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    A Golden Anniversary Present

    March 23, 2018

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    2018 was always destined to be a special year for VanEck's actively managed gold strategy, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Making the year shine even brighter, the VanEck® International Investors Gold Fund, Class I (ticker: INIIX) was recently awarded a 2018 Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Award for Best Fund over the 10-year period ending December 31, 2017 in the Precious Metals Equity Funds category.1

    This marks the fifth consecutive year, and the sixth time in seven years, that the VanEck International Investors Gold Fund (either Class A or Class I) has received a Lipper Award for Best Fund in its category. The Lipper Fund Awards recognize the top fund in each category for the previous 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods based on risk-adjusted, consistent returns compared to their peers.

    2018 Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Award
    Winner - Best Fund in Precious Equity Metals Category

    2018 - Class I, 10 Years
    2017 - Class I, 10 Years
    2016 - Class I, 10 Years
    2015 - Class A, 10 Years
    2014 - Class A, 10 Years
    2012 - Class I, 5 Years

    "We're particularly proud to be receiving this recognition as our gold fund is also celebrating a special anniversary in 2018," said Jan van Eck, Chief Executive Officer of VanEck. "It's not only the oldest mutual fund focused on gold equities, but it has consistently been among the top performers over its long history, a fact that speaks volumes about the skill and expertise of the portfolio management team."

    The Leader in Gold Investing Since 1968

    This year VanEck recognizes the 50th year of its actively managed gold strategy. VanEck was founded in 1955 by John van Eck, and in 1956, he launched the firm's initial mutual fund to help investors gain access to international stocks in Europe and Japan following World War II.

    At the same time, he was also seeking his PhD in economics and studied under an Austrian economist who believed that credit cycles drive the world economy. Foreseeing inflationary pressures, John van Eck changed the investment objective of the fund to gold and gold stocks in 1968, an out of consensus move given that gold's price was fixed at $35 an ounce at the time.

    This turned out to be the right call, as the U.S. experienced hyperinflation in the 1970s and the country came off the gold standard, sending the price of gold from $35 an ounce to over $800 by the end of the decade. Furthermore, this decision made an indelible mark on VanEck's approach to investing, and continues to shape the firm today.

    Still Shining Bright

    2018 marks the 50th anniversary of VanEck’s actively managed gold strategy. CEO Jan van Eck discusses its origin and the strategy’s contribution to the firm’s growth and guiding investment philosophy.

    Watch Video: Still shining bright

    Learn more about VanEck's active and passive gold capabilities and history here.