Gold ETFs VS. Physical Gold

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Gold ETFs VS. Physical Gold

What's the difference between physical and paper gold assets? Do you get to own physical gold when you buy a gold ETF? Here’s everything you need to know.

Key takeaways

Physical gold is a tangible asset with intrinsic value and a rare commodity used for investment, manufacturing, and luxury products.

Gold ETFs, on the other hand,  have no intrinsic value and are more of an indication that you own a digital asset whose price follows the price of physical gold itself.

It is likely that the institution that sold you your gold ETF shares holds only a fraction of the value of the physical metal.


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