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Gold ETFs

gold-trading 185In what is likely the no-brainer of the year, investors looking for a market-beating opportunity right now should consider turning to gold. The two leading physical gold ETFs — SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE:GLD) and the iShares Gold Trust (NYSE:IAU) — are both up 18% year to date in 2011. That’s even after gold prices have rolled back from highs over $1,900 this summer to under $1,700 right now.

Gold mining stocks had been outperforming the market nicely this year until a few weeks ago when the bottom fell out of the sector as gold prices flopped. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE:GDX) has suffered a 10% drop in less than a month to put it in the red so far this year — but as recently as September, GDX was sitting on a 5% gain in 2011. There is a chance that this fund is a bit oversold as miners like Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX), Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) and Goldcorp (NYSE:GG) have been held back in recent weeks.

As investors look to take shelter in hard assets, gold is one of the big fall-back investments right now. These ETFs provide an easy way to play the gold rush without worrying about storing physical gold bars in your basement.

Article printed from InvestorPlace Media, http://investorplace.com/2011/10/5-market-beating-etf-strategies-for-your-portfolio/.

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