Founded in 1955 by John C. van Eck, Van Eck Associates Corporation was among the first U.S. money managers helping investors achieve greater diversification through global investing. Van Eck International Investors Gold Fund was launched in 1968, and was the first U.S. gold fund. Today the firm continues this tradition by offering innovative, actively managed investment choices in hard assets, emerging markets, precious metals including gold, fixed income, and other specialized, domestic and international asset classes.
VanEck's mutual funds are sold nationwide through retail brokers, financial planners and investment advisors. Our Funds are designed for investors seeking innovative choices for portfolio diversification; they are often categorized in asset classes having returns with low correlations to those of more traditional U.S. equity and fixed income investments.
Market Vectors Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) have been offered by Van Eck since 2006 when the firm launched the nation's first gold-mining ETF, Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX). Today, we offer more than 50 ETFs which span several asset classes, including equity, fixed-income, and currency markets. Many of our ETFs are based on pure-play indices whose constituents must derive a majority of revenues from the target region/sector. Market Vectors is one of the largest ETP families in the U.S and worldwide.
VanEck currently manages assets on behalf of more than 400 institutions including endowments, foundations, hospitals, pensions, and private banks. Our traditional and alternative strategies are offered in both fund and separate account portfolios. In addition, we offer the Van Eck VIP Insurance Funds, a series of investment choices within the variable annuity contracts and variable life policies of widely known and highly regarded insurers.