3 Gold ETFs to Make Your Portfolio Glisten

Although gold has lost some of its lustre over recent years, its core investment properties mean benefits can still be gained from maintaining a small portfolio allocation

Kenneth Lamont 10 December, 2014 | 9:34AM

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Investors planning to stuff their stockings with gold coins this Christmas can consider a range of gilded ETPs (Exchange Traded Products). Although gold has lost some of its lustre over recent years, its core investment properties mean benefits can still be gained from maintaining a small portfolio allocation.

Traditionally gold, as an investment, has been used as a store of value in the face of severe market turmoil. As it holds little ‘intrinsic value’, it can be considered a barometer for investor sentiment, with demand peaking in times of market distress, and falling away in times of relative calm. Besides, in keeping with its role as a store of value, gold may also provide an effective inflation hedge.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
iShares Gold Producers ETF USD Acc13.29 USD-1.99
iShares Physical Gold ETC GBP2,491.00 GBX-1.50
X Physical Gold GBP Hedged ETC924.13 GBX1.82

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Kenneth Lamont  is a passive funds research analyst for Morningstar Europe.

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