|Highly liquid, can be bought and sold on the stock market||Fees involved when purchasing ETFs, such as the expense ratio as well as commissions when buying or selling|
|Get gold exposure without having to own the gold||Smaller, lesser known ETFs could be illiquid, making it difficult to sell|
|Low cost method to start investing in gold, without having to select a gold stock or build your own gold portfolio|
#4 Gold stocks
Other than purchasing an ETF, you can also consider picking individual stocks tied to businesses in the gold mining industry.
Stocks in the gold mining industry are companies that extract the yellow metal from their mines. Examples of such stocks include Newmont Corporation and Barrick Gold Corporation. Newmont Corporation is the world's leading gold company that actively operates mines in nine countries. It is also the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index. However, with the recent slide in gold prices, Newmont's stock prices have also plunged more than 20% in the last three months of 2021.
Purchasing gold-related stocks allows you to make intraday trades, much like purchasing an ETF or other types of stocks in the market. Investors that prefer to invest for dividends can also consider gold stocks instead of physical gold.
|Highly liquid, can be bought and sold on the stock market||Subject to market volatility|
|Some gold companies give out dividends to investors||Less diversified than an ETF|
#5 Gold certificate
Physical gold can take up space. If storing your gold is a concern, you can consider a gold certificate instead. Gold certificates can be exchanged for cash or physical gold. They can also be held by two holders.
For example, UOB has gold certificates which are sold in kilocerts (priced the same way as gold bars) and up to a maximum of 30 kilobars per certificate. They also have no expiry date, so you won’t be forced to liquidate your gold certificate. However, these gold certificates come with a fee. UOB charges a flat S$5 per certificate as well as a service charge of S$72 per kilobar per annum, subject to GST.
|Does not take up physical space||Incur a service charge and fee|
|Akin to buying a gold bar||Must keep the gold certificate safe as it is possible to lose, misplace or have your gold certificate stolen, although a new certificate may be issued|
#6 Gold savings account
When it comes to savings accounts, the usual names like DBS Multiplier, OCBC 360 and UOB One come to mind. But did you know that UOB offers a unique product — a gold savings account?
This gold savings account allows you to buy and sell gold without having to physically purchase the gold. Your gold holdings are recorded in grams and the minimum quantity per transaction is five grams of gold.
|Does not take up physical space, while still allowing you to buy and sell gold||Incur a monthly service charge of 0.25% p.a., subject to a monthly minimum charge of 0.12 grams of gold — potentially a hefty fee to pay if you only plan to buy a small quantity of gold.|
|Can purchase gold using CPF funds||A minimum quantity per transaction of 5 grams of gold required|
|Must have minimum balance of 5 grams of gold in your gold savings account|
Besides the ways listed above, there are also other gold-related products such as Gold Linked Notes (GLNs) offered by DBS, as well as gold trading apps such as Troy Gold and Everest Gold. They allow you to trade gold with little capital required.
Before jumping on the bandwagon, be sure to assess your own portfolio, current market conditions as well as your risk appetite before making your investment decision.
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How to use UOB’s gold price chart
UOB lists its gold and silver prices in SGD on its website to make things easy for customers and investors. You can also access the gold and silver price chart via UOB Personal Internet Banking or UOB Mighty anytime, anywhere.
While the gold and silver price chart is updated daily, take note that the gold and silver prices shown are subject to change without prior notice and may be different at the time of actual transaction.
The UOB gold price chart is useful for when you want a quick glance at the prices to decide if you would like to trade.
For instance, the minimum quantity per transaction with a Gold Savings Account is five grams of gold. UOB’s gold price chart gives you an indicative price at which the bank is buying or selling one gram of gold that day.
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How to buy gold from UOB
UOB makes it easy for you to shop for different types of gold products online or in person.
Gold savings account
The UOB Gold Savings Account lets you buy and sell gold conveniently without physical delivery. Here are the steps to follow:
- Open your Gold Savings Account at a UOB branch
- Buy gold conveniently through UOB Personal Internet Banking (click on ‘Investments’ then ‘Gold and Silver’) or UOB Mighty (click on ‘Services’ then ‘Buy Gold/Silver’)
- Available from Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 11pm, excluding Singapore public holidays
Gold bars and gold bullion coins
Existing UOB Personal Internet Banking users can buy gold bars and gold bullion coins online at their convenience. Do collect the gold piece(s) in person at UOB Main Branch within five working days from 9.30am to 4.30 pm to avoid late collection charges.
You don’t need to have a UOB account to buy gold bars and gold bullion coins. You can purchase these gold items at the UOB Main Branch from 9.30am to 4.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays excluding public holidays.
You can purchase gold certificates at the Gold Counter of UOB Main Branch from 9.30am to 4.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays excluding public holidays.
In case you’re wondering, the gold certificates are sold in multiples of one kilobar of 999.9 fineness. Each gold certificate is subject to a maximum of 30 kilograms.
UOB fees and charges
|Type of gold investment||Fees and charges|
|Gold Savings Account||- Service charge: 0.25% p.a. of the highest gold balance each month, subject to a monthly min charge of 0.12 grams of gold
- Early account closure fee: S$30 (subject to GST) if you close the account within six months from account opening date
|Gold bars||- Late collection charge: S$5 per kg per day; S$2 per piece per day for small bars
- Note: Gold bars must be collected in person at UOB Main Branch within 5 working days of online order placement
|Gold bullion coins||- Late collection charge: S$2 per piece per day
- Note: Gold bullion coins must be collected in person at UOB Main Branch within 5 working days of online order placement
|Gold certificates||- Flat S$5 certificate fee
- Service charge: S$72 per kilobar per annum
- Note: Certificate fee and service charge are subject to GST
How else can you invest in gold in Singapore?
There are many ways you can go about investing in gold, apart from purchasing gold bars, bullion coins, gold certificates, gold jewellery, gold ETF and gold stocks.
Case in point: the Hugo Gold Vault lets you buy gold starting from as little as S$0.01, subject to a nominal fee of 0.5% per transaction.
There are even more complex gold investment products such as Gold Linked Notes (GLNs), gold options and futures available to sophisticated investors, too. Remember, all investments carry risk.
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