Gold is a historical “safe-haven” investment and an alternative to traditional stocks and bonds. It offers several unique investment characteristics and investors stand to benefit if they consider gold in the context of its storied history, the secular trends currently supporting its outlook, and the portfolio benefits it may offer over long time horizons.
Gold can be mystifying. But, it stands out as a distinct and independent asset class offering more efficient diversification. Gold offers versatility of investment vehicles, diversification among correlated holdings, and the potential of safety during market volatility. Read how to find the right gold for your portfolio.
Since partnering with the World Gold Council to launch the first US-listed gold exchange traded fund in 2004, State Street has democratized access to gold as an asset class.
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*Diversification: Bloomberg Finance L.P and State Street Global Advisors, as of September 30,2020. Gold’s monthly correlation to the S&P 500 Index and Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond Index over the last 20 years are 0.05 and 0.18, respectively. Gold’s daily correlation to the S&P 500 Index and Bloomberg Barclays Aggregated Bond Index in 2020 are 0.38 and 0.20, respectively. Diversification does not ensure a profit or guarantee against loss. Returns: Bloomberg Finance L.P., and State Street Global Advisors. During 2020 volatility, based on average monthlyreturns from 1/1/2020-9/30/2020, gold has provided a return of 24.57%, while the S&P 500 provided a return of 5.89 for the same period. On a longer-term basis, gold has returned 3.74% over a 10-year period from 9/30/2010 to 9/30/2020, and 10.13% for the 20 years from 9/30/2000 to 9/30/2020, while the S&P 500 provided a return of 13.730% and 6.41%, respectively, for the same periods ended 9//30/2020. Notes: gold is represented by LBMA gold price PM ($/oz.). Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Liquidity: Source: World Gold Council, date range from 01/01/2020 to 9/20/2020. Gold has maintained an average daily trading volume of $189 billion, or $47 trillion annually, which is on par with the S&P 500 average daily trading volume of $212 billion. There can be no assurance that a liquid market will be maintained for ETF shares.
1 Bloomberg Financial, L.P. and State Street Global Advisors; as of March 31, 2021.
2 Bloomberg Financial, L.P. and State Street Global Advisors; measuring by nominal value; as of March 31, 2021.
3 Bloomberg Finance, L.P., World Gold Council, and State Street Global Advisors; as of March 31, 2021.
4 Average daily percent (%) bid-ask spread since inception of GLD on November 18, 2004.
5 SPDR Gold Shares’ option market is 230 times greater than that of next largest competitor based on notional open interest; Bloomberg Finance, L.P., State Street Global Advisors, as of March 31, 2021.
6 Bloomberg Finance L.P., World Gold Council and State Street Global Advisors, as of 31 March 2021.
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Diversification does not ensure a profit or guarantee against loss.
There can be no assurance that a liquid market will be maintained for ETF shares.