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Precious metals have had an amazing journey this year on a flight to safety amid global growth concerns as the Brexit vote and the U.S. presidential elections led to volatility. Now that market conditions are witnessing a reversal, palladium has clearly emerging as a winner in the precious metals space, thanks to its industrial uses. This makes it a favorite with investors looking to play the rising economy (read: The Trump Effect: 8 Must-See ETF Charts).

In fact, last month, the only pure-play on the metal – ETF Securities Physical Palladium Shares (PALL - Free Report) – clearly outperformed the rest of the precious metal ETFs in the space, namely, gold ETF SPDR Gold Trust (GLD - Free Report) , platinum ETF ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (PPLT - Free Report) and silver ETF  ETFS Silver Trust (SIVR - Free Report) . PALL was up 17.2% in the last one month (as of November 21, 2016). GLD, PPLT and SIVR were down 4.34%, up 0.3% and down 5.4%, respectively (read: ETF Asset Flow in Election Week).

What’s Driving Palladium’s Rally

The majority of palladium is used in the automotive industry for manufacturing catalytic converters to clean exhaust emissions. Although auto sales were disappointing in the last three consecutive quarters, there is a new found optimism in the sector post U.S. elections. President-elect Donald Trump plans to introduce a burst of stimulus with tax cuts and infrastructure spending package. Speculation is rife that business investments will a get a new lifeline now. This could benefit automakers and the exclusive auto ETF, First Trust NASDAQ Global Auto Index Fund (CARZ - Free Report) could be in focus the days ahead (read: Car ETF in Focus After Lackluster Auto Earnings)  

Moreover, supply shortages are expected to continue into next year. The palladium market is expected to post a deficit of 651,000 troy ounces this year and another shortfall in 2017. This is primarily due to rising autocatalyst demand.

In a nutshell, the global supply outlook appears fragile at the current level, making the metal an intriguing option for investors. Below we have highlighted the only pure-play on the metal –PALL – in detail (see all Precious Metals ETFs).

Inside PALL

For a bullion-backed approach to palladium ETF investing, investors can look to ETF Securities Physical Palladium Shares or PALL. The ETF holds the metal in the form of bullion, or ingots. The metal is safely stored in London and Zürich on behalf of the custodian, JP Morgan Chase Bank.

Investing through PALL in palladium represents a cost-effective and suitable mode for investors. The transaction costs for buying and selling the shares will be much lower than purchasing, storing and insuring physical palladium for most investors.

This ETF is designed to track the spot price of Palladium bullion and has amassed about $199.8 million in assets. The expense ratio of 60 basis points appears reasonable in the precious metals ETF space. The fund trades in paltry volumes of less than 35,000 shares on an average daily basis.

The fund has a Zacks ETF Rank of 1 or ‘Strong Buy’ rating. Investors should also note that PALL has a positive weighted alpha of 37.40. A positive alpha indicates that these surging products can be exercised a little further (read: Want to Dig Into Mining ETFs with 100% YTD Gains Seen Already?).

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