“Conservative high net worth gold investors prefer physical bullion over ETFs, says State Street Global Advisors. Private banks in Asia mainly use ETF vehicles when making active bets on gold based on a short-term outlook, Robin Tsui, gold ETF strategist at SSGA, said during an event in Hong Kong. For strategic allocations or longer-term investing, buying physical bullion and storing it in a safe remains the norm.”
USAGOLD note: The same is true in the United States and Europe. Financial institutions and funds tend to favor the ETFs while private investors tend to prefer coins and bullion stored nearby.