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Gold Consolidates Amid Late Summer Doldrums


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Gold Monthly Commentary


Gold Consolidates Amid Late Summer Doldrums


By Joe Foster

Portfolio Manager and Strategist


              Key Takeaways as of August 31, 2016
  Both gold and gold equities cooled off in late August, declining 3.1% and 16.2% respectively.
  The Federal Reserve's shifting stance on rate hikes has impacted gold, but a 2016 rate hike may be a benefit.
  An analysis of recent gold bull markets shows that the current period is similar to 2001 to 2008, when gold stocks outperformed bullion.
    Read Joe's full Commentary


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VanEck International Investors Gold Fund (INIVX)

An actively managed portfolio with a over 40 year track record of investing in gold miners. Geologist Joe Foster has been a part of the investment team since 1996.


VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) and VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) offer convenient and cost-effective access to gold miners.


VanEck Merk Gold Trust (OUNZ) offers investors exposure to gold with the ability to take physical delivery of gold if desired.



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About VanEck Merk® Gold Trust: This material must be preceded or accompanied by a prospectus for the VanEck Merk Gold Trust (the “Trust"). Before investing, you should carefully consider the Trust’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information is in the prospectus, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting  or calling 800.826.2333. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest.


Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. The Trust is not an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or a commodity pool for the purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act. Shares of the Trust are not subject to the same regulatory requirements as mutual funds. Because shares of the Trust are intended to reflect the price of the gold held in the Trust, the market price of the shares is subject to fluctuations similar to those affecting gold prices. Additionally, shares of the Trust are bought and sold at market price, not at net asset value (“NAV”). Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.


The sponsor of the VanEck Merk Gold Trust is Merk Investments LLC (the “Sponsor”). Van Eck Securities Corporation and Foreside Fund Services, LLC, provide marketing services to the Trust.


ETF shares are not individually redeemable and will be issued and redeemed at their NAV only through certain authorized broker-dealers in large, specified blocks of shares called "creation units" and otherwise can be bought and sold only through exchange trading. Creation units are issued and redeemed principally in kind. Shares may trade at a premium or discount to their NAV in the secondary market. You will incur brokerage expenses when trading Fund shares in the secondary market.


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