Including gold funds in a portfolio can help diversify a portfolio or create a hedging strategy. Gold can be used as a hedge against (or a haven from) inflation, stock market falls, or falling currency prices, mainly when the US dollar is in decline.

For millennia, gold has been used as a kind of currency, and it has remained precious throughout recorded history. In modern times, gold has evolved into a tool for creating riches through investment rather than a means of physically amassing wealth. Investing in gold can be done in various ways, all of which can be very beneficial.

Investing in gold mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs)

When you invest in gold ETFs, you aren’t usually investing in the commodity itself. Bullion gold coins are the most frequent way to buy gold directly; an exchange-traded fund (ETF) like the SPDR Gold Shares is the most systematic way to invest in physical gold indirectly (as investment security) (GLD).

Mutual funds rarely invest in physical gold. Gold mutual funds are often categorised as “Precious Metals,” and they usually hold stocks in mining firms. Sprott Gold Equity Fund (SGDIX) (forme) is one of the most satisfactory gold mutual funds in long-term performance, extended management tenure, and average to low expense ratios.

Gold mutual funds or gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs)?

If you want to invest in a way that tracks the price of gold, you can buy gold futures or invest in ETFs exposed to actual gold, such as bullion. Gold mutual funds often invest in gold mining firms. One distinction between these two types of funds is that one (the mutual fund) will fluctuate with the market and value of the firm, whilst the other (the ETF) will change with the value of the commodity.

The fees charged by gold ETFs and mutual funds may differ. One ETF may have lower costs than another, and the same is true of mutual funds. Fidelity Select Gold Portfolio (FSAGX), for example, charges.54 per cent of your total yearly investment in management fees, whereas Invesco Oppenheimer Gold & Special Minerals Fund Class A (OPGSX) charges.68 percent.1 2

ETFs have similar fees. The Vaneck Vectors Gold Miners ETF has a management fee.5%, while SPDR Gold Shares has a recurring cost of.4% of the holdings’ net asset value.3 4

The Benefits of Gold Investing

The basic benefits of investing in gold stem from the fact that it is a fixed asset with strong global demand. As a result, the price fluctuates in the short term but generally increases in value over time, though not in the same way that stock prices do. Gold is often seen as a long-term investment.

Gold is a very liquid asset, meaning you can quickly convert it to cash or other investments if you need to. When there is an investment crisis, investors tend to flock to precious metals since gold tends to hold its value. As a result, many investors have turned to gold as a diversification technique.