Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) are apparently this season’s must-have portfolio item. Market watchers, however, are divided about how much steam the metal has left.
The idea of gold prices hitting $10,000 per ounce sounds ludicrous to some – perhaps as ludicrous as gold rolling back to $200 an ounce sounds to others. But are the usual things that drive gold really at play this time? asks Jon Ogg for InvestorPlace. [4 Reasons Gold ETFs Are Still a Popular Bet.]
Right now currency devaluations and investor demand are driving the gold craze, but no one will know if the top has been hit until well after it’s been reached. If you are investing in gold, there are many ways to play the metal. Which you choose is up to you. [GDP Numbers Give Gold ETFs a Pop.]
1. Physical gold ETFs such as SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) and iShares COMEX Gold (NYSEArca: IAU) are for the investor who wants to directly play the performance of gold bullion, GLD is the ETF of choice. Some commodity ETFs are criticized because their large size produces high volumes of trades, which can cause false movements in the underlying commodity. Tim Parker for Investopedia says that with physical gold ETFs, management fees are the main thing to keep an eye on. They can eat into returns quickly.