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Ways to invest in gold
When investing in gold, you have numerous options, and the popularity of gold as an investment means it is easy to gain exposure to its price. You can invest directly in gold as a commodity (in bar or coin form), buy shares of gold-related stocks, buy mutual funds that focus on commodities, and more. All of these options have different pros and cons.
To learn about the different categories of gold investing, read on. We have also included some handy links to make finding the information you need quick and easy.
What is gold?
Gold is one of the world’s valuable metals, as well as a store of value and a form of currency. Once viewed as the clear alternative investment of choice when the stock market turns volatile, gold has lost some of its sheen in recent years with the rise of cryptocurrencies as an alternative investment. Still, gold remains both a popular choice for investors and also a metal with numerous industrial uses.
To learn more about gold, check out the commodities news and analysis that we publish right here on this site. That way you’ll better understand how gold and other commodities work, and this allows you to identify good investment opportunities and avoid lacklustre ones.
How to invest in gold
We’ve generated a selection of options, so you can choose the way that works best for your financial situation and investment goals. Click the links to find out additional information.
- Gold futures. For investors, gold futures contracts are formal agreements to buy or sell a certain quantity of gold at a preset time in the future and at a predetermined price. Investing in general carries risks, and investing in futures can require additional considerations, so make sure to consult our commodities investing guides and information on futures if this is a method you intend to use.
- Gold options. It can always be useful to have options. Options contracts allow investors to bet on whether the price of something will rise or fall. Specifically, holders of gold options contracts have the option, but not the obligation, to buy (this option is referred to as a “call”) or sell (called a “put”) gold.
- Gold stocks. A prominent way of gaining exposure to the price of gold is to get shares in a company that mines, produces or manufactures with gold. However, be cognisant of the fact that you are not just investing in the price of gold; you are also investing in a company, so make sure it is a strong performer and broader market conditions aren’t against you.
- Gold ETFs. There are multiple ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) which follow the price of gold. By investing in one of these ETFs, you can take advantage when gold prices go up, without having to own any actual gold bars.
- Gold mutual funds. A gold mutual fund is when investors pool their capital together and a fund manager invests it in gold. You can invest in gold as part of a mutual fund that focuses only on that metal, or as part of a broader precious metals mutual fund.