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 36 ETFs traded on the U.S. markets, Precious Metals ETFs have total assets under management of $118.56B. The average expense ratio is 0.53%. Precious Metals ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Precious Metals ETF is the SPDR Gold Trust GLD with $61.03B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best-performing Precious Metals ETF was ZSL at 30.66%. The most recent ETF launched in the Precious Metals space was the USCF Gold Strategy Plus Income Fund ETF GLDX on 11/03/21.

Top ETF Performers

ZSL ProShares UltraShort Silver 40.08%
DZZ DB Gold Double Short ETN 17.72%
GLL ProShares UltraShort Gold 17.64%
DGZ DB Gold Short ETN 8.68%
GLTR Aberdeen Standard Physical Precious Metals Basket Shares ETF --

Bottom ETF Performers

AGQ ProShares Ultra Silver -30.72%
DBS Invesco DB Silver Fund -16.44%
DGP DB Gold Double Long ETN -15.95%
UGL ProShares Ultra Gold -15.94%
SBUG iPath Silver ETN -13.96%

Top Creations

SLV iShares Silver Trust 431.67
GLDM SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust 254.41
IAU iShares Gold Trust 238.22
GLD SPDR Gold Trust 233.68
AAAU Goldman Sachs Physical Gold ETF 73.56

Top Redemptions

IAUM iShares Gold Trust Micro -48.45
PALL Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF -10.66
DBP Invesco DB Precious Metals Fund -5.22
GLL ProShares UltraShort Gold -1.20
JJP iPath Series B Bloomberg Precious Metals Subindex Total Return ETN 0

AUM Winners

GLL ProShares UltraShort Gold 52.32%
DZZ DB Gold Double Short ETN 18.20%
IAUF iShares Gold Strategy ETF 15.19%
ZSL ProShares UltraShort Silver 10.53%
DGZ DB Gold Short ETN 8.89%

AUM Losers

AGQ ProShares Ultra Silver -29.18%
GLDX USCF Gold Strategy Plus Income Fund ETF -26.15%
UGL ProShares Ultra Gold -25.77%
AAAU Goldman Sachs Physical Gold ETF -20.47%
IAUM iShares Gold Trust Micro -17.10%

Features and News

How ETF Assets React To Bear Markets

A look at what history suggests.

Daily ETF Watch

Simplify Adds Multi-Asset Macro ETF

The issuer’s newest fund offers a one-stop solution for current markets that combines exposure to other ETFs with a derivatives overlay.

Daily ETF Watch

Global X Unveils Europe’s 1st Silver Miners ETF

U.S.-listed equivalent 'SIL' has $1 billion in assets under management.

Daily ETF Watch

Merk Launches Stagflation Themed ETF

‘STGF’ will hold other ETFs to try and benefit from long-term slow growth.

Features and News

ETFs With The Highest & Lowest Trading Spreads

The bid/ask spread is a key component of the total cost of investing in ETFs.

Features and News

Understanding Oil ETFs

Oil ETFs have performed phenomenally this year, but these aren’t buy-and-hold investments.

Daily ETF Watch

Filings Roundup: A Raft Of Unique Proposed ETFs

From mid-February to mid-March, the ETF industry saw a variety of filings land with the SEC. Analysis

The Paradox Of Diversification

Investors are more likely to avoid diversification when they need it the most.

Features and News

Metals Heating Up

Though industrial and precious metals have different performance drivers, both are hot areas of the market right now.