Christopher Berlet on Tracking the Performance of Managed Gold Funds

June 6, 2024 — Christopher J. Berlet, CFA, President, and CIO of MineralFunds.com, recently discussed the tracking and performance of managed gold funds with InvestorNews host Pat Bolland. MineralFunds.com has been monitoring gold funds since 1995, providing detailed analysis and actionable market intelligence. Berlet highlighted that there are around 100 managed gold funds globally, with about six funds reporting monthly and 20 funds reporting quarterly under the 13F requirements. The remaining funds report semi-annually, governed by mutual fund laws. This frequency of reporting reveals fluctuations in assets under management (AUM) due to changes in gold prices and market conditions. As Berlet explained, “What you’re seeing is assets under management decreased for BlackRock because of the reporting period and that’s the most recent reporting period available on the full asset allocation for that fund.”

Berlet emphasized the significance of tracking new company holdings within these funds. He noted that the majority of the funds’ investments are in Canadian companies, with 55% of the money raised in various jurisdictions, such as the United States and Germany, being invested in Canada. This strategic focus on Canada and Australia makes up 70% of the world market for gold companies. He elaborated, “For instance, for VanEck, VanEck is a great leader in this regard… we can see new names that they’re adopting and they’re high-quality good investment names that they have passed.” The most recent report identified new names such as Snowline Gold Corp. (TSXV: SGD | OTCQB: SNWGF), MAG Silver Corp. (TSX: MAG | NYSE American: MAG), and Montage Gold Corp. (TSXV: MAU), providing valuable insights into emerging opportunities in the gold market. Additionally, Berlet highlighted the role of active managers in making informed investment decisions, contrasting this with the broader, more passive strategies of ETFs.

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About MineralFunds.com

Mineral Fund Advisory Pty. Ltd. (MFA) is an Australian company (ABN 99 072 412 563) established to monitor and advise on the world’s 205 Metal & Mining ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) and the world’s 113 leading Gold & Precious Metal, Battery Metal, Silver, and Mineral Exploration Managed Funds using electronic platforms:

MineralFunds.com and MineralPrices.com

MFA provides real-time prices for 205 Metal & Mining ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) and ETCs (Exchange Traded Commodities). In addition to ETFs, we  monitor 113 Managed Funds comprised of 99 Managed Gold and Precious Metal Funds, 6 Battery Metal Funds, 4 Silver Equity Funds and 4 Exploration Mandate Funds. Information analysed for Managed Funds includes Fund Reports (covering all information fields) and Asset Allocations (reviewing all portfolio holdings, acquisitions, and dispositions). Our studies of portfolio investments provide actionable market intelligence. Our objective is to improve investment performance, transparency and investment service quality across the sector, and at the same time to facilitate recognition and support for quality precious and strategic metal companies which have been identified by the leading investment minds in the sector.

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