Important Risks ETF Securities
The statements and opinions expressed are those of the author and are as of the date of this report. All information is historical and not indicative of future results and subject to change. Reader should not assume that an investment in any securities and/or precious metals mentioned was or would be profitable in the future. This information is not a recommendation to buy or sell. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
The ETFS Silver Trust, ETFS Gold Trust, ETFS Platinum Trust, ETFS Palladium Trust and Precious Metals Basket Trust are not investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or a commodity pool for purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act. Shares of the Trusts are not subject to the same regulatory requirements as mutual funds. These investments are not suitable for all investors. Trusts focusing on a single commodity generally experience greater volatility.
Commodities generally are volatile and are not suitable for all investors. Trusts focusing on a single commodity generally experience greater volatility. Please refer to the prospectus for complete information regarding all risks associated with the Trusts. Shares in the Trusts are not FDIC insured and may lose value and have no bank guarantee.
The value of the Shares relates directly to the value of the precious metal held by the Trust and fluctuations in the price could materially adversely affect investment in the Shares. Several factors may affect the price of precious metals, including:
- A change in economic conditions, such as a recession, can adversely affect the price of the precious metal held by the Trust. Some metals are used in a wide range of industrial applications, and an economic downturn could have a negative impact on its demand and, consequently, its price and the price of the Shares;
- Investors’ expectations with respect to the rate of inflation;
- Currency exchange rates;
- interest rates;
- Investment and trading activities of hedge funds and commodity funds; and
- Global or regional political, economic or financial events and situations. Should there be an increase in the level of hedge activity of the precious metal held by the trust or producing companies, it could cause a decline in world precious metal prices, adversely affecting the price of the Shares. Should there be an increase in the level of hedge activity of the precious metal held by the Trusts or producing companies, it could cause a decline in world precious metal prices, adversely affecting the price of the shares.
Also, should the speculative community take a negative view towards the precious metal held by the Trusts, it could cause a decline in prices, negatively impacting the price of the shares. There is a risk that part or all of the Trusts’ physical precious metal could be lost, damaged or stolen. Failure by the Custodian or Sub-Custodian to exercise due care in the safekeeping of the precious metal held by the Trusts could result in a loss to the Trusts.
The Trusts will not insure its precious metals and shareholders cannot be assured that the custodian will maintain adequate insurance or any insurance with respect to the precious metals held by the custodian on behalf of the Trust. Consequently, a loss may be suffered with respect to the Trust’s precious metal that is not covered by insurance.
Commodities generally are volatile and are not suitable for all investors.
Please refer to the prospectus for complete information regarding all risks associated with the Trust.
Investors buy and sell shares on a secondary market (i.e., not directly from Trusts). Only market makers or “authorized participants” may trade directly with the Trusts, typically in blocks of 50k to 100k shares.
Index definitions: Precious Metals evaluated using ETFS Physical Precious Metals Basket Index which reflects the daily performance of an investment in a precious metals basket with the following fixed components and ratios: gold (0.030oz), silver (1.100oz), platinum (0.004oz) and palladium (0.006oz). The Bloomberg Commodity Index is a broadly diversified commodity price index distributed by Bloomberg Indexes. The MSCI World Index is a free-float weighted equity index developed to track developed world markets, and does not include emerging markets. The S&P 500 Index is a capitalization-weighted index of 500 stocks selected by the Standard & Poor’s Index Committee designed to represent the performance of the leading industries in the U.S. economy. The MSCI Emerging Markets (EM) Index is an equity index that captures large and midcap representation across Emerging Markets countries. The Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index (Barclays Agg) is a broad-based flagship benchmark that measures the investment grade, US dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index is a global, equal-weighted index of over 2,000 single-manager funds in the Hedge Fund Research Database. The FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITS Total Return Index is a market capitalization weighted index that includes all tax qualified REITs listed in the NYSE, AMEX, and NASDAQ National Market. The LPX50 is designed and calculated by LPX Group, and contains the largest private equity companies listed on global stock exchanges. The index composition is well diversified across listed private equity categories, styles, regions and vintage years.
Statistic definitions: Correlation is a measure of fluctuation between two variables, cumulative return is the aggregate amount an investment has gained or lost over time, annualized return is amount of money earned by an investment each year over a given time period, volatility is a measure of dispersion of returns, upside/downside capture shows how an investment relates to the movements of an index, and the sharpe ratio indicates the average return minus the risk-free return divided by the standard deviation of return on an investment.z
Commodities generally are volatile and are not suitable for all investors. This material must be accompanied or preceded by the prospectus. Carefully consider each Trust’s investment objectives, risk factors, and fees and expenses before investing. Please click here to view the prospectus.
ALPS Distributors, Inc. is the marketing agent for ETFS Silver Trust, ETFS Gold Trust, ETFS Platinum Trust, ETFS Palladium Trust and ETFS Precious Metals Basket Trust.
Maxwell Gold is a registered representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.