How to buy Gold ETF?
Listed below is a simple way to own a Gold ETF.
Gold EFT are fast becoming a rage in India. One reason attributed to its popularity could be its stellar performance in a relatively subdued market conditions.
When first introduced in India, many were skeptical about its relevance and suitability in Indian markets, however increasing volumes and new scheme launches(Quantum, SBI) indicate its growing acceptance in a naive market like India. It is a complex financial instrument. (read EFT F.A.Q).It involves many different entities apart from usual fund managers who manage the scheme. However, its has its own limitations since it is listed on exchanges.
Many people are unaware of ways to buy a GOLD ETF.
You need a Demat account along with broker who is a member of NSE to buy a Gold ETF.
Along with traditional brokerage firms like India Infoline, Geojit, IndiaBulls, Sharekhan also offer a demat account with brokerage facilities.
Once you have a brokerage account you can buy Gold ETF by placing an order like a normal stock order to buy listed Gold ETF. Most of the ETF are listed only on NSE. Unfortunately, BSE does not have any Gold ETF listed on it.
Additionally codes like be required to be inputted to buy it online or through telephone, as many brokerage firm’s customer care executives are unaware of the codes.
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Benchmark Mutual Fund – Gold Benchmark Exchange Traded Scheme (NSE Symbol: GOLDBEES)
See today’s price Nav of UTI Mutual Fund – UTI Gold Exchange Traded Fund (NSE Symbol: GOLDSHARE)
Quantum Gold Fund – Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) (NSE Symbol: QGOLDHALF)
Interesingly, Quantum Gold is also available for 0.5 grams(1/2 gram) of gold. Now that’s truly a product for the masses since the pricing is half of other available Gold ETF.
Apart from Gold ETF, some other mutual funds are also available which invest in different gold mining companies and international gold funds as well.
Since these funds(DSP World Gold, AIG Gold) are not ETF’s, no demat account is required and can be purchased like any other mutual fund schemes.
Update: January, 07, 2009.
Now Kotak Securites has launched a facility where investors can invest in Gold ETF on a regular basis.
These facility in similar to SIP in GOLD ETF, or GOLD ETF SIP.
Kindly comment in case any other brokerage has similar facility.