Gold prices had surged in the fourth quarter of 2018, as investors sought safe assets amid rising stock market volatility. More recently, the decline in interest rates and softness of the US dollar, thanks to the Fed's change in tone on rates, have helped the precious metal.
According to the World Gold Council, growth in gold demand last year was also driven by highest central bank buying in 50 years. Gold and other safe-haven assets gain in an uncertain environment. And, there is no shortage of uncertainties this year. Will explains why he remains positive on gold.
We then discuss why gold deserves a place in investment portfolios and how much gold investors should investors own. With an expense ratio of 17.49 basis points, the GraniteShares Gold Trust is one of the cheapest gold ETFs on the market. Due to its low fee, BAR was able to pull in assets from other popular gold ETFs and reach over $450 million since its launch in August 2017.
The largest gold ETF—the SPDR Gold Shares charges 40 basis points. State Street recently launched a cheaper gold ETF—the SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust with an expense ratio of 18 basis points. The iShares Gold Trust has an expense ratio of 25 basis points.
Platinum, one of the rarest precious metals, is used mainly in automotive catalytic converters and jewelry. Historically, the metal generally traded at a premium to gold but it has been struggling for the past few years. Will explains why and whether this trend could be reversed.
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