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Platinum Exchange Traded Funds

A good investment vehicle for those who want to speculate on the price of platinum, or perhaps to hedge an existing investment, exchange traded funds (ETFs) are easily bought and sold just like shares of publicly traded companies.

There is limited number of platinum ETFs available to invest in, though the range does include both long and short exposure funds. Thus, investors who believe the price of platinum will rise would purchase a long fund, and one who expects the price to fall would purchase shares in a short fund.

Though ETFs have been available for some time, platinum based ETFs are relatively new, and so tend to be far smaller than others.

Here we look at two such funds: one that offers exposure to a rising price, and one that offers exposure to a falling price.

The ETFS Physical Platinum Shares

Traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PPLT, this is the largest of the platinum ETF’s with assets of $693,000,000. Now over two years old, its inception date was January 8th 2010.

The investment objective of the fund is to give direct exposure to the price of platinum on the spot market, and it holds physical platinum bullion bars stored in vaults in London and Zurich. Its platinum bars are segregated and allocated as property of the trust.

The price of the shares of the fund are calculated by subtracting the cost of the fund’s expenses from the spot price of platinum, and each share is based on the cost of 0.1 oz of platinum.

The fund is managed by ETF Securities USA LLC.

The ILPT 2x Inverse Platinum ETN

This fund is also traded on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol IPLT, though offers investors the chance to profit from a downward move in the price of platinum.

Its objective is to mirror 2 x the daily change of the S&P GSCI Platinum Index. This index is composed of platinum futures contracts, and is designed to track the world price of platinum.

The fund itself was issued by Credit Suisse AG, with an inception date of 14th October 2011.

With assets of $3.2 million, it is one of the smaller ETFs on the market.

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Platinum Exchange Traded Funds

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