We look at the three largest ETPs that track the gold price and which are “physically-backed” (meaning they own the underlying asset), and track the same spot price index, the LBMA Gold Price Index.
Each of these ETPs offers a London-listed share-class, and each also offers a GBP-denominated listing. This means that the share price is expressed in GBP-terms. This is convenient for client reporting and essential for some platforms. The returns, however, remain unhedged to GBP.
Whilst SGLN and SGLP are Irish-domiciled funds, PHGP is Jersey domiciled. Each has UK tax reporting status.
In terms of scale and cost, iShares Physical Gold ETC (Ticker: SGLN, launched in 2011) is the largest at £11.9bn with TER of 0.19%, followed by Invesco Physical Gold (Ticker: SGLP, launched in 2009) at £10.7bn with TER of 0.19%, followed by WisdomTree Physical Gold (Ticker: PHGP, launched in 2007) at £7.1bn
With increasing choice available, the key differentiation amongst physically-backed ETPs is cost.
Fig.1. YTD performance of largest London-listed Gold ETPs
Source: Bloomberg, as at 7th August 2020, GBP terms
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