Precious Metals Investing Shines Amid Market Turmoil

Jim Woods

Jim Woods has over 20 years of experience in the markets from working as a stockbroker, financial journalist, and money manager.

Precious metals investing is a pursuit which attracts many investors, including me.


Gold, silver and other precious metals are generally regarded as safe-haven investments in times of market turmoil, as their value is considered to be intrinsic and less connected to other asset classes compared to the broader stock market. Many exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer exposure to segments of the precious metals industry, often by investing in mining companies or companies that make their profits somewhere along the supply chain.

However, a select few allow the opportunity for a more direct investment. These funds invest assets in physical bullion, letting investors essentially own shares in the metals themselves as a commodity. One of these is abrdn Physical Precious Metals Basket Shares ETF (GLTR).

This fund’s holdings are simple and easy to understand. They include gold bullion (about 60% of its assets) and physical silver bullion (about 25%), with the remainder divided between palladium and platinum bullion. The fund’s price moves in line with the weighted prices of the assets in question.


It is not surprising that GLTR’s share price is currently near a high, given the accretive price action in gold and other precious metals in the last two months. Consider that in the last 12 months, GLTR is up 1.3%, putting it just ahead of the S&P 500’s performance in the same time frame. The fund is up 5.4% in calendar year 2023.

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Assets under management for this fund total $1 billion. The expense ratio for this fund is 0.60%. This fund offers investors the opportunity to invest in physical metals without exposing themselves to decisions and business conditions related to any specific companies or groups of companies.


For those looking for a pure play on the value of gold and other precious metals, abrdn Physical Precious Metals Basket Shares ETF (GLTR) shines as a provider of such an opportunity.

As always, I am happy to answer any of your questions about ETFs, so do not hesitate to send me an email. You may just see your question answered in a future ETF Talk.

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