Over the past few months the price of gold has soared to record highs, as investors have become increasingly fearful of an impending “double dip”, given the latest round of gloomy economic data from the U.S. coupled with Europe’s deteriorating financial health. Gold has always been a popular safe haven for investors seeking refuge during times of equity market turbulence and the development of exchange-traded funds has given gold a tremendous boost in the investing world.
Innovation in the ETF industry has given investors seeking gold exposure dozens of options to choose from. The current lineup includes everything from physically-backed products such as GLD and IAU to futures-based strategies to products that achieve indirect exposure to gold through an underlying portfolio of firms involved in exploring and mining for the precious metal. The gold ETF space has become increasingly crowded and some investors may find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer number of available choices, as well as the particular nuances associated with each offering.
While the gold ETFs available to U.S. investors are similar in many ways, they are far from identical. Each gold ETF features unique characteristics that result in distinctive risk/return profiles; each option out there has both advantages and disadvantages for investors looking to add exposure to the precious metal. Investors interested in gaining access to the price gold have to consider between physical or futures-based exposure as well as finding the best product suited for their needs based on expenses, tax ramifications, liquidity, and perhaps even vault location.
A new research report from ETF Database looks at the outlook for gold prices and gives investors a guide on factors to consider when investing in the precious metal, as well as offering candid assessments of the advantages and disadvantages of each option currently available. The ETF research report includes:
- Outlook For Gold Prices
- Factors to Consider When Investing in Gold ETFs
- Head-To-Head Analysis of the Most Popular Gold ETFs
- Comparison of All 12 Gold ETFs by Historical Returns, Expenses, and Liquidity
- 7 In-Depth Reports on Physically-Backed and Futures-Based Gold ETFs
- 5 In-Depth Reports on Gold Miner/Explorer ETF
- Overview of Leveraged and Inverse ETF Options
- Beyond Gold: Review of Precious Metal ETFs
- ETFdb Analyst Takes on Best Gold ETFs
The full version of the Gold ETFs research report is available to ETFdb Pro members now. Other readers can see a free preview of the new report, or sign up for a free 7-day trial of ETFdb Pro to get complete access.