Investors Flee Gold Fund at Fastest Pace in Over Three Years After Trump Win

Over $1 billion in recent outflows.
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President-elect Donald Trump loves gold.

Gold does not love him back.

Outflows from the SPDR Gold Shares exchange-traded fund (GLD) — far and away the largest exchange-traded commodity fund by assets — have totaled nearly $1.4 billion over the five sessions ending Friday, marking the highest withdrawals over such a period since 2013.

GLD US Equity (SPDR Gold Shares) 2016-11-29 07-42-33
Source: Bloomberg

Ahead of the election, conventional wisdom held that the uncertainty elicited by the election of the real-estate mogul would be a boon for bullion prices. That's proved to be off the mark, as the rise in real rates and strength in the U.S. dollar (partially reflecting expectations about the President-elect's fiscal policies, and also a function of firming economic data stateside) have weighed on the material's value.

Gold prices have fallen by more than 7 percent since the election, to $1,185 per ounce.

The victory of the Republican nominee has been viewed as a repudiation of experts by the electorate. Somewhat fittingly, that same theme has largely been manifested in financial markets since Nov. 8.