Gold ingot is the most popular type of gold to hold as an investment or store of value, since it is generally easy to sell and holds its value well. In general terms, the most commonly recognized products are the most liquid. In other words, they are the easiest to sell at the best prices. These include products such as the American Eagles gold with 26% silver and the Canadian Maple Leafs.
Three of the largest ETFs include SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), iShares Gold Trust (IAU) and the Aberdeen Standard Physical Gold Shares (SGOL) ETF. If you don't want to have the trouble of having physical gold or dealing with the fast pace and margin requirements of the futures market, a good alternative is to buy an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks the commodity. Gold futures are a good way to speculate on the rise (or fall) in the price of gold, and you could even accept the physical delivery of gold if you wish, although physical delivery is not what motivates speculators. Thanks to a little-known law, you can now deposit gold or silver in your IRA or 401 000 account to own physical precious metals in the form of a coin or bar.