Despite gold prices bouncing off their April lows, investors continue to pull money out of the precious metal and plow it into equities, as the stock market keeps climbing to new highs.
Since bottoming at $1,321.50 on April 16, gold prices have stabilized and rallied more than 11 percent, but the SPDR Gold Trust ETF has had more than $4.4 billion in outflows, according to IndexUniverse.com.
The exodus from the biggest commodity ETF is nothing new. Last month, the GLD experienced $6.8 billion in outflows, putting the total figure so far this year at $14 billion.
As fund flows decrease, the GLD is no longer the sixth-largest holder of gold in the world. For the first time since the second quarter of 2008, the ETF's bullion levels fell below China's gold reserves.