Precious metals are one of the rarest and most valuable commodities in the world, making them a popular investment tool for long-term buy-and-hold and short-term investors alike. Typically, this asset class has appeal as a safe haven, since its returns aregenerallygreater in periods of high market volatility. Besides the commodity's inherent use as a store of value, precious metals are also used in a number of manufacturing applications. Although gold is perhaps the most popular precious metal, palladium, platinum, and silver are also viable and potentially lucrative options to round out a portfolio's commodity exposure . For investors looking to establish a tactical tilt towards this particular subset of the commodities market or for those who simply wish to further diversify their portfolios, there are a number of ETPs that offer exposure to this lucrative corner of the market. The Precious Metals ETFdb Categoryincludes more than 20 exchange-traded products, which provide both broad and metal-specific exposure to precious metals.
The Pro member download from the Precious Metals ETFdb Category page can be used to highlight the Precious Metals ETFs with the lowest expenses, highest dividend yields, and best historical performance .
|Precious Metals ETFdb Category |
|Number of ETFs ||22 |
|ER Range ||0.25% to 1.00% |
|Total Assets ||$100 billion |
|As of 1/29/2013 |
Cheapest Precious Metals ETFs
Some funds charge as little as 25 basis points while others have expense ratios of up to 1.00% annually.
The cheapest Precious Metals ETF is the COMEX Gold Trust (IAU)at 0.25%, followed by the E-TRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Gold ETN (UBG) and the Physical Silver Shares (SIVR)at 0.30%.
Commission Free Precious Metals ETFs
There are no ETFs in the Precious Metals ETFdb Category that are eligible for commission free trading.
Most Heavily Traded Precious Metals ETF
On an average day, the ETFs in the Precious Metals ETFdb Category trade more than 26 million shares. The most heavily traded ETF in this category is the iShares Silver Trust (SLV), which has an average daily volume of about 11 million shares.
|Realtime Ratings: Precious Metals ETFs |
|Metric ||Top ETF ||Rating |
|Liquidity ||iShares Silver Trust (SLV) ||A+ |
|Expenses ||COMEX Gold Trust (IAU) ||A+ |
|Performance ||Pure Beta Precious Metals ETN (BLNG) ||A+ |
|Volatility ||RBS Gold Trendpilot ETN (TBAR) ||A+ |
|Dividend ||n/a || |
|Concentration ||n/a || |
Best Performing Precious Metals ETFs
The performance of Precious Metals ETFs is all over the board, especially during the last year. As of January 29, 2013, the best performing Precious Metals ETFs are as follows:
|Best Performers |
|1 Year ||Physical Palladium Shares(PALL) ||+6.32% |
|3 Years ||Physical Silver Shares(SIVR) ||+84.53% |
|5 Years ||Silver Trust(SLV) ||+83.15% |
|As of 1/29/2013 |
Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.