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Gold Investment Options

Gold Investment Options (Overview)

There are a number of gold investment vehicles available to you. A brief overview of the different investment options follows. A more detailed accounting of each investment vehicle can be found on its own page, which can be reached by clicking on the title of the investment.

Please note that The Swiss Gold Annuity™ can hold any type of gold asset.

The Swiss Gold Annuity™

The Swiss Gold Annuity™ functions much like a personal holding structure. Investors request a special annuity policy comprised of various gold assets. These investments, which range from physical gold bullion to gold futures, are made and managed by an independent investment manager.

Bullion Coins and Small Bars

Bullion coins and small bars allow private investors to purchase small amounts of gold. Both assets come in a variety of weights and sizes.

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

Gold ETFs are a low-cost way to invest in the price of gold without requiring owners to take actual delivery of the gold. As the price of gold increases, the share value increases concurrently. Unlike some other investment types, ETFs are backed by physical stores of gold that are held in vaults.

Futures and Options

Gold futures are contractual agreements to buy or sell gold at a future date for a specific price. This price is determined by forecasting the future market value. The deposit paid to the broker is a fraction of the investment cost. Depending on how the price of gold changes, significant gains can be had.

Gold options are similar to futures, with one critical distinction: there is no contractual obligation to consummate the deal. The option holder has the right to buy or sell gold at a future date for a specific price.

Gold Accounts

There are two types of gold accounts: allocated and unallocated. In an allocated account, physical gold is stored in a vault owned and managed by a bank that deals in gold bullion. Specific gold bars are allocated to the investor, who must pay storage and insurance fees.

In an unallocated account, the investor does not own specific bars of gold. However, they are exempt from paying storage and insurance fees.

Gold Accumulation Plans (GAP)

In a Gold Accumulation Plan, a fixed amount of money is set aside each month. This money is used to purchase gold bullion.

Gold Certificates

A certificate issued to investors that identifies them as the owner of gold bullion that a bank is storing on their behalf.

Self Invested Pension Plans (SIPPs)

Self Invested Pension Plans offer investors far more flexibility than traditional pension plans. Instead of having money invested on your behalf, SIPPs allow you to dictate your plan's makeup. Almost any kind of investment vehicle, from gold ETFs to commercial property, can be housed inside a Self Invested Pension Plan.

SIPPs allow you to invest in a variety of assets, including most gold investment vehicles. Everything from physical gold bullion to gold ETFs and stocks can comprise a SIPP.

Gold Mining Stocks

Stock that is bought in a gold mining company.