Precious Metals ETF Overview

Precious metals ETFs cover ETPs that track or hold baskets of precious metals. They are dominated, like our benchmark, by portfolios consisting almost entirely of a heavy allocation to gold and roughly 15-25% to silver. Precious metals ETFs can be found in the following segments:

With 32 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Precious Metals ETFs gather total assets under management of $132.18B. The average expense ratio is 0.52%. Precious Metals ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Precious Metals ETF is the SPDR Gold Trust GLD with $73.41B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Precious Metals ETF was the USV at 71.90%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Precious Metals space was the iPath Silver ETN SBUG in 10/08/19.

Top ETF Performers

USV ETRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Silver Total Return ETN 25.50%
PPLT Aberdeen Standard Physical Platinum Shares ETF 11.03%
PLTM GraniteShares Platinum Trust 10.98%
PGM iPath Series B Bloomberg Platinum Subindex Total Return ETN 9.53%
DGZ DB Gold Short ETN 4.46%

Bottom ETF Performers

UGL ProShares Ultra Gold -4.72%
DGP DB Gold Double Long ETN -4.10%
AGQ ProShares Ultra Silver -3.48%
ZSL ProShares UltraShort Silver -2.73%
IAUF iShares Gold Strategy ETF -2.19%

Top Creations

IAU iShares Gold Trust 558.12
SLV iShares Silver Trust 261.41
GLDM SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust 154.43
GLTR Aberdeen Standard Physical Precious Metals Basket Shares ETF 19.10
PPLT Aberdeen Standard Physical Platinum Shares ETF 16.52

Top Redemptions

GLD SPDR Gold Trust -663.75
BAR GraniteShares Gold Trust -18.89
SGOL Aberdeen Standard Physical Gold Shares ETF -16.69
PALL Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF -10.97
SIVR Aberdeen Standard Physical Silver Shares ETF -9.18

AUM Winners

GLL ProShares UltraShort Gold 57.14%
SLVO Credit Suisse X-Links Silver Shares Covered Call ETN 19.80%
GLDI Credit Suisse X-Links Gold Shares Covered Call ETN 15.59%
ZSL ProShares UltraShort Silver 10.53%
PLTM GraniteShares Platinum Trust 9.05%

AUM Losers

USV ETRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Silver Total Return ETN -68.68%
UBG ETRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Gold Total Return ETN -51.14%
DBS Invesco DB Silver Fund -16.08%
AGQ ProShares Ultra Silver -12.70%
BAR GraniteShares Gold Trust -11.12%

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