Last Update: 31 Aug 2021

Category: Commodities
ETF: iShares Gold Trust (IAU)

In the last 10 years, the iShares Gold Trust (IAU) ETF obtained a -0.32% compound annual return, with a 15.87% standard deviation.

In the last 20 years, a 9.61% compound annual return, with a 16.81% standard deviation.

The ETF is related to the following investment themes:

  • Asset Class: Commodity
  • Commodity: Gold

Capital Growth and Historical Returns

Capital growth, returns, stats are calculated assuming a reinvestment of dividends.

Capital Growth:

ETF Returns, up to December 2005, are simulated. They have been calculated using the historical series of equivalent ETFs / Assets.

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Period Returns
Aug 2021
Standard
Deviation *
Max
Drawdown
Months
Pos - Neg
1M
-0.09%
-0.09%
Aug 2021 - Aug 2021
0 - 1
3M
-4.77%
-7.03%
Jun 2021 - Jun 2021
1 - 2
6M
+5.02%
-7.03%
Jun 2021 - Jun 2021
3 - 3
YTD
-4.77%
-10.31%
Jan 2021 - Mar 2021
3 - 5
1Y
-8.02%
16.36%
-13.37%
Sep 2020 - Mar 2021
4 - 8
3Y
+14.50%
annualized
14.50%
-13.79%
Aug 2020 - Mar 2021
20 - 16
5Y
+6.50%
annualized
13.18%
-13.79%
Aug 2020 - Mar 2021
30 - 30
10Y
-0.32%
annualized
15.87%
-42.59%
Sep 2011 - Dec 2015
55 - 65
MAX
01 Jan 1972
+7.67%
annualized
19.95%
-61.78%
Oct 1980 - Aug 1999
309 - 287

* Annualized St.Dev. of monthly returns

Drawdowns

Drawdonws Chart:

Rolling Returns ( more details)

iShares Gold Trust (IAU) ETF: annualized rolling and average returns

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Return (*) Negative
Periods
Rolling Period Average Best Worst
1 Year
+10.00% +179.42%
Feb 1979 - Jan 1980
-37.71%
Apr 1981 - Mar 1982
40.85%
2 Years
+8.34% +92.76%
Feb 1978 - Jan 1980
-30.30%
Jul 1980 - Jun 1982
40.31%
3 Years
+7.08% +70.26%
Feb 1977 - Jan 1980
-15.32%
Nov 1980 - Oct 1983
37.61%
5 Years
+6.31% +36.39%
Oct 1975 - Sep 1980
-14.70%
Mar 1980 - Feb 1985
34.08%
7 Years
+6.04% +38.74%
Feb 1973 - Jan 1980
-6.75%
Feb 1980 - Jan 1987
36.84%
10 Years
+5.40% +24.75%
Jan 1972 - Dec 1981
-6.00%
Jul 1980 - Jun 1990
27.04%
15 Years
+4.98% +15.89%
May 1972 - Apr 1987
-3.63%
Feb 1980 - Jan 1995
25.42%
20 Years
+4.30% +11.03%
Jan 1972 - Dec 1991
-4.36%
Oct 1980 - Sep 2000
14.57%

* Annualized rolling and average returns over full calendar month periods

If you need a deeper detail about rolling returns, please refer to the iShares Gold Trust (IAU) ETF: Rolling Returns page.

Seasonality and Yearly/Monthly Returns

In the table below, for the iShares Gold Trust (IAU) ETF, the average monthly return is represented.

Below each return, it's also mentioned the probability of obtaining a positive monthly result (Win %).

Both the Average Return and the Gain Frequency are useful to get an idea of what happened in the past.

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Monthly Average Return (%) and Gain Frequency
Return (%) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average
Win %
1.84
54%
1.13
52%
-0.50
42%
0.65
50%
1.02
50%
0.07
50%
0.70
56%
0.90
56%
1.55
57%
0.02
47%
0.73
55%
1.23
53%
Best
Year
27.5
1980
28.8
1973
14.4
1985
12.9
1982
26.5
1973
22.0
1980
11.0
2020
20.0
1982
26.1
1979
11.8
1978
12.7
2009
23.2
1979
Worst
Year
-14.1
1981
-18.2
1983
-22.4
1980
-8.3
2004
-10.0
1982
-11.1
1981
-9.1
1976
-10.5
1973
-11.6
1975
-16.3
2008
-20.3
1978
-10.7
2011

For further information about the seasonality, check the Asset Class Seasonality page.

Investing in iShares Gold Trust (IAU) ETF: detail of monthly returns

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Months
Year Return Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2021
-4.77% -3.2 -6.3 -1.1 3.6 7.6 -7.0 2.5 -0.1
2020
+25.03% 4.6 -0.7 0.0 6.9 2.6 2.8 11.0 -0.5 -4.2 -0.6 -5.3 7.0
2019
+17.98% 2.9 -0.5 -1.6 -0.7 1.8 7.9 0.2 7.7 -3.2 2.6 -3.3 3.7
2018
-1.76% 3.3 -2.0 0.6 -0.9 -1.3 -3.5 -2.3 -2.0 -0.6 2.1 0.3 5.0
2017
+12.91% 5.3 3.2 -0.3 1.7 -0.1 -2.1 2.4 4.1 -3.2 -0.8 0.3 2.1
2016
+8.31% 5.4 11.2 -0.9 5.1 -6.1 8.9 2.0 -3.2 0.7 -2.9 -8.4 -1.9
2015
-10.58% 8.7 -5.8 -2.2 -0.1 0.6 -1.5 -6.7 3.8 -1.8 2.2 -6.7 -0.5
2014
-2.05% 3.3 6.5 -3.2 0.5 -3.0 6.2 -3.6 0.3 -6.1 -3.0 -0.5 1.3
2013
-28.26% -0.5 -5.1 1.0 -7.5 -6.2 -10.9 7.3 5.2 -4.7 -0.3 -5.6 -3.7
2012
+6.89% 11.5 -2.9 -1.3 -0.3 -6.3 2.3 1.0 4.8 4.8 -3.0 -0.5 -2.4
2011
+9.57% -6.4 6.0 1.7 8.9 -1.8 -2.3 8.4 12.3 -11.2 5.9 1.7 -10.7
2010
+29.46% -1.3 3.2 -0.4 5.9 3.0 2.4 -5.0 5.7 4.8 3.8 2.1 2.5
2009
+23.90% 5.4 1.4 -2.5 -3.4 10.2 -5.2 2.5 -0.1 5.9 3.8 12.7 -7.2
2008
+5.11% 11.0 5.3 -5.9 -4.6 1.1 4.3 -1.2 -9.0 4.3 -16.3 12.2 7.9
2007
+30.36% 2.5 2.5 -1.0 2.1 -2.4 -1.8 2.3 1.1 10.5 6.8 -1.4 6.4
2006
+22.27% 9.8 -1.3 3.9 11.9 -1.5 -4.6 3.3 -1.5 -4.5 1.0 7.1 -1.8
2005
+17.76% -3.6 3.1 -1.6 1.2 -3.9 4.3 -1.4 1.4 7.6 -0.6 5.8 5.1
2004
+4.65% -4.0 -1.0 7.0 -8.3 1.2 0.7 -1.1 4.1 2.1 2.4 6.5 -3.9
2003
+19.89% 5.9 -5.5 -3.6 0.6 7.3 -4.3 2.5 5.9 3.3 -0.5 3.1 4.5
2002
+25.57% 2.1 5.2 1.5 2.3 6.0 -2.5 -4.4 2.7 3.5 -2.1 0.7 8.8
2001
+0.75% -3.6 0.8 -3.4 2.1 1.7 1.2 -1.7 2.7 7.4 -4.9 -1.2 0.4
2000
-5.44% -2.4 3.7 -5.8 -0.6 -1.0 5.8 -4.0 0.1 -1.2 -3.3 1.7 2.0
1999
+0.85% -0.8 0.6 -2.7 2.6 -6.3 -2.8 -2.1 -0.3 17.4 0.0 -2.6 -0.4
1998
-0.83% 5.1 -2.4 1.2 3.2 -5.5 0.9 -2.5 -5.4 7.5 -0.5 0.8 -2.3
1997
-21.41% -6.4 3.8 -2.9 -2.3 1.6 -3.2 -2.5 -0.3 2.1 -6.2 -4.7 -2.2
1996
-4.59% 4.8 -1.2 -1.1 -1.3 -0.2 -2.2 0.9 0.3 -1.9 0.1 -2.2 -0.6
1995
+0.98% -2.2 0.4 4.1 -0.6 -1.4 0.7 -1.0 -0.3 0.4 -0.4 1.4 -0.2
1994
-2.17% -3.5 1.0 2.0 -3.3 3.0 0.2 -1.1 0.5 2.4 -2.8 -0.2 0.0
1993
+17.68% -0.7 -0.9 3.1 4.9 6.5 0.3 6.2 -7.5 -4.3 4.0 0.4 5.6
1992
-5.73% 0.3 -0.3 -3.2 -1.6 0.3 1.8 4.2 -5.0 2.7 -2.8 -1.5 -0.4
1991
-8.56% -5.2 -0.9 -1.9 0.6 0.7 2.2 -1.5 -4.3 2.2 0.7 2.5 -3.6
1990
-3.11% 4.1 -1.8 -9.6 -0.2 -1.3 -3.0 5.7 4.2 5.3 -7.1 1.4 0.4
1989
-2.84% -4.0 -1.8 -1.0 -1.5 -4.2 3.1 -1.3 -2.3 1.9 2.4 8.8 -2.3
1988
-15.26% -5.4 -7.0 7.2 -1.7 1.5 -4.2 0.1 -2.1 -7.3 4.0 2.5 -2.9
1987
+24.53% 3.0 1.3 3.7 7.7 -0.5 -0.8 3.4 -2.0 1.4 2.0 5.1 -1.7
1986
+18.96% 7.3 -3.5 1.7 0.5 -0.7 1.0 3.1 7.6 10.0 -5.3 -2.9 -0.2
1985
+6.00% -0.5 -6.2 14.4 -2.4 -2.3 1.2 3.1 1.8 -2.3 -0.2 0.1 0.5
1984
-19.38% -2.3 5.5 -1.5 -3.3 2.3 -2.9 -8.2 1.7 -1.3 -3.0 -1.4 -6.3
1983
-16.31% 9.3 -18.2 1.5 3.5 1.9 -4.9 1.4 -1.8 -2.2 -5.7 6.0 -5.6
1982
+14.94% -2.6 -6.3 -11.8 12.9 -10.0 -2.4 8.0 20.0 -3.5 6.6 3.0 4.8
1981
-32.60% -14.1 -3.5 5.1 -6.0 -0.7 -11.1 -4.7 4.7 0.9 -0.4 -2.9 -4.1
1980
+15.19% 27.5 -2.5 -22.4 4.8 3.4 22.0 -6.0 2.8 5.6 -5.7 -1.5 -4.8
1979
+126.55% 3.4 7.5 -4.5 2.2 11.9 1.1 6.8 6.3 26.1 -3.8 8.8 23.2
1978
+37.01% 6.6 3.7 -0.4 -5.9 7.8 -0.6 9.4 4.2 4.0 11.8 -20.3 16.9
1977
+22.64% -1.6 7.9 4.3 -1.1 -2.9 0.0 0.8 1.3 5.5 4.8 -0.9 3.1
1976
-4.10% -8.6 3.2 -2.0 -0.9 -2.3 -1.4 -9.1 -7.6 11.5 6.2 5.8 3.3
1975
-24.80% -5.7 3.4 -2.5 -5.8 0.0 -0.5 0.3 -4.1 -11.6 1.2 -3.3 1.5
1974
+66.15% 18.0 22.6 6.5 -2.2 -7.4 -8.0 8.2 0.0 -3.0 10.4 10.2 1.4
1973
+72.96% 1.7 28.8 5.9 0.8 26.5 7.4 -6.2 -10.5 -3.4 -2.0 3.1 11.1
1972
+49.02% 8.3 2.2 0.4 2.5 19.9 8.8 5.7 -2.1 -4.0 0.3 -1.2 2.0

ETF Returns, up to December 2005, are simulated. They have been calculated using the historical series of equivalent ETFs / Assets.

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