Gold ETF Categories

There are dozens of U.S.-listed ETFs available that offer exposure to gold. The manner in which these products offer investors access to gold prices can vary considerably; some invest directly in bars of physical gold bullion, while others hold stocks of companies engaged in the extraction and production of the metal.

The analysts at have allocated each of the gold ETFs to a single Gold ETF Category; these groupings include exchange-traded products that use generally similar approaches to establishing exposure to gold prices.

To more precisely identify gold ETFs that march a specific set of characteristics, see the Gold ETF Screener or Gold ETF Types page.