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Gold plows toward its strongest season

December 5, 2018 5:36 PM
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Gold futures have fallen 7.1 percent in 2018, which has proven difficult for investors in every asset class from equities to real estate and government bonds. The $9.2 billion (U.S.) VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF is down 16 percent this year, putting it on track for its biggest annual decline since 2015. If history is any guide, both could be poised for a rebound.

In the past 10 years, January through February has been the strongest period for gold prices, and miners have reaped the benefit, according to Bloomberg’s seasonality chart of spot gold and gold-linked ETFs. Since 2009, the spot gold price saw total of 5 percent return in the period, while VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF saw 6.1 percent gain.

Gold miners with highest leverage to gold-price changes include New Gold Inc., Kinross Gold Corp., Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. and Detour Gold Corp., according to Parkin. Looking at their average returns during January and February since 2009, shows that cumulative gain would have been around 35 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.


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