Top Performer Precious Metals Exchange Traded Funds July 2012

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The 10 top performer precious metals exchange traded funds up to July 29, 2012 are iShares COMEX Gold Trust, SPDR Gold Trust, PowerShares DB Gold Fund, etc.

Best Performing ETFs

These best performing exchange traded funds are sorted based on its YTD performance. There are a total of 20 ETFs in this precious metal ETF category. The expense ratios are ranging from 0.25% to 1%. The ETFs issuers are Barclays iPath, ETF Securities, Invesco PowerShares, iShares, RBS, State Street, and UBS.
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The 10 top performer precious metals exchange traded funds up to July 29, 2012 are:
  1. iShares COMEX Gold Trust (IAU)
  2. SPDR Gold Trust (GLD)
  3. ETF Securities Swiss Gold Shares (SGOL)
  4. UBS E-TRACS CMCI Gold Total Return ETN (UBG)
  5. PowerShares DB Gold Fund (DGL)
  6. ETFS Physical Asian Gold Shares (AGOL)
  7. RBS Gold Trendpilot ETN (TBAR)
  8. PowerShares DB Precious Metals Fund (DBP)
  9. iPath Dow Jones-AIG Precious Metals Total Return Sub-Index ETN (JJP)
  10. ETFS Physical Precious Metal Basket Shares (GLTR)
Updated on 7/30/2012

1. iShares COMEX Gold Trust (Ticker: IAU)

The iShares COMEX Gold Trust fund objective is to track the day-to-day movement of the price of gold bullion. The shares are backed by physical gold located in New York, Toronto, London and other locations. Its total net assets are $9.51 billion. The expense ratio is only 0.25%.

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This precious metals commodity fund has returned 19.04% over the past 3 year, and 19.29% over the past 5 year. The 3-year beta risk is 0.58. The year to date return is 3.87%.

2. SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE: GLD)

SPDR Gold Trust fund is gold bullion ETF. It has slightly higher expense ratio of 0.40%. It has $65.7 billion of total assets. There is no yield (i.e. dividend is 0%). The fund is traded like stock with 14.8 million of average volume. The fund CUSIP number is 78463V107.

This trustee of this fund is Bank of New York. The custodian is HSBC Bank USA, N.A. The fund sponsor is World Gold Trust Services, LLC. This fund is traded at NYSE Arca Exchange. Its YTD return is 3.65%.

3. ETF Securities Swiss Gold Shares (SGOL)

This ETF Securities Swiss Gold Shares fund invests mainly in physical gold bullion. The annual expense ratio is 0.39%. A share of ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares represents a 0.1-ounce ownership stake in gold bullion held in UBS AG's vaults in Switzerland subcustodian.

4. UBS E-TRACS CMCI Gold Total Return ETN (UBG)

UBS E-TRACS CMCI Gold Total Return ETN tracks the UBS Bloomberg CMCI Gold Total Return index. Its annual expense ratio is 0.30%. It has relatively small assets of $8.16 million. The fund inception date is March 31, 2008.

8. PowerShares DB Precious Metals Fund (DBP)

The PowerShares DB Precious Metals Fund invests most of its assets to track   the price and yield performance of the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index - Optimum Yield Precious Metals Excess Return. It has $338 million of assets. The annual expense ratio is 0.77%.

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This top performer precious metals ETF has returned 19.61% over the past 3 year, and 17.20% over the past 5 year.

Disclosure: No Position

Fund Performance
NoNameSymbolPriceAssetsAvg. VolYTD
1iShares COMEX Gold TrustIAU$15.82 $9,461,813 5,095,3623.87%
2SPDR Gold TrustGLD$157.54 $65,146,701 10,151,2593.65%
3ETF Securities Swiss Gold SharesSGOL$160.58 $1,791,776 109,3523.65%
4UBS E-TRACS CMCI Gold Total Return ETNUBG$43.03 $8,214 3,1712.99%
5PowerShares DB Gold FundDGL$55.98 $345,464 100,0952.81%
6ETFS Physical Asian Gold SharesAGOL$160.18 $72,374 7522.75%
7RBS Gold Trendpilot ETNTBAR$28.94 $28,651 8,9032.73%
8PowerShares DB Precious Metals FundDBP$55.05 $328,680 67,8952.17%
9iPath DJ-UBS Prec Metals TR Sub-Idx ETNJJP$85.77 $39,549 3,4531.72%
10ETFS Physical Precious Metal Basket SharesGLTR$87.52 $174,500 9,5401.47%
11ETFS Physical Platinum SharesPPLT$139.02 $679,385 42,5860.87%
12ETFS Silver TrustSIVR$27.56 $490,390 235,1250.15%

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