4 reasons why you should consider gold as an investment option for next 2 years

POSTED BY Jagoinvestor ON April 11, 2008 COMMENTS (48)

There are many reasons why we shall look beyond conventional Fixed Deposits, PPF and high growth Shares and Mutual Funds. Gold is always seen as a thing to own and only for consuming as ornaments, for jewelry but seldom as an investment purpose, in fact silver also for that matter.

But now there are many reasons to invest in GOLD, just like people invest in Shares, Mutual funds, PPF, NSC, and Fixed Deposits.

gold investment

Reason 1: Stock Markets are becoming risky and uncertain

Stock Markets are in Bad shape for at least short or medium-term at least. No one knows whats going to happen in 6 months or 1 year or 2 years. Long term may be good but still, a medium-term perspective is not very clear.

Not only the Stock Market but the whole of financial Markets are uncertain if you consider problems like Inflation, dip in projected GDP growth of economy, etc.

Reason 2: It acts like a hedge towards Inflation and Foreign currency

As the Indian currency is gaining against Dollar and other currencies, Rupees is set to become more strong in the coming years. Gold has an inverse relation with Dollar.


In the future as Dollar weakens, GOLD will become more strong.

Reason 3: Its a relatively less known investment option and has high potential in future

Looking at history, and every time we see that an investment option starts becoming popular and by the time most people know about it, it already gives most of its returns and becomes a talk of past.

GOLD has started gaining attention as an investment option and becoming popular and still in its middle stage, if not early.

So it’s the time to ride the boat.

Reason 4: Future High Demand and less supply

In future gold is going to in high demand and it’s already in less supply, so according to the demand-supply logic, the prices are bound to go up in the near future. Indians account for 23% of the world’s total annual consumption and overall global demand has increased 15% year on year

Gold demands were an all-time high in 2007 and expected to increase in the coming years due to mismatch in demand and supply.

Reason 5: More Diversification

Before some time back, diversification of portfolio was limited to Equity, Debt and Real Estate and some cash, so that your risk is spread across different class of assets. GOLD has evolved as another asset class and not it help in diversifying your portfolio.

What’s the best way to invest in GOLD?

It really depends on the person and situation and the motive of investment.

ne can invest in GOLD directly by buying gold in physical form like jewelry, gold biscuits, gold bars. It all of these require some maintenance and some problems are associated with investing in a physical format like :

  • No surety of purity, you can be sure that you got the same purity as promised.
  • Preserving cost: if you have physical gold, you will invest in bank locker etc for secure storage.
  • Risk of theft, mishandling, etc.

To avoid all these problems, we have an alternative way of investing in GOLD, called Gold ETF’s, read it next …

Read about Gold Funds (Click here)

What is GOLD ETF’s

Gold ETF’s are a special type of ETF’s (Exchange traded funds), ETF are not covered here, but view them as open ended mutual funds, which are traded on stock exchange just like normal stocks. You can buy units on Stock Exchange, each unit is equivalent to one gram of gold or .5 grams of gold.

So if you want to invest in 100 grams of gold, you can buy 100 units of a GOLD ETF from the stock exchange, you can buy it just like any share from the stock exchange.

gold ETF’s price changes real-time, as they are traded on the stock exchange like shares.

Watch this video to know why there will be an increase in gold investment in upcoming years:

In India currently, there are Five Gold ETF’s.

– Benchmark Gold ETF (Stock Code on NSE/BSE: GOLDEN) (the first one in the country)
– UTI Gold ETF (Stock Code on NSE/BSE: UTGOLD)

and other 3 from Reliance, Quantum and Kotak listed on NSE.

Gold has returned 38% in the last 1 year and 170% in the last 5 years (absolute). And it looks great in the future.

You can easily enter and exit from GOLD ETF’s unlike physical gold.

How investing in Gold ETF’s scores over Physical gold like Bars or jewellery?

Comparison of GOLD ETF’s vs GOLD BARS vs Jewelry

Consider you are investing Rs.1 Lacs in Gold, there are 4 parameters to judge.

If you purchase Them

– Jewellery: Making charges of 15-20%
– Gold Bar: 10% to 20% mark up charges by banks.
– Gold ETF : 1.5-2.5% entry load

If you Sell

– Jewellery: 10% – 20% is lost due to Purity issues.
– Gold Bar: Banks do not take it back, so the premium paid at the time of purchase is written off.
– Gold ETF: Brokerage of 1% or even less.

Maintenance Charges

– Jewellery: Insurance charges and locker charges (if you put it in the locker)
– Gold Bar: Insurance charges and locker charges (if you put it in locker)
– Gold ETF : 1.5 – 2.5 %

Tax Implications

– Jewellery: Long term capital gain of 20%, but after 3 years. 1% wealth tax
– Gold Bar: Long term capital gain of 20%, but after 3 years. 1% wealth tax
– Gold ETF: Long term Capital tax of 20%, but after 1 year. No wealth tax

Note: Gold is taxed at 30% if held for less than 1 year in any format.

So on all these 4 scenarios, GOLD ETF’s score heavily over other means of investing in GOLD.

To read more on why gold is a must buy now and how silver is much better than gold, read https://silverstockreport.com/

I would be happy to read your comments or disagreement on any topic. Please leave a comment.

48 replies on this article “4 reasons why you should consider gold as an investment option for next 2 years”

  1. Arunkanth says:

    Sorry for so many posts.

    but found an interesting one here(map of NSE and icicidirect scrip codes)

    1. Thansk for sharing that link !

  2. Arunkanth says:

    May be I shud have posted my above question in this link. you have already answered half my question there. so posted the link here for any one in future to refer


    But why is the code different on icici direct

  3. Arunkanth says:

    Hi Manish
    Thanks for your posts on anything and everything related to M(Money)

    This is the first thing I do (visist your site) when I buy any funds/policies/cards etc

    I bought UTI Gold ETF. but now its price is not the same as other gold shares. I know we shudnt directly compare prices of different ETFs.

    A month back all Gold ETFs NAVs are around 2800 to 2900
    Now they are all around 2700 to 2800(100 rupess less as gold prices have fallen a bit)

    But UTI NAV has fallen down from 2750 to 2500(250 rupees in one month)

    How cud this happen? just in case you know!!

    Also one small thing – on NSE it shows the script code as NSE:GOLDSHARE(for UTI Gold ETF). but you gave it as “UTGOLD”. Even icici direct shows it as “UTGOLD”. Are they same? iifl shows it as GOLDSHARE. whats the difference?

    1. Its because of the liquidity difference. Note that 2750 is price some person has posted (at which he is ready to buy sell)

  4. VIJI says:



    1. Viji

      You question is best suited for our forum , kindly ask it here : http://jagoinvestor.dev.diginnovators.site/forum

  5. Rani says:

    I got convinced looking at the article that ETF are better, but after the discussions, I am again in the same old confusion state. “Physical gold is better or ETF Gold?”
    I only am looking with a view of saving so that I can maximise the value of it as days pass by.

    1. Rani

      Gold ETF would be a good choice if you are fine with no physical presence of it at your home .. if you can see it in demat form , then just go for Gold ETF


      1. VIJI says:

        — GOLD (PHYSICAL )
        –GOLD SCHEME
        –GOLD ETF & Bk.of NOVA SCOTIA

  6. swati says:


    need your guidance…i am getting married next year and havent bought any gold yet..as the gold price have gone down right now..do u suggest to buy 24kt gold bar or 22kt coins…am not sure if i want to buy jewellery yet as fashion trends change.i am nri so not interested in the gold etf as it will take some time to arrange for it.
    thank you

    1. Swati

      From your comment I can figure out that you want gold for investment pupose , but are not comfortable with gold ETF , in which case buy gold physically .


  7. Saurav Sinha says:

    Hi Manish,
    I was checking out the Risk & Volatality aspect of all the GOLD ETFs operative in India, there is 1 parameter called “Sharpe Ratio” which I dont have any clue about. Can U help??

    1. Sharpe ratio is “risk-adjusted” return , if fund A gives 20% return by taking 15% risk , its risk free return is 20-15 = 5% , while if B returns 21% with 18% risk , its risk free return is only 3% , what we should consider is sharpe ratio , not just the obsolute return 🙂



  8. Raj says:

    Hi Manish,

    Are there any restrictions for NRI’s to invest in ETF’s. I recently opened a Demat account and tried to buy SBI Gold ETF’s couple of days back and got rejected saying NRI’s couldn’t invest on this ETF.

    Your advise would be appreciated. Thanks


    1. Raj

      Got this from expressIndia article

      An NRI reader, Anil Pandey, has settled in the US and married a foreigner. He wants to know if he can invest in mutual funds and in small savings schemes like RBI bonds in India, in his name, as well as in the name of his wife and children. He also wants to know why some mutual funds don’t accept investments from NRIs in the US. To answer…

      First, Pandey and his family will be eligible to invest as persons of Indian origin (PIOs), and will therefore be eligible to invest in mutual funds. Second, small saving schemes and RBI Bonds are not available to NRIs for investing. Third, if the mutual fund is sponsored by an entity registered in the US, it cannot offer its products to US citizens without regulatory approvals. Therefore, some funds in India that are , sponsored and managed by US companies exclude NRIs in the US from being eligible to invest in them.


  9. Nitin Shah says:

    I am in USA. Iwant to open .gold EIF”S in India. wherw &how I open?

    1. Nitin

      I assume you meant gold ETF’s , you can buy them through your demat account only .


  10. Shibaji Dash says:

    At least you have set investors thinking on gold etf. You have at the same time raised a valid alert. Why bank of Novascotia as the custodian? Will you pl enlighten us in the matter? In today’s world after many many scams qustion haunts the mind: who will be the cusodian of the custodian? Like who will watch the watchman? Or, the fence eating the crops! Shibaji Dash.

    1. Shibaji

      hmm .. I am not sure on this .


  11. neet says:

    Hi Manish,

    How does one invest in silver as a retail investor?


    1. Neet

      For now you can only invest in pysical silver through jeweler


  12. Balbir says:

    Hi Manish,

    I have just started learning with the help of your blog, so always have some questions. Call me a paranoid 🙂

    All I have a piece of paper as a certificate which says I bough 1 gm of gold but I do not have physical gold. There should be someone who is keeping my gold and when I need I can sell it. So then other person will buy my certificate/paper (not physical gold)

    What if the custodian who keeps the gold has 100gm gold and issued 200 certificate. I am not doing any background verification of the company in terms of their liability, reputation and fair practices 🙂

    Just wanted to be ensure that my money(gold) with what ever the current market value is secure and exists in physical form 🙂

    Thank you,

    1. While I do understand much about the custodians , you have to trust the system and how Gold ETF’s are working . Also you dont get physical gold in all the cases ,its not a guarantee that you can redeem back the physcial gold with gold etf , you have it in e-format always . most of the time


  13. Balbir says:

    I am buying 1gm(1 equity) of goldbees per month in NSE exchange, I am wondering who is the custodian of goldbees 🙂

    what if they goes bankrupt? 🙂

    1. Balbir

      Its not that way .. what do you mean they will go bankrupt , it will happen if gold prices go bankrupt .


  14. Kunal says:


    Are you contradicting your own article by the new article you have just written ??

    I am interested to know your final views now !


    1. Kunal

      Yes , thats a 2 yrs old article , and apart from saying why you should invest in Gold , it also tells you various ways to invest in gold . So not everything holds from there .


  15. Akbar says:

    Hi Manish,
    This is my first post. I have been following your blog for sometime, it is really great.
    With reference to Gold EFT , I have following observation. For NRI’s there is restriction on investing in GOLD EFT already listed in Stock exchange. They are allowed to invest only in NFO stage. Hence Gold EFT might not be viable option for NRI’s. Buying physical gold might be the only option then.


    1. Really ?

      I dont think so . Where did you read that NRI cant invest in Gold ETF on regular basis ?


      1. Dinesh says:

        I also noticed that I am not able to buy GOLD ETFs from my ICICI direct NRI account. It marks that not available for NRIs.
        It’s weird ?

        1. Dinesh

          Is it ? No idea on that


  16. Jo says:

    nice article 🙂

    would help lots seeking to invest in gold.

    still i’d prefer normal stocks.
    altho’ for the sake of diversification max 10-15% can be in gold (ETF).


    1. Jo

      yea .. max 15% in gold . I would say keep 10% only considering the current situation


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  18. Rahul says:


    One more point which can be v v imp in the long run. There are serious allegations on various gold etf’s & custodians like GLD across the globe of using very high leverage for gold holdings.

    I was going through the fact sheet of SBI GETS & UTI GOLD FUND. Susprisingly all indian ETF are using Bank of Nova Scotia as the custodian for Gold. If you just try to find out the repute of this custodian in financial blogosphere by typing ‘Bank of Nova Scotia is the custodian for Gold’ in google search, you will get to know the kinds of risks involved in GOLD ETF’s – mainly technical risk (its a technical default if gold is not held in reality).

    So as they say Let the buyer beware

    Since most indian families usually keep atleast one locker, i would suggest its better to buy physical 100gms /coins from a reputed jeweller with bill. Its also more easy at the time of selling if bought frm a jeweller than buying coins frm bank also its costs less.


    1. Rahul

      Thanks for this information ,have indian Gold etf’s faced any issues so far ?


    2. Ashutosh Sinha says:

      VVI point for consideration. While physical gold may carry costs of it’s protection, a promise to deliver gold (especially when the bank is using high leverage) carries inherent risk.
      ETF may be handy, but there is a risk that it can become a worthless piece of paper if the custodian goes bust.. And I am pretty sure there is enough in the fine-prints for them to get away easily.
      I personally do not make my choice not with the herd.

      1. Ashutosh

        Good point . WIll try to cover this important point in some article .


  19. Anonymous says:

    dear Manish
    thanks very much for the reply.
    i also forgot to add that this gold SIP plan is specifically for daughter's marriage so that i have enough gold during her marriage. i have other SIPs for other requirements.

    from your reply, you agree that almost 18 % of my investments will be eaten away by expense ratio and annual charges. so why would one continue to go for Gold ETF ?
    can you show how this could come out too be.
    i did talk to the MF guy at benchmark last week. they say that the expense is 1% expense weekly and around 1 % expense yearly
    both are divided by 7 and 365 days respectivelty, my calculations says the difference ( in case of 5 % increase each year) comes to around 1200 in 20 years.
    plz explain


    1. Srinivas says:

      1. SIP is not applicable to Gold ETF
      2. Expense ratio is applicable to any Mutual funds but in case of exchange traded funds expense ratio is less. Now Most of the ETFs exchange ratio is 1%.
      If you are investing for 20 years, yes considering every year 1%. 20* 1 = 20% will be annual expense ratio to the AMC.
      20% looks huge number if your money remains stagnant, but over such a long period GOLD will appreciate for many reasons.
      See the gold price history over 100 years.
      To avoid this even if you purchase physical gold also, making changes, locker charges, theft, liquidity and other issues are associated with it.

      Dollar and Gold is inversely proportional to each other. Looking at the current and future trend, Dollar is set to weaken because of other emerging countries and gold is a good asset.
      Latest results from Gold ETF data suggest Gold ETFs are becoming more attractive investment option.
      Gold may not deliver best returns but it must be a part of your portfolio for better diversification.

      Do not investment more than 10% of your income in gold, Try Equity diversified Mutual funds for longer tenure.
      Whenever you need physical gold that time you can sell gold ETF and purchase gold.

      Though it is difficult to time the market. but some hint would be
      1. Buy when demand is less, gold prices fall….this is normally in No-marriage & No festival season

    2. manish says:


      not 18% , it will just be 1% . Its 1% every year .. so anyways at the end also it would be 1% of the total amount .the extra cost would be more in physical gold and not in gold ETF .


  20. Manish Chauhan says:


    Considering you want to buy it for future , it will obviously not make sense to go for physical gold. At the end you actually want to have money in invested in GOLD and not "own gold" . You either buy gold and it appreciates in future OR , you invest money in something and it increases in future and then you buy gold , both the options are same

    Considering that there are many years for this , Dont put much into gold. Invest in Equity for long and later buy GOLD when you need it .

    Dont put more than 10% of your money in GOLD .

    The expeses and charges in case of GOLD ETF are around 1% , its not 2.5% .

    The calculations which you have mentioned are only applicable if prices are stagnant and do not move, which will not happen , SO those calculations are rubbish ,. just forget it .

    At the end , Put money in long term mutual funds and use the proceeds later to buy GOLD when you need it . You can have 10% money in Gold ETF .


  21. Anonymous says:

    Dear Manish

    i know that this post is old, but i wanted some clarifications on the same subject. hope you can read this msg.

    my background:
    i am looking to buy Gold for my daughter's future marriage in distant future, was looking to buy GOld ETF from icicidirect because
    1. i do not have a locker
    2. did not want to make monthly trips dealers ( even to reputed shops like png, tanishq to buy gold)
    3. i am doing monthly SIP in MF and stocks and i know the advantages of monthly buying)

    what is coming out from discussion from some sites is that if you buy gold etf for 20 years, because of the expense ratio and annual charges, the actual money you could get after 20 years is only 72 % of the total paid. is this correct ?

    assuming that you buy one gram of gold each month and after 20 years and 240 grams of gold, when you sell it at end of 20 years, the expence and annual charges ( say 2.5 % ) will eat almost 18 % of your gold ?
    is this true ??
    i am not able to understand how this will happen.

    looking forward to your reply


  22. M.Sidharth says:

    you are right. I should have been a little careful in reading your sentence and more elaborate while explaining mine. I was talking consumption in the form of Gold stocks. India has 9% share in Gold stocks and 13% in the form of physical gold, which comes to 20 to 23% consumption in all forms.

    Thanks for the correction.

  23. Manish Chauhan says:

    Hi m.sidharth , as fas as i can find out , i see more than 20% . if not 235 , but definately not 9% .


  24. M.Sidharth says:

    Indians account for 9% (not 23%) of the worlds total gold consumption.

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