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Gold ETF Investments

Gold ETF investments track the actual price of gold in markets

Can you please suggest which of the Gold ETFs are best for investors with about 3 years' investing horizon ahead of them? Will there be any lock-in period? How do the schemes work and what are the expected returns? 

- Dr. V.S.B. Sarma

Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) invest directly in gold and are listed on stock exchanges. These funds are passively managed and therefore, the prices are actually a reflection of the actual price of gold in the open market. 

As such there is no lock-in period for these funds. It is very difficult to comment on the future price of any commodity, let alone gold, which is one of the most volatile of commodities.

Fund 

YTD Return (%)

Gold Benchmark ETF

24.51

Kotak Gold ETF

24.09

Quantum Gold

23.98

Reliance Gold ETF

23.77

SBI Gold ETS

-

UTI Gold ETF

24.12

As on December 14, 2009.

 

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