GLTR weights exposure to these four metals in a fixed fashion. Approximately 50% of its portfolio is dedicated to gold while the remaining 50% is spread across silver, platinum and palladium. This is done to ensure that investors maintain exposure to all four metals while at the same time protecting against the volatility inherent in components such as palladium.

Although it is still relatively new to the industry, GLTR has already managed to gain an impressive following and currently trades hands over 100,000 times each day.

DBP and GLTR are designed for investors who remain uncertain about the future of precious metals. By diversifying across a collection of these commodities, investors do not need to worry about whether or not gold outperforms silver or platinum outperforms palladium. Instead, both funds will benefit from general strength across the industry as a whole.

Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

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At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was long iShares Gold Trust.

Don Dion is president and founder of Dion Money Management, a fee-based investment advisory firm to affluent individuals, families and nonprofit organizations, where he is responsible for setting investment policy, creating custom portfolios and overseeing the performance of client accounts. Founded in 1996 and based in Williamstown, Mass., Dion Money Management manages assets for clients in 49 states and 11 countries. Dion is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Maine and has more than 25 years' experience working in the financial markets, having founded and run two publicly traded companies before establishing Dion Money Management.

Dion also is publisher of the Fidelity Independent Adviser family of newsletters, which provides to a broad range of investors his commentary on the financial markets, with a specific emphasis on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. With more than 100,000 subscribers in the U.S. and 29 other countries, Fidelity Independent Adviser publishes six monthly newsletters and three weekly newsletters. Its flagship publication, Fidelity Independent Adviser, has been published monthly for 11 years and reaches 40,000 subscribers.

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