Gold has long been viewed as a store of value. However, the ways for investors to efficiently own the world’s most widely held investment commodity continue to evolve over time. Some long-term institutional investors may prefer the security associated with owning fully funded physical gold bullion that is vaulted with a custodian bank. However, as this market has evolved, a similar risk profile associated with ownership of vaulted gold bullion may be accessed by investing in an ETF such as GLD or IAU that holds allocated gold bars at a depository custodian on their shareholders behalf.
February 2021 By Karl Sahlin