What Are Gold ETFs?

Exchange-traded funds have become a popular option for investors seeking exposure to gold, as this structure minimizes expenses while eliminating challenges associated with physical storage. There are dozens of gold ETFs available to investors around the world, including both physically-backed funds and products that achieve exposure through gold futures contracts. Some of the most popular gold ETFs available to U.S. investors include:


TickerNameComments
GLDGold SPDRSecond largest U.S.-listed ETF
IAUCOMEX Gold TrustCheapest gold ETF (0.25%)
SGOLPhysical Swiss Gold SharesUnderlying bullion vaulted in Switzerland
SGOLPhysical Asian Gold SharesUnderlying bullion vaulted in Singapore
DGLPowerShares DB Gold FundFutures-based fund


There are a number of inverse and leveraged gold ETFs as well. In addition, there are ETFs that offer exposure to stocks of companies engaged in the extraction of gold. These companies provide exposure to gold prices because their profitability depends on prevailing market prices:

  • Gold Miners ETF (GDX)
  • Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ)
  • Gold Explorers ETF (GLDX)
  • Pure Gold Miners ETF (GGGG)

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