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We like to live by the old adage “if you don’t hold it, you don’t own it”. This is particularly important when considering investing in physical gold or gold ETFs. Let’s have a look at the difference:
Gold ETFs are exchange-traded funds that focus on trading gold as its only commodity. The ETF may not, however, have the full physical gold backing for what it sells to its customers or investors. This leaves them vulnerable.
Investing in an ETF also means that your money, and gold, are being controlled by a third party. This makes you are susceptible to their decisions and their ups and downs.
This third-party risk can leave you very exposed. For example, in 2011 the London Gold Company ETF closed their business for good and their investors could do nothing about it.
Investing and owning physical gold bullion on the other hand means you own the gold directly. It is in your control, your responsibility and you are managing your wealth personally. You aren’t relying on third-party companies to look after your wealth and aren’t subject to their decisions or problems.
To be in control of your own wealth in this way is one of the best ways of safeguarding and preserving your assets.
This is why investing in physical gold would always be our preference over a gold ETF. You are protecting yourself from financial ruin if by any chance the worst were to happen, like the London Gold Company closing its doors.
Diversify your portfolio:
While taking control of your finances into your own hands is a good thing, and physical gold makes a great safe haven for your wealth, we also want to stress that we wouldn’t advise having gold as your sole investment in your portfolio.
Diversification is just as important a tool for the protection of your wealth as choosing the right investment is.
A well-diversified portfolio spreads your risk across industries, asset classes, and sectors. So every intelligent investor should be spreading their wealth across stocks, property, and precious metals for a start.
Physical gold is a great investment and is ideal for hedging against your other investments as an insurance policy if nothing else.
If your stocks are underperforming then in all likelihood your gold is doing well, so being diversified helps balance the dips in each sector.
We would recommend only investing 5-10% of your liquid wealth into gold as a start.
It is also worth noting that if your short-term outlook for the world economy is good then you may want to minimise your gold investment as these are the times gold tends to take a dip.
That being said, physical gold is a long-term investment and the truth is, always having some in your portfolio is never a bad thing.
Disclaimer: This is not financial advice.
Last updated: November 27, 2020
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