ETFS Physical Gold

Low cost access to physical gold bullion

ETFS Physical Gold (ASX code: GOLD) offers low-cost access to physical gold via the stock exchange and avoids the need for investors to personally store their own bullion.

About GOLD

GOLD offers investors a simple, cost-efficient and secure way to access gold by providing a return equivalent to the movements in the Australian dollar price of gold less a daily management fee.

GOLD is backed by physical allocated gold bullion held by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (the Custodian) in London. Only metal that conforms with the London Bullion Market Association's (LBMA) rules for Good Delivery can be accepted by the custodian. Each physical bar is segregated, individually identified and allocated which means there is no credit risk. Investors can choose to redeem units for the physical holdings.

GOLD is an exchange traded commodity ("ETC") that can be created and redeemed on demand (by Authorised Participants). It trades on the stock exchange just like a share and is settled and held in ordinary brokerage accounts.

Why Consider GOLD?

  • Low-cost access to physical gold bullion

  • Gold is often uncorrelated with other assets classes and is commonly used for portfolio diversification purposes

  • Gold has historically performed well when other assets have been volatile and is often used as an event risk hedge.

  • Gold is traditionally used as a store of value and is often seen as a hedge against inflation.

  • GOLD units can be redeemed directly with the issuer for the underlying bullion

  • Liquid and transparent


Where is the metal stored?

The physical gold bullion for GOLD is held in the vault(s) of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in London. The vault is audited twice a year by auditor Inspectorate. All audit reports are made available in the Resources section below. Each gold bar in the vault is itemised in a bar-list which is also available at the top of the web page.

How is the management fee paid?

Each unit in GOLD comes with an entitlement to an amount of physical bullion. This amount was 0.093888096 fine troy ounces as at 1 January 2020. The entitlement is reduced daily by a management fee of 0.40% per annum. The exact metal entitlement per unit is published on the ETF Securities website daily.

How do I redeem units for the physical metal?

To redeem for physical gold, an investor needs to:

  1. Complete and send a redemption form

  2. Open an unallocated bullion account with an authorised bullion dealer and

  3. Pay a redemption fee of $1,000 for each redemption.

Depending on the quantity of the order, investors may find that selling units in the secondary market is a more cost-efficient option, especially for small quantities.

How can I use GOLD in a portfolio?

Gold has a low to negative level of correlation with other asset classes, such as equities and fixed income, and can therefore be used to enhance a portfolio’s overall risk/return characteristics through the benefits of diversification.

Gold has historically performed well during periods of high equity market volatility due to its safe-haven status and can therefore be used as an event risk hedge.

For centuries gold has been used as a store of value and is independent of the value of any fiat currency. As such, gold is commonly cited as a hedge against inflation.

Gold can be used as a tactical investment based on its own fundamentals, which relate to its unique supply and demand characteristics. Supply relates to both mine production and available above-ground stock. Demand primarily comes from:

  1. Consumers; in the form of jewellery, bars and coins

  2. Industrial users; such as electronics component manufacturers

  3. Investors; including direct holders and ETF investors, and

  4. Central banks; who maintain large gold reserves.

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Product Information
NAV Information
NAV/Unit (A$)247.6312
Date (NAV)28 Oct 2020
Currency (NAV)AUD
Shares outstanding8,742,815
AUM (A$)2,164,993,635.99
Product Information
Fund inception date28 Mar 2003
Management Costs (% p.a.)0.40
Maximum cost recoveries (% p.a.)0.00
Distribution FrequencyNone
Currency HedgedNo
Legal FormRedeemable preference share with an entitlement to metal
SMSF EligibleYes
Vault LocationLondon, UK
Trading Information
Symbols and Trading Hours
Bloomberg CodeGOLD AU Equity
Trading hours10:00AM – 4:00PM
Trade Online
Management & Administration
IssuerETFS Metal Securities Australia Limited
CustodianJPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
RegistrarComputershare Investor Services Pty Limited
TrusteeGold Bullion Nominees
Benchmark Information
BenchmarkLBMA Gold Price PM