perceive “risk” as volatility and when volatility is low there’s simply less demand from options buyers (who have the right to buy and sell a stock) who seek to improve returns with big moves in stock prices. All of this is to say that when options prices are low and the market’s been rallying, consider protective puts on stocks and exchange-traded funds that have made you big money,” Todd Wenning Reports From The Fool.

Wenning Continues “Let’s say you bought 100 shares of SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) ETF in November 2008 for $75 — a $7,500 investment. The ETF currently trades for about $113 — a nice 50% gain for you. By purchasing a March $110 put for $2.75, you can lock in a sales price of $110 for your 100 shares through March 19, 2010, for $275 per contract.”

“One scenario: The ETF doesn’t fall below $110 by March 19 and you’re out $275 (4% of your original investment). But hey, you can still enjoy any upside left in the ETF. The other scenario: The ETF falls well below $110, but you can still sell for $110 (minus the $2.75 per-share cost) thanks to the protective put you bought. Think of buying protective puts on your big winners as insurance against the chance of losing those gains in a market downturn. Even though you may grumble when you pay the premium for the put, just as with your auto insurance, you’ll be glad you did if something bad happens. At the very least, it can give you some peace of mind in an uncertain market,” Wenning Reports.

We have listed some options for investing in gold through ETFs below:

LONG:

The investment (GLD) seeks to replicate the performance, net of expenses, of the price of gold bullion. The trust holds gold, and is expected to issue baskets in exchange for deposits of gold, and to distribute gold in connection with redemption of baskets. The gold held by the trust will only be sold on an as-needed basis to pay trust expenses, in the event the trust terminates and liquidates its assets, or as otherwise required by law or regulation.

The investment (GDX) seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the AMEX Gold Miners index. The fund generally normally invests at least 80% of its total assets in common stocks and American depositary receipts (ADRs) of companies involved in the gold mining industry. The fund is nondiversified.

The Funds (GDXJ) investment objective is to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners Index (the “Junior Gold Miners Index”). For a further description of the Junior Gold Miners Index, see “Junior Gold Miners Index.”

The objective of (SGOL) the newly listed shares is to reflect the performance of the price of Gold bullion, less the Trust’s operating expenses. The Trust is open ended and is designed for investors who want a cost-effective(1) and convenient(2) way to invest in Gold as well as diversify their Gold holdings.

The investment (UGL) will seek to replicate, net of expenses, twice the performance of gold bullion as measured by the U.S. Dollar p.m. fixing price for delivery in London. The fund normally invests assets in financial instruments with economic characteristics twice the return of the index. It may employ leveraged investment techniques in seeking its investment objective.

The investment (DGL) seeks to track the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index – Optimum Yield Gold Excess Return. The index is a rules-based index composed of futures contracts on gold and is intended to reflect the performance of gold.

The investment (DGP) seeks to replicate, net of expenses, twice the daily performance of the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity index – Optimum Yield Gold Excess Return. The index is intended to reflect changes in the market value of certain gold futures contracts and is comprised of a single unfunded gold futures contract.

The objective (IAU) of the trust is for the value of its shares to reflect, at any given time, the price of gold owned by the trust at that time, less the trust’s expenses and liabilities. The trust is not actively managed. It receives gold deposited with it in exchange for the creation of baskets of iShares, sells gold as necessary to cover the trust’s liabilities, and delivers gold in exchange for baskets of iShares surrendered to it for redemption. The trust is not an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or a commodity pool for purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act.

SHORT:

The investment (DZZ) seeks to replicate, net of expenses, twice the inverse of the daily performance of the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity index – Optimum Yield Gold Excess Return. The index is intended to reflect changes in the market value of certain gold futures contracts and is comprised of a single unfunded gold futures contract.

The investment (GLL) will seek to replicate, net of expenses, twice the inverse daily performance of gold bullion as measured by the U.S. Dollar p.m. fixing price for delivery in London. The fund normally invests assets in financial instruments with economic characteristics inverse to the index. It may employ leveraged investment techniques in seeking its investment objective.

 

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