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SPDR Gold Trust (GLD)
Risk-Adjusted Performance

ETF Info

IssuerState Street
Inception DateNov 18, 2004
CategoryPrecious Metals, Gold
Index TrackedGold Bullion
Home Pagewww.spdrs.com
Asset ClassCommodity

Expense Ratio

GLD has a high expense ratio of 0.40%, indicating higher-than-average management fees.

Expense ratio chart for GLD: current value at 0.40% compared with the broader market ranging from 0.00% to 2.12%.0.50%1.00%1.50%2.00%0.40%

Share Price Chart

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Performance Chart

The chart shows the growth of an initial investment of $10,000 in SPDR Gold Trust, comparing it to the performance of the S&P 500 index or another benchmark. All prices have been adjusted for splits and dividends.

GLD (SPDR Gold Trust)
Benchmark (^GSPC)

S&P 500

Returns By Period

SPDR Gold Trust had a return of 12.85% year-to-date (YTD) and 18.59% in the last 12 months. Over the past 10 years, SPDR Gold Trust had an annualized return of 5.85%, while the S&P 500 had an annualized return of 10.85%, indicating that SPDR Gold Trust did not perform as well as the benchmark.

1 month-2.34%2.33%
6 months15.36%15.10%
1 year18.59%22.72%
5 years (annualized)11.27%13.49%
10 years (annualized)5.85%10.85%

Monthly Returns

The table below presents the monthly returns of GLD, with color gradation from worst to best to easily spot seasonal factors. Returns are adjusted for dividends.


Risk-Adjusted Performance

Risk-Adjusted Performance Rank

The current rank of GLD is 70, suggesting that the investment has average results relative to other ETFs in terms of risk-adjusted performance. This ranking is determined by the cumulative values of the indicators listed below.

The Risk-Adjusted Performance Rank of GLD is 7070
GLD (SPDR Gold Trust)
The Sharpe Ratio Rank of GLD is 6868Sharpe Ratio Rank
The Sortino Ratio Rank of GLD is 6767Sortino Ratio Rank
The Omega Ratio Rank of GLD is 6969Omega Ratio Rank
The Calmar Ratio Rank of GLD is 7373Calmar Ratio Rank
The Martin Ratio Rank of GLD is 7474Martin Ratio Rank
The risk-adjusted ranks indicate the investment's position relative to the market. A rank closer to 100 signifies top-performing investments, while a rank closer to 0 might suggest underperformance, based on the selected ratio. The values are calculated based on the past 12 months of returns.

Risk-Adjusted Performance Indicators

The charts below present risk-adjusted performance metrics for SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) and compare them to a chosen benchmark (^GSPC). These indicators evaluate an investment's returns against its associated risks.

Sharpe ratio
The chart of Sharpe ratio for GLD, currently valued at 1.47, compared to the broader market0.
Sortino ratio
The chart of Sortino ratio for GLD, currently valued at 2.12, compared to the broader market0.005.0010.002.12
Omega ratio
The chart of Omega ratio for GLD, currently valued at 1.27, compared to the broader market1.
Calmar ratio
The chart of Calmar ratio for GLD, currently valued at 1.50, compared to the broader market0.005.0010.0015.0020.001.50
Martin ratio
The chart of Martin ratio for GLD, currently valued at 7.12, compared to the broader market0.0020.0040.0060.0080.00100.00120.007.12
Sharpe ratio
The chart of Sharpe ratio for ^GSPC, currently valued at 2.14, compared to the broader market0.
Sortino ratio
The chart of Sortino ratio for ^GSPC, currently valued at 3.04, compared to the broader market0.005.0010.003.04
Omega ratio
The chart of Omega ratio for ^GSPC, currently valued at 1.38, compared to the broader market1.
Calmar ratio
The chart of Calmar ratio for ^GSPC, currently valued at 1.71, compared to the broader market0.005.0010.0015.0020.001.71
Martin ratio
The chart of Martin ratio for ^GSPC, currently valued at 8.02, compared to the broader market0.0020.0040.0060.0080.00100.00120.008.02

Sharpe Ratio

The current SPDR Gold Trust Sharpe ratio is 1.47. This value is calculated based on the past 1 year of trading data and takes into account price changes and dividends.

Use the chart below to compare the Sharpe ratio of SPDR Gold Trust with the selected benchmark, providing insights into the investment's historical performance in terms of risk-adjusted returns. Go to the Sharpe ratio tool for more fine-grained control over the calculation options.

Rolling 12-month Sharpe Ratio0.501.001.502.002.503.002024FebruaryMarchAprilMayJune
GLD (SPDR Gold Trust)
Benchmark (^GSPC)


Dividend History

SPDR Gold Trust doesn't pay dividends


Drawdowns Chart

The Drawdowns chart displays portfolio losses from any high point along the way.

GLD (SPDR Gold Trust)
Benchmark (^GSPC)

Worst Drawdowns

The table below displays the maximum drawdowns of the SPDR Gold Trust. A maximum drawdown is a measure of risk, indicating the largest reduction in portfolio value due to a series of losing trades.

The maximum drawdown for the SPDR Gold Trust was 45.56%, occurring on Dec 17, 2015. Recovery took 1160 trading sessions.

The current SPDR Gold Trust drawdown is 3.93%.



To Bottom


To Recover



-45.56%Aug 23, 20111088Dec 17, 20151160Jul 29, 20202248
-29.41%Mar 18, 2008168Nov 12, 2008211Sep 16, 2009379
-22%Aug 7, 2020538Sep 26, 2022360Mar 4, 2024898
-21.79%May 15, 200622Jun 14, 2006317Sep 18, 2007339
-12.7%Dec 3, 200945Feb 8, 201064May 11, 2010109


Volatility Chart

The current SPDR Gold Trust volatility is 5.85%, representing the average percentage change in the investments's value, either up or down over the past month. The chart below shows the rolling one-month volatility.

GLD (SPDR Gold Trust)
Benchmark (^GSPC)