In anticipation of potential risk-off events, investors may want to consider gold-related investments like VanEck Merk Gold Trust (NYSE Arca: OUNZ) to diversify a traditional stock and bond portfolio. Unlike other gold ETFs, OUNZ is the only ETF that provides its patented, physical gold delivery option, which allows investors to take physical delivery of gold bullion for shares of OUNZ. Each share of OUNZ is like holding a fractional share of physical gold, so investors are able to exchange shares for gold bullion whenever they desire. One share of OUNZ is the equivalent of 0.0099 ounces of gold. Potential gold share converters, though, should be aware that fees for physical delivery are significant.
Investors can also look to gold miners to incorporate gold exposure. The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) is the largest exchange traded fund dedicated to gold mining stocks, and the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ) provides junior or small-cap exposure.
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