Christian Magoon: Here’s the complete list of all gold ETF and gold ETN products ranked by their performance through July 7th, 2012. This compilation proves why selecting the best gold ETF or ETN for a particular portfolio can make a massive difference in investment performance.
As you can see the list ranges from a gain of 10% (NYSEARCA:DUST) to a loss of 45% (NYSEARCA:NUGT). These two gold ETF products are of the leveraged nature however, 3x as a matter of fact.
Examining gold ETF and ETN products that do not employ leverage shows a gap between a gain of 2.7% (NYSEARCA:TBAR) and a loss of 28% (NYSEARCA:GLDX).
The largest gold ETF products are the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:GLD) and the iShares Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:IAU). These ETFs hold over $75 billion in assets combined and the competition between them is harsh. Their performance of 1.13% to 1.25% respectively ensures that most gold ETF investors are in the green this year when it comes to gold ETFs.
In contrast a review of the two largest gold mining ETFs tells a different story. The Market Vectors Gold Mining ETF (NYSEARCA:GDX) and the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA:GDXJ) have the lion’s share of gold stock ETF assets. Together they hold over $10 billion of investor assets. Gold stocks and the ETFs that track them have been on a slide over the last year. Year to date performance from GoldETFs.biz shows these two ETFs down 13% and 28% respectively. While some say that gold stocks are due for a comeback and will soon track gold prices more closely, many believe that gold stocks are on a permanent disconnect in their relationship to gold prices due to industry specific dynamics like rising costs and the attractiveness of various gold ETF products.
Clearly the first half of 2012 has been a volatile year for gold ETF and ETN products of all persuasions. It appears it remains important to “know what you own” when it comes to gold exchange- traded products.
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Christian Magoon is Publisher of GoldETFs.biz and IndiaETFs.com. He is also CEO of Magoon Capital, a strategic consultant firm to asset managers. Christian Magoon is an ETF insider, having launched over 40 ETFs in the United States to date. A widely recognized thought leader on finance and market issues, Christian regularly contributes to many financial media outlets. Prior to forming Magoon Capital in 2010, Christian was President of Claymore Securities (now Guggenheim Investments), where he built one of the fastest growing and most innovative ETF businesses in the country, gathering more than $3 billion in AUM in three years. He launched more than 40 ETFs, introducing many “firsts” to the U.S. market, including the first Frontier Markets, Sector Rotation, Solar Energy, Timber, BRIC and suite of China focused ETFs. Christian consistently provides his industry insights and knowledge as a commentator in the U.S. media speaking publicly on macro investment issues and ETF related topics. Follow him on Twitter @ChristianMagoon. In 2008, he was named by Institutional Investor News as one of the five people to watch in the U.S. ETF marketplace. In 2011, Financial Planning magazine dubbed Christian an “ETF Pioneer.”