Stefan Gleason: Gold ETF holdings surge, but do they actually hold gold?

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By Stefan Gleason
Money Metals Exchange, Eagle, Idaho
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Gold-linked exchange-traded products are growing in popularity with investors. Assets held by gold ETFs have grown 38 percent globally in 2019.

In October, according to the World Gold Council, gold exchange-traded funds attracted $1.9 billion in net inflows to reach a record high total gold holding of 2,900 tonnes -- at least on paper.

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There is good reason to be skeptical of whether all these "gold" vehicles actually hold physical metal sufficient to back their market capitalizations on a 1-to-1 basis. Some of them very well might; others almost certainly don't.

In fact, many of these gold instruments hold futures contracts and other financial derivative products that merely "track" the gold price. ...

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