Trading on geopolitical concerns


With the gold price back above US$1,300 gold equities have risen.  Missile testing by North Korea has escalated global tensions and made investors jittery.  Gold is a safe-haven asset that investors use to protect themselves from the unknown.

The outlook supports demand for the precious metal and their miners. With one of the world’s largest hedge fund managers looking to gold to protect against a market fall, Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio is recommending gold as a safe haven asset.

The gold price has increased since North Korea started a missile testing program earlier this year.  The price of, gold has shot above US$1,300 as investors poured back into safe haven assets to protect themselves from the unknown.  That’s a sharp rise from the end of 2016 when gold traded at US$1,145.90. 

Investors are concerned about the catastrophic economic and financial consequences of an escalation between North Korea and its neighbours and the possibility of a US strike. This has been reflected in the rising price of gold bullion.

According to Barron’s, “gold is a no-brainer hedge against the risks of the unknown.”[1]  Gold mining stocks provide leverage to the gold price. Therefore, it is no surprise that miners have enjoyed a surge. In August alone, the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (ASX code: GDX) has jumped 8.6%.

VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX)

Australian investors can potentially take advantage of the gold rally by investing in GDX. Available on ASX, GDX is the world’s largest gold miners ETF and gives investors instant access to a diversified portfolio of global gold mining companies in a single trade.

With nearly 50 years of experience managing gold equities, VanEck has the longest tenure among global asset managers in the gold sector.

Gold has historically been a safe haven for investors. In light of recent geopolitical events, and warnings by the world’s biggest hedge fund managers of a stock market downturn, GDX presents a unique and convenient opportunity for investors to capitalise on increasing gold bullion and miner prices.

Many Australian investors would have no exposure at all to the precious metal, yet Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio comments that investors should allocate 5% to 10% of their portfolios to  gold.[2] 



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Published: 09 August 2018