Franklin Responsibly Sourced Gold ETF: Overcoming Geopolitical Volatility and Maintaining Strong Performance Amid Ukraine Crisis


The Franklin Responsibly Sourced Gold ETF (ticker: FGDL), a series of Franklin Templeton Holdings Trust, has managed to maintain a strong performance and overcome geopolitical volatility in light of ongoing global hostilities and military conflicts, specifically in Ukraine. In this article, we will delve into the details of how the ETF has managed to navigate these challenges and the strategies it has implemented to remain stable in times of uncertainty.

Conflict in Ukraine and its Effect on Gold Prices

In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, causing global expectations for economic growth to decline, exacerbating inflationary pressures, and resulting in protracted volatility. The aftermath of the invasion saw gold prices experience increased volatility, with many investors turning to the metal as a safe haven in times of geopolitical uncertainty.

The potential escalation of the conflict and its repercussions on global economic markets may have a significant impact on the performance and value of the Franklin Responsibly Sourced Gold ETF. However, as of now, the conflict in Ukraine and subsequent regulatory responses have not materially affected the ETF’s operations or share price.

Amidst the geo-political instability, the ETF continues to hold an appealing amount of gold. As of the end of December 2022, there were 9,053 tonnes of gold held in London vaults, valued at $527.5 billion. This demonstrates that despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russia, the ETF has maintained a steady supply of gold to its clients.

Addressing Geopolitical Challenges

While the ETF cannot predict future geopolitical events or their impacts, it has taken a proactive approach to minimizing risks and adjusting its holdings accordingly. For instance, following an announcement at the G7 Summit to collectively ban the import of Russian gold, the UK passed regulations prohibiting the import of gold that originated in Russia. Similarly, the US and EU established regulations prohibiting the import of Russian gold. As a result, the ETF has redirected its gold supply to ensure compliance with these new regulations and protect its clients’ interests.

Upholding Strong Performance

Despite the uncertain global environment, the Franklin Responsibly Sourced Gold ETF has maintained a strong performance, as indicated by the positive increase in net assets per share from July 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023. During this period, the average, high, low, and end-of-period gold prices based on the LBMA Gold Price PM were as follows:

– Average: $1,781.90

– High: $1,993.80 (March 24, 2023)

– Low: $1,628.75 (November 3, 2022)

– End of period: $1,979.70 (March 31, 2023)

These numbers demonstrate the ETF’s ability to navigate market fluctuations and maintain a positive performance throughout this period of global uncertainty.


The Franklin Responsibly Sourced Gold ETF has effectively managed to navigate the volatile global landscape brought about by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and its potential effects on the gold market. Through careful monitoring and prompt responses to regulatory changes, the ETF has successfully maintained a strong performance and secured a steady supply of gold for its clients. Investors in the ETF can take comfort in knowing that the fund is well-positioned to weather geopolitical upheavals and continue to provide a stable investment option in times of uncertainty.

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