The price of gold may be flying so far in 2016, but the yellow metal is still trailing the miners plucking it from the ground. Steven Dunn, executive director at ETF Securities, said investors should not abandon the physical metal to jump on the miner bandwagon so quickly. 'There’s a lot of leverage and debt in the miner space,' said Dunn. 'If you are looking at it from a risk parity type of trade of the metal versus the miners there is a lot more risk associated with the miners currently.' Gold, as tracked by the ETFS Physical Swiss Gold ETF (SGOL), is up 17% year-to-date. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), which holds mining giants like Barrick Gold (ABX), Goldcorp (GG) and Newmont Mining (NEM), is up 41% since the start of 2016. As for the factors driving gold higher, Dunn said it starts with the volatility investors have been feeling in the equity market.

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