Is The Gold ETF About To Peak and Nobody Knows It? (GLD)

Let me first start by saying I’ve been a long term “Gold Bull” since the fall of 2001, based both on economic factors as well as Elliott Wave patterns that I think are clear on Gold’s Bull rise.  As we are now almost in a Fibonacci 21 months of Gold rally off the October 2008 bottom, I think this pattern is getting long in the tooth. 

Gold has risen from $681 at the nadir of the fall of 2008 to $1265 so far, with potential to run to about $1300-$1325 an ounce on this final leg up.  It stands to reason, as with any Bull Market that the Bull gets tired and at some point has to hibernate.  This wave pattern is clearly 5 waves since the October 2008 lows, and we are in the final stages of the 5th wave of this pattern in my opinion.  That means we can have a blow-off top, or we truncate here and start correcting hard. 

Bull patterns tend to peak when most are not expecting it, and I forecasted a market top in Mid January and again in Mid April this year in the S&P 500 index just prior to huge drops.  These forecasts were based on sentiment and Elliott Wave patterns.  I am now viewing the $681 to $1,265 rally in Gold as a 5 wave bullish structure that is in the final stages of ascent. Fifth waves are notoriously difficult to predict, but taking some off the table here for intermediate traders is probably a wise decision.  Correcting 38% or 50% of the $600 rally would take Gold back to $1030 to $965 area plus or minus, and not invalidate a larger bull structure.  

If you would like to view a video forecast with a chart and audio commentary on this Gold forecast, and the preceding wave patterns, go to www.activetradingpartners.com/articles to view for free. 

  

Written By David Banister From Active Trading Partners 


 

The most popular way to play gold is through ETFs and the biggest gold ETF is the SPDR Gold ETF (NYSE:GLD).  We have put together some details on the SPDR Gold ETF (NYSE:GLD) below for you to take a look at.
 

SPDR Gold Shares ETF (NYSE:GLD)    

SPDR Gold Shares offer investors an innovative, relatively cost efficient and secure way to access the gold market. SPDR Gold Shares are intended to offer investors a means of participating in the gold bullion market without the necessity of taking physical delivery of gold, and to buy and sell that interest through the trading of a security on a regulated stock exchange. The introduction of SPDR Gold Shares was intended to lower many of the barriers, such as access, custody, and transaction costs, that have prevented some investors from investing in gold.    

SPDR Gold Shares represent fractional, undivided beneficial ownership interests in the Trust, the sole assets of which are gold bullion, and, from time to time, cash. SPDR Gold Shares are intended to lower a large number of the barriers preventing investors from using gold as an asset allocation and trading tool. These barriers have included the logistics of buying, storing and insuring gold. In addition, certain pension funds and mutual funds do not or cannot hold physical commodities, such as gold, or the derivatives.    

Key Info

Name SPDR Gold Trust
Objective Designed to track the price of gold (net of Trust expenses)
Symbol GLD
Exchange New York Stock Exchange Arca
Initial Pricing Based on the price of 1/10th of an ounce of gold
Estimated Expense 0.40%*
Minimum Order Size 1 share
Sponsor World Gold Trust Services LLC
Trustee BNY Mellon Asset Servicing
Custodian HSBC Bank (USA)
Marketing Agent State Street Global Markets, LLC, an affiliate of State Street Global Advisors
Short Sale Eligible Yes
Margin Eligible Yes
Structure Continuously offered, open-ended investment trust

* The Sponsor and the Marketing Agent have agreed to reduce the fees payable to them from the assets of the Trust to the extent required so that the estimated ordinary expenses of the trust do not exceed an amount equal to 0.40% per annum of the daily net asset value during the period ending seven years from the date of the Trust Indenture or upon the earlier termination of the Marketing Agent Agreement. Investors should be aware that if the value of the Trust assets is less than approximately $388 million, the ordinary expenses of the Trust will be accrued at a rate greater than 0.40% per year of the daily ANAV of the Trust even after the Sponsor and the marketing Agent have completely reduced their combined fees of 0.30% per year of the daily ANAV of the Trust. This amount is based on the estimated ordinary expenses of the Trust.    


         

SPDR Gold Trust Advantages

Easily Accessible Listed on the NYSE Arca.
Secure The Gold Shares represent fractional, undivided interests in the Trust, the sole assets of which are physical gold bullion and, from time to time, cash.
Relatively Cost Effective For many investors, transaction costs related to the Gold Shares are expected to be lower than the costs associated with the purchase, storage, and insurance of gold bullion in a traditional gold bullion account.
Liquid Structure allows for baskets to be created and redeemed according to market demand, creating liquidity.
Transparent There exists a 24-hour global over-the counter market for gold bullion, which provides readily available market data. The price, holdings, and net asset value of Gold Shares, as well as market data for the overall gold bullion market, can be tracked daily at spdrgoldshares.com.
Flexible Gold Shares (NYSE Arca: GLD) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange Arca and trade the same way ordinary stocks do. It is possible to buy or sell Gold Shares continuously throughout the trading day on the exchange at prices established by the market. Additionally, it is possible to place market, limit and stop-loss orders of Gold Shares.

Investors have turned to gold ETFs as a safe haven during the recent stock market turmoil.  They offer a great way to protect you against risk in your portfolio during uncertain times. We have put together some other ETF options for your viewing below:                   

LONG:                   

The investment SPDR Gold ETF (NYSE: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 ETF (NYSE: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 ETF (NYSE: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 ETF (NYSE: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 ETF (NYSE: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 ETF (NYSE: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 ETF (NYSE: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 ETF (NYSE: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 ETF (NYSE: 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 ETF (NYSE: 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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