12 October 2010

Net Asset Value of Certain Precious Metal Trusts and Funds

The gold premiums are highly contracted.

This could be the result of arbitrage hedging which we have discussed in the past. Essentially one could buy the futures and sell short PHYS and pocket any premium differential.

Traditionally it had been a sign of a lack of 'exuberance' in the specs over the future price moves.

The premiums tended to expand during speculative public buying AND short squeezes in the unit trusts.