Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF
If you are more interested in an ETF play on gold miners, a good choice is the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE:GDX).
The GDX tracks the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, which is focused on U.S.-listed companies with a minimum market-cap requirement of $100 million. Top holdings include Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX), Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) and Yamana Gold (NYSE:AUY).
The GDX has posted a small gain of 1.13% year-to-date, but it has cruised as of late, rocketing 22% from August through November.
GDX manages roughly $10.25 billion in assets, so it’s able to afford a low expense ratio of 0.52%. It’s also very liquid at 13.5 million average trading volume.