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Investing in the XAU and HUI Gold Indices for Small Investors

Commodities / Gold & Silver Stocks Feb 14, 2008 - 05:28 AM GMT

By: David_Urban

Commodities Many small investors have heard of the XAU and HUI indices through discussion by financial professionals but investment vehicles giving small investors access is another story. Currently, the futures market offer the best access.


However, small investors can construct their own home made indices as I will show.

The XAU is a capitalization-weighted index of 16 gold and silver producers used by professional and institutional investors to gain access to the large cap gold and silver mining stocks.

One can gain more information about the index here: http://www.phlx.com/products/xau.html

By clicking on the ‘Component Issues, Weightings and Index Divisor' link one can see in a transparent manner how the index is calculated on a daily basis. If an individual investor wanted to invest in the index with $10,000 as an example, it would as simple as transferring the data to an excel spreadsheet and adding a column next to the % of MV and multiplying by percentages by 100 as I have done below.

The HUI is a bit different in that it is a modified equal dollar weighted index. That means that each company is assigned a weighting in the index and its shares are adjusted quarterly to account for any fluctuations and bring their values back in line with their proper percentages.

More information on the HUI can be found here: http://www.amex.com/othProd/prodInf/OpPiIndMain.jsp?Product_Symbol=HUI

By clicking on ‘Show Index Components' one can view the components and their percentages. A personalized index, similar to the XAU, can be constructed as follows:

Mind you, this exercise does not account for transaction fees which may adjust the totals somewhat. Trading with an online broker will make it easier to obtain odd lot shares as well. Given the changing stock prices you will not be able to hit the percentages exactly but for a small investor looking for access you can create a personalized index on your own.

Source: American Stock Exchange website ( www.amex.com ), Philadelphia Stock Exchange ( www.phlx.com )

By David Urban

http://blog.myspace.com/global112

Communications are intended solely for informational purposes. Statements made should not be construed as an endorsement, either expressed or implied. This blog and the author is not responsible for typographic errors or other inaccuracies in the content. We believe the information contained herein to be accurate and reliable. However, errors may occasionally occur. Therefore, all information and materials are provided "AS IS" without any warranty of any kind. Past results are not indicative of future results.

PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THERE IS RISK OF LOSS AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GAIN WHEN INVESTING IN THE STOCK, BOND, AND DERIVATIVE MARKETS. WHEN CONSIDERING ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT, INCLUDING HEDGE FUNDS, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER VARIOUS RISKS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT SOME PRODUCTS: OFTEN ENGAGE IN LEVERAGING AND OTHER SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT PRACTICES THAT MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INVESTMENT LOSS, CAN BE ILLIQUID, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERIODIC PRICING OR VALUATION INFORMATION TO INVESTORS, MAY INVOLVE COMPLEX TAX STRUCTURES AND DELAYS IN DISTRIBUTING IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AS MUTUAL FUNDS, OFTEN CHARGE HIGH FEES, AND IN MANY CASES THE UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT AND ARE KNOWN ONLY TO THE INVESTMENT MANAGER.

Before making any type of investment, one should consult with an investment professional to consider whether the investment is appropriate for the individuals risk profile.

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