Monday, June 30, 2014
Today, I'm going to show you the closest thing to free money you'll find in the investment markets...
Closed-end funds have a fixed number of shares. If lots of folks want to own those shares, they'll trade at a premium to the fund's asset value. If no one is interested in owning them, the shares can trade at a discount. If you're willing to buy when others aren't, it's like getting a dollar bill for $0.95.
In May, I recommended my DailyWealth Trader subscribers buy the closed-end fund Central GoldTrust (GTU). Its business is as simple as it gets: It holds about $1 billion worth of gold bullion in underground vaults. That's it. At the time, each share of GTU was worth $47.69 in gold. And you could buy a share for $45.49 – a 4.8% discount.
A discount like this on GTU doesn't happen all the time. Two years ago, GTU regularly traded at a premium to the value of its gold. From late 2007 to about a year ago, GTU traded at a discount only twice, and for a very short time. The average premium over the last five years is 1.7%.
So if GTU simply returned to its average premium, my DailyWealth Trader subscribers would make nearly 7%, even if the price of gold went nowhere.
Part of that move mirrored a jump in the price of gold. But GTU jumped even more than the gold price... because its discount narrowed. When I recommended the fund in May, it was selling at a 4.8% discount. Today, it's 2.5%. If you had owned $5,000 worth of gold, your position would now be worth $148 more. If you had owned $5,000 worth of GTU, your position would now be worth $253 more. Free money.
At the current discount, I don't recommend buying GTU today. But you could take a look at GTU's "sister" fund, the Central Fund of Canada (CEF). CEF holds a mixture of gold and silver... and it's trading at a 5% discount to its asset value.
I can't say where gold is going in the months ahead... but regular Growth Stock Wire readers know I recommend putting a portion of your portfolio in precious metals. If you can get them at a discount – and set yourself up to make some "free money" on the trade – even better.
Amber Lee Mason
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