New year, new you, right? With 2021 closing its books, we look ahead to 2022 and what trends could prevail in the stock market. The last 12 months have been full of uncertainty stemming from the lasting pandemic of 2020. Reopening efforts remain a core point of focus. Meanwhile, economic expansion continues to take shape globally.

You also can’t ignore emerging trends in renewable energy and alternatives, including the “green revolution” and the rise of the electric vehicle industry. With that has come a slew of new companies to follow and stocks to watch. But what if you’re looking for a more passive way to invest?


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  • Some traders wawnt to take a more passive approach to the stock market
  • Full time jobs, families, etc. can be some of the reasons why
  • In many cases, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) cane be a way to achieve your goals as an investor
  • Today we look at some of the top mining ETFs for 2022

Those looking for exposure to the stock market but don’t want to “pick stocks” tend to lean toward Exchange Traded Funds or ETFs. These can be traded just like stocks. But instead of investing in a particular company, you’re buying into a basket of stocks that fit a specific theme. The S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY) is one popular example of an actively traded ETF. Today, we’ll look at some of the top mining ETFs for 2022. Best of all, there may be some unexpected names to know heading into the New Year.

Top Mining ETFs For 2022

  1. VanEck Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA: GDX)
  2. VanEck Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA: GDXJ)
  3. iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA: SLV)
  4. Global X Blockchain ETF (NASDAQ: BKCH)
  5. Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF (NYSEARCA: BITQ)
best mining etf 2022

1. VanEck Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA: GDX)

If you’re a traditionalist and expect rising rates and inflation in 2022, then precious metals are likely part of your strategy. According to VanEck, its Gold Miners ETF “seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index (GDMNTR), which is intended to track the overall performance of companies involved in the gold mining industry.”

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With that, investors gain access to some of the largest gold stocks in the market. Among the top holdings of the ETF, the ten most significant positions make up more than 60% of the weight in the ETF. They include:

CompanyPercentage Of ETF
NEWMONT CORP (NEM)13.73
BARRICK GOLD CORP (GOLD)10.57
FRANCO-NEVADA CORP (FNV)8.22
WHEATON PRECIOUS METALS CORP (WPM)5.89
NEWCREST MINING LTD (NCMGY)4.64
AGNICO EAGLE MINES LTD (AEM)4.04
KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD LTD (KL)3.97
GOLD FIELDS LTD (GFI)3.82
ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (AU)3.31
NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES LTD (NST)2.93
Holdings A/O 11/30/2021

VanEck Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA: GDXJ)

Similar to the GDX ETF, VanEck’s GDXJ invests in gold miners. But in this case, it focuses on smaller companies. Under similar expectations next year, if you’re looking at the GDX, the GDXJ may act as the more volatile cousin to the GDX. It can be great during bull markets but unpredictable during bearish trends in precious metals pricing.

According to VanEck, the Junior Gold Miners ETF “seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the MVIS®Global Junior Gold Miners Index (MVGDXJTR), which is intended to track the overall performance of small-capitalization companies that are involved primarily in the mining for gold and/or silver.”

Unlike the GDX, GDXJ focuses on smaller miners. The top 10 mining stocks in the ETF account for roughly 37% of the total weight in the fund and include:

CompanyPercentage Of ETF
PAN AMERICAN SILVER CORP (PAAS)5.31
EVOLUTION MINING LTD (CAHPF)4.47
YAMANA GOLD INC (AUY)4.01
ENDEAVOUR MINING CORP (EDVMF)3.93
MERDEKA COPPER GOLD TBK PT3.76
SSR MINING INC (SSRM)3.67
B2GOLD CORP (BTG)3.46
ALAMOS GOLD INC (AGI)2.93
FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP (AG)2.90
PRETIUM RESOURCES INC (PVG)2.60
Holdings A/O 11/30/2021

iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA: SLV)

If you’re looking to gain more exposure to silver stocks specifically, iShares has its Silver Trust ETF. According to the fund and simply put, “The iShares® Silver Trust (the ‘Trust’) seeks to reflect generally the performance of the price of silver.”

Overall returns for the SLV haven’t been spectacular over the last year. But on a 3-year term, the ETF shows a move of roughly 14%. Unlike other ETFs on this list, the SLV doesn’t invest in a basket of stocks. Instead, it gives investors direct access to spot silver prices. Essentially the SLV physically holds the metal in vaults. So depending on the London Silver Fix price, less expenses, you can gauge what an investment in the SLV might return.

Global X Blockchain ETF (NASDAQ: BKCH)

Now we get into the “new age” of mining stocks. Cryptocurrency is, no doubt, becoming mainstream. Investors are looking to gain exposure to digital assets like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others. According to Global X by Mirae Asset, The Blockchain ETF “seeks to invest in companies positioned to benefit from the increased adoption of blockchain technology, including companies in digital asset mining, blockchain & digital asset transactions, blockchain applications, blockchain & digital asset hardware, and blockchain & digital asset integration.”

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Some of these companies include Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining operations. With only $108.73 million in net assets, BKCH is quite a small ETF. All the same, it has offered a way for investors to gain broad exposure to the emergence of DeFi. The top 10 stocks in the BKCH ETF make up more than 60% of its weight as of the timing of this article and include:

CompanyPercentage Of ETF
COINBASE (COIN)12.90
RIOT BLOCKCHAIN (RIOT)11.89
MARATHON DIGITAL (MARA)9.91
VOYAGER DIGITAL LTD (VYGVF)7.46
NORTHERN DATA AG7.18
HUT 8 MINING CORP (HUT)6.27
GALAXY DIGITAL HOLDINGS (BRPHF)5.58
BITFARMS LTD (BITF)5.01
HIVE BLOCKCHAIN (HIVE)4.45
CANAAN INC (CAN)4.10
Holdings A/O 12/30/2021

Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF (NYSEARCA: BITQ)

Similar to Global X’s Blockchain ETF, the Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF is another way to gain exposure to “new world” mining. According to the fund, “BITQ tracks an index designed with Bitwise’s industry expertise to identify the pioneering companies that generate the majority of their revenue from their crypto business activities.”

The top 10 holdings in the BITQ ETF account for roughly 60% of its overall waiting and include:

CompanyPercentage Of ETF
COINBASE GLOBAL INC (COIN)10.68
SILVERGATE CAPITAL (SI)10.21
MICROSTRATEGY (MSTR)9.85
VOYAGER DIGITAL (VYGVF)5.03
GALAXY DIGITAL HOLDINGS LTD (BRPHF)4.69
MARATHON DIGITAL HOLDINGS INC (MARA)4.11
HUT 8 MINING (HUT)4.10
RIOT BLOCKCHAIN INC (RIOT)4.08
NORTHERN DATA3.96
HIVE BLOCKCHAIN TECH (HIVE)3.85
Holdings A/O 12/30/2021

Best Mining Stock ETFs For 2022

ETFs can be a great way to invest in the stock market, depending on your strategy. While they won’t typically offer the same dramatic or explosive upside as individual stocks, they are more diversified. These are just a handful of mining ETFs for 2022 to watch as the new year begins.


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