Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSE: GDXJ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the Market Vectors ETF and see what CAPS investors are saying about it right now.

GDXJ facts

Inception November 2009
Total Assets $2.9 billion
Investment Approach Seeks to replicate the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners index. The index tracks the overall performance of foreign and domestic publicly traded companies of small- and medium-capitalization that are involved primarily in the mining for gold and/or silver.
Expense Ratio 0.54%
Dividend Yield 5.6%
1-Month / Year-to-Date / 1-Year Returns 17.5% / (5%) / (34.4%)
Top 3 Holdings and Portfolio Weight B2 Gold Corp. (3.6%)
Perseus Mining (3.6%)
Medusa Mining (3%)
Alternatives Global X Gold Explorers ETF
Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF
iShares Gold Trust

Sources: Morningstar and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 365 members who have rated the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF believe it will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those Fools, ArfytheSeal, tapped the ETF as a relatively safe way to play a notoriously risky sector:

An exchange traded fund that focuses on [small- and mid- size] gold and silver mining firms. The composite forward price earnings ratio is roughly 11x while price to book is [less than 2]. There are major political risks for miners operating in various developing nations (as host nations like to extract more from "guests"), but the diversification of this fund partially mitigates the risk.

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