ETF.com | January 16, 2019
In a blog post on CME’s OpenMarkets.com, Leks Gerlak, investment strategist for ProShares, covers the benchmark changes of ProShares leveraged and inverse gold and silver ETFs. UGL, GLL, AGQ and ZSL have switched from tracking the LBMA (London Bullion Market Association) gold and silver auction prices to Bloomberg Commodity Subindexes using COMEX futures. According to Gerlak, the move to futures-based indexes presents the opportunity to reduce costs, enhance fund tracking and provide greater transparency.
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