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Top 10 Precious Metals Commodity ETFs

SLV (iShares Silver Trust) The assest of the trust consist primarily of silver held by the custodian on behalf of the trust. The objective of the trust is for the shares to reflect the price of silver less the trust's expenses and liabilitities. J.P. Morgan Chase London branch is the custodian of the trust. The fund was launched in April 2006. The expense ratio is .50%. AUM equal $12 billion and average daily trading volume is 157K shares.

SIVR (ETF Securities Physical Silver Shares) The Shares represent beneficial interest in the Trust, which in turn holds physical allocated silver bullion held in vaults by the Custodian (HSBC Bank USA N.A.). All physical silver held with HSBC conforms to the London Bullion Market Association's (LBMA) rules for Good Delivery. The fund was launched in July 2009. The expense ratio is .30%. AUM equal $760 million and average daily trading volume is 550K shares.

 

 

PPLT (ETF Securities Physical Plantinum Shares) The Shares represent beneficial interest in the Trust which in turn holds allocated physical platinum bullion bars stored in secure vaults in London and Zurich on behalf of the Custodian, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.,. Each physical plate and ingot is properly segregated, individually identified and allocated towards the property of the Trust. All physical platinum conforms to the London Platinum and Palladium Market (LPPM) rules for Good Delivery. The fund was launched in January 2010. The expense ratio is .60%. AUM equal $865 million and average daily trading volume is 66K shares. As of late August 2011 the YTD return was less than 3%.

 

 

PALL (ETF Securities Physical Palladium Shares) The Shares represent beneficial interest in the Trust, which in turn holds allocated physical palladium bullion bars stored in secure vaults in London and Zurich on behalf of the Custodian, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.,. Each physical plate and ingot is properly segregated, individually identified and allocated towards the property of the Trust. All physical palladium conforms to the London Platinum and Palladium Market (LPPM) rules for Good Delivery. The fund was launched in January 2010. The expense ratio is .60%. AUM equal $685 million and average daily trading volume is 165K shares. As of late August 2011 the YTD return was -5.70%.

 

 

DBP (PowerShares DB Precious Metals Fund) follows the DBIQ Otitim Yield precious metals Index Excess Return which is a rules based index compoased of futures contracts in both gold (80%) and silver (20%). The fund was launched in January 2007. The expense ratio is .75%. AUM equal $684 million and average daily trading volume is 150K shares. As late August 2011 the YTD return was 28.30%.

 

JJP (iPath Dow Jones-UBS Precious Metals ETN) follows the Dow Jones-UBS Precious Metals Subindex Total Return Index which consists of futures contracts in both gold (73%) and silver (26%). The fund was launched in June 2008. The expense ratio is .75%. AUM equal $140 million and average daily trading volume is 22K shares. As of late August 2011 the YTD return was 28.70%.

There is a rapidly expanding series of direct precious metals ETFs and ETNs especially when economic, fiscal and central bank monetary policies can dramatically affect prices. Naturally the value of the dollar is another key factor to price behavior. We've chosen to feature some ETPs that may be repetitive but clearly have something to offer as well.

One thing seems clear when viewing many of these ETFs are the similar trend patterns many have presented. This is primarily due to globalization but also is the result of easy monetary conditions throughout the developed world allowing for higher prices for many commodities despite misleading official inflation data.  

For further information about portfolio structures using this or other ETFs see www.etfdigest.com.

You may address any feedback to: feedback@etfdigest.com  

(Source for holding data is from ETF Database and from various sponsors.)

 

This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.

Dave Fry is founder and publisher of ETF Digest, Dave's Daily blog and the best-selling book author of Create Your Own ETF Hedge Fund, A DIY Strategy for Private Wealth Management, published by Wiley Finance in 2008. A detailed bio is here: Dave Fry.

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