Buying Gold can be confusing as there are many ways to do it, but the preferred method seems to be to buy Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's) but the most efficient way to buy 'Physical' Gold is using and Asset Protection Bond and ETC's (Exchange Traded Commodities.
It is important to point out that while there is a difference between ETFs and ETCs—the main difference being that ETCs use a secured, undated, zero-coupon note structure, that is a bit like having a bank note that is 100% backed by gold bullion, whereas ETFs are funds—they are otherwise similar in that both are open-ended, continuously traded and have multiple market makers.
With regard to counterparty risk, precious-metal ETCs are backed by allocated bullion in vaults.
The benefits of ETCs include:
INVESTMENT OBJECTIVEiShares physically-backed Exchange Traded Commodities (iShares Physical ETCs) are series of secured metal-linked debt securities that trade on one or more regulated exchanges and offer investors easily accessible, liquid and transparent exposure to physical precious metals. iShares Physical ETCs provide investors with exposure to the performance of individual precious metals without the need to take physical delivery or trade commodity futures contracts.
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