Gold Miners (GDX) Have Outpaced Gold Itself By A Wide Margin

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From Sean Brodrick: Gold’s last brutal bear market ended in early 2016. The metal has zig-zagged higher since then.

But if you want outperformance, you aren’t buying gold. You’re buying miners.

Here’s a chart showing the performance of both gold and gold miners since the start of 2016.

Wow! Gold is up 21.5%. That’s not bad. But gold miners are up 73.6%. That’s more than TRIPLE the performance of gold.

Gold miners were actually up even more, but gave some back. It’s for the same reason that miners are outperforming gold.

That reason is leverage.

It costs miners less to mine gold than they sell it for. The good miners, anyway.

So when a company mines gold for $1,000, and sells it at $1,100, it makes $100 profit on each ounce. But when the price of gold rises to $1,200, the company’s profit per ounce DOUBLES. From $100 to $200.

And when and if the price of gold goes to $1,300, that means the company’s profit triples.

That’s what you call leverage.

So why did miners go way up and then come back down? That’s a function of leverage, as well as market psychology. Investors anticipated an even bigger run-up in gold. But they got ahead of themselves, and miners pulled back. Still, despite that, miners are tripling gold’s performance.

And even if you did have to go through those that roller-coaster, you’d still be far better off today with your gold mining shares.

So why does this happen? What’s the best strategy for grabbing this opportunity right now? Which specific investments should you use?

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Many market watchers think the next big move for gold is to $1,400. Select miners are waiting, leveraged to gold, and ready to fill their coffers. And investors in those companies can really ring the cash register.

The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) rose $0.02 (+0.08%) in premarket trading Friday. Year-to-date, GDX has gained 13.38%, versus a 14.97% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

GDX currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #3 of 36 ETFs in the Precious Metals ETFs category.

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