In an uncertain world and changing markets, investors who want to own gold and silver stocks may find these precious metals ETFs the best choice.
Precious metals like gold and silver stocks dropped, along with stock markets, in March 2020 as the pandemic forced a global shutdown. They then quickly reversed themselves to soar for investors.
For many investors, gold and silver represent “safe harbours” in turbulent times and it’s why we expect further price jumps for these precious metals even as the COVID-19 pandemic eases in some regions of the world. The following ETFs let you tap that growth through top-quality global miners.
ISHARES S&P/TSX GLOBAL GOLD INDEX ETFis a buy for aggressive investors.The fund(Toronto symbol XGD; buy or sell through brokers; ca.ishares.com)aims to mirror the performance of the S&P/TSX Global Gold Index; it’s made up of 50 gold stocks from Canada and around the world.
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The ETF began trading on March 23, 2001. It charges investors an acceptable 0.61% MER.
The fund’s top holdings include Newmont, 20.4%; Barrick Gold, 14.8%; Franco-Nevada Corp., 11.3%; Wheaton Precious Metals, 8.1%; Agnico-Eagle Mines, 6.0%; Kirkland Lake Gold, 4.2%; and Gold Fields Ltd., 3.3%.
The ETF cuts risk for investors by focusing on politically stable mining jurisdictions: Canadian firms comprise 67.3% of the fund’s assets, followed by the U.S. (24.4%) and South Africa (7.5%).
ETFs: Canadian firms make up 51% of ETF’s holdings
GLOBAL X SILVER MINERS ETFis also a buy for aggressive investors.The fund (New York symbol SIL; buy or sell through brokers; www.globalxfunds.com) tracks the Solactive Global Silver Miners Index.
Set up in April 2010, the ETF gives you exposure to 41 international firms that mine, refine or explore for silver. The fund has 59.0% of its assets in Canada. That’s ahead of Russia (12.2%), the U.S. (11.1%), the U.K. (5.2%), South Korea (4.9%), and Peru (4.2%). Investors in the Global X Silver Miners ETF face an acceptable MER of 0.65%.
The quality of the fund’s top holdings should drive your future gains: Wheaton Precious Metals represents 24.0% of total assets; Polymetal International, 12.3%; Pan American Silver, 9.5%; Hecla Mining, 5.6%; Korea Zinc, 4.8%; SSR Mining, 4.7%; First Majestic, 4.5%; Buenaventura, 3.6%; Fresnillo plc, 3.5%; and Coeur Mining, 3.3%.
Recommendation in Canadian Wealth Advisor: Global X Silver Miners ETF and iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index ETF are buys for aggressive investors.
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