Physical gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are a popular way for private investors to gain access to exposure to the gold spot price. Some investors invest in gold in order to provide an element of a hedge against inflation. Others invest because they like the fundementals driving the price, such as a limited capacity to increase supply quickly, and increasing demand from emerging market growth. Partly many investors have been looking for physical ETFs that store gold in secure bank vaults, due to the increasing criticism of the counterparty risk evident in synthetic gold ETFs.
What follows is a non-exhaustive list of different physical gold ETFs & funds which trade on developed stock markets/fund supermarkets around the world. ETFs do not charge initial fees, but you will have to pay trading commissions to a broker in order to place ETFs into your portfolio. Funds and Trusts often charge initial fees but incurr no brokerage costs. I have included the ticker symbol of each instrument to speed up your research efforts. Financial Expert does not provide professional investment advice, so we encourage you to do your own research. Read our disclaimer.
List of Physical Gold ETFs
ETFS Physical Gold – (Ticker PHAU). Note ETFS is the name of the provider.
SPDR Gold Shares – (Ticker GLD). Largest and most liquid gold trust in the world.
ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Share – (Ticker SGOL)
ETFS Physical Asian Gold Share – (Ticker AGOL)
Sprott Physical Gold Trust – (Ticker PHYS) – Note, this is actually a mutual fund and not very liquid.
iShares Gold Trust – (Ticker IAU)
ProShares Ultra Gold – (Ticker UGL) – Note, this is a 2x leveraged ETF.
RBS Gold Trendpilot ETN – (Ticker TBAR)
Julius Baer Physical Gold Fund – (Ticker JBGOCA)
Source Physical Gold ETC – (Ticker SGLD)
Xetra-Gold DB – (ISIN Code DE000A0S9GB0)
Physical gold ETFs are not the only investment option for private investors looking to make profits from gold. For instance, synthetic gold ETFs can be used. I outline all the major strategies open to retail investors in this handy ‘How to Invest in Commodities’ web guide.
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