There are two options to choose when Investing in gold: physical gold vs paper gold in its multiple variations. But how do you decide which type of gold suits you best? First, find the major reason why you invest in gold. If you want to own gold to protect your funds from inflation and loss of purchasing power, to smooth your returns from other investments such as badly performing stocks, or to diversify and hedge your portfolio during economic and political distress, then physical gold may be your choice — in a long-term perspective. However, if you want to get profit from your gold investment in the short run, you should consider paper gold, including gold CFDs.
The term paper gold means you have a piece of paper acting as a substitute for the physical gold. With paper gold, you don't own the gold; you own a promise to receive physical gold. In plain English, it means you are a creditor of the corporation issuing the paper gold certificate, thus subject to counterparty risks. Owning the physical gold has no counterparty risk and is fully under your control. Examples of paper gold are gold certificates issued by banks and mints, pool accounts, futures accounts and the NYSE listed exchange-traded fund. With these products you own a piece of paper rather than physical gold.
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