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 ETF.com segments:

With 35 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Precious Metals ETFs gather total assets under management of $2.70B. The average expense ratio is 0.94%. Precious Metals ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Precious Metals ETF is the ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares SGOL with $783.07M in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Precious Metals ETF was the DSLV at 57.51%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Precious Metals space was the Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF AAAU in 07/26/18.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

DSLV VelocityShares 3X Inverse Silver ETN 12.73%
ZSL ProShares UltraShort Silver 8.81%
DGLD VelocityShares 3X Inverse Gold ETN 4.42%
DZZ DB Gold Double Short ETN 3.55%
PALL ETFS Physical Palladium Shares 3.21%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

USLV VelocityShares 3X Long Silver ETN -13.59%
AGQ ProShares Ultra Silver -8.67%
USV ETRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Silver Total Return ETN -5.32%
UGLD VelocityShares 3X Long Gold ETN -4.83%
DBS Invesco DB Silver Fund -4.34%

TOP CREATIONS

GLD SPDR Gold Trust 472.31
IAU iShares Gold Trust 199.16
GLDM SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust 37.57
SIVR ETFS Physical Silver Shares 21.76
GLTR Aberdeen Standard Physical Precious Metals Basket Shares ETF 14.73

TOP REDEMPTIONS

SLV iShares Silver Trust -65.17
SGOL ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares -23.34
DGL Invesco DB Gold Fund -22.99
USLV VelocityShares 3X Long Silver ETN -11.74
GLL ProShares UltraShort Gold -7.88

AUM WINNERS

DSLV VelocityShares 3X Inverse Silver ETN 45.22%
GLDM SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust 32.59%
AAAU Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF 22.28%
BAR GraniteShares Gold Trust 9.80%
UGLD VelocityShares 3X Long Gold ETN 8.29%

AUM LOSERS

GLL ProShares UltraShort Gold -31.39%
ZSL ProShares UltraShort Silver -28.81%
PLTM GraniteShares Platinum Trust -19.73%
DGZ DB Gold Short ETN -19.25%
DZZ DB Gold Double Short ETN -14.01%

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