Supply And Demand To Boost New Metals ETF (WITE)

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December 4, 2010 12:11am NYSE:WITE

As the overall health of the US labor force continues to remain in question and Central Banks in the developed world continue to implement loose monetary policies, the appeal of metals remains

 intact resulting in the introduction of ETF Securities newest metals ETF, the ETFS Physical White Metals Basket Shares (NYSE:WITE).

WITE, which started trading today, is the first US physically backed ETF to exclusively hold silver, platinum and palladium in equal fixed weights.  According to the prospectus, the Shares of WITE represent beneficial interest in the Trust, which holds physical allocated silver, platinum and palladium bullion held in vaults by the JP Morgan Chase (NYSE:JPM). The silver is expected to be held in vaults in London, while Platinum and Palladium are expected to be held in London or Zurich.   

The newly created ETF seeks to track the spot price of all three metals and carries an expense ratio of 0.60%. 

As for the future of the ETF, both platinum and palladium are expected to witness increased demand due to their roles in emissions reduction in automobiles and diesel-fuelled trucks.  As for silver, it carries many of the same characteristics as it sister metal, gold, and is heavily used in the industrial sector.

In regards to global demand for these metals, as nations around the world continue to improve emissions standards on vehicles demand for platinum and palladium will remain.  As for silver, demand is likely to be supported from global economic growth, which will likely boost the industrial sector, as well as overall fear in the recovery of the US economy. 

On the supply side, production of newly mined platinum and palladium is expected to remain insufficient to satisfy demand and the supplies of recycled platinum are slowly dwindling away.  As for silver, a shortage is on the horizon.  Annual world consumption has been outpacing production for nearly two decades, eating away at stockpiles.  Furthermore, nearly 65-70% of global silver production comes through electrolytic copper refining, gold, nickel and zinc refining. As a result, a significant amount of silver cannot be produced without disruption to other mining activities leading to the overproduction in other metals, making silver supply from mining relatively inelastic and insensitive to price changes.

In a nutshell, the outlook of platinum, palladium and silver remains bright, and will likely enable WITE to reap the benefits in the near future.

Written By Kevin Grewal From ETF Tutor  Disclosure: No Positions 

Kevin Grewal is the founder, editor and publisher of ETF Tutor and serves as the editor at, where he focuses on mitigating risk and implementing exit strategies to preserve equity. Additionally, he is the editor at The ETF Institute, which is the only independent organization providing financial professionals with certification, education, and training pertaining to exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Prior to this, Grewal was a quantitative analyst at a small hedge fund where he constructed portfolios dealing with stock lending, exchange-traded funds, arbitrage mechanisms and alternative investments. He is an expert at dealing with ETFs and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California along with a MBA from the California State University, Fullerton. He is a contributing author on The Street – his articles can also be found published on various sites including Yahoo! Finance, The Globe and Mail , Daily Markets, MSN Money, Seeking Alpha, Fidelity Investments, Traders Library, and Minyanville.

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