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The ETF Worth Its Weight in Gold

September 26, 2019

Watch Time 1:07 MIN

The VanEck Merk Gold Trust (OUNZ) seeks to provide a convenient and cost-efficient way to buy and hold gold with the option to take physical delivery of gold if and when desired. It was the first ETF that lets investors take delivery when they sell their shares.

"There's gold in them thar hills." This catchphrase from the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century is fitting for the VanEck Merk Gold Trust ETF known by its ticker, O-U-N-Z, or OUNZ.

Unlike the biggest gold funds on the market, OUNZ gives any investor the option to redeem his shares for gold in big and small amounts.

The precious metal is not in the hills but rather held in London vaults where there is a fee, of course, to transport it. Taking delivery of the gold, however, is not a taxable event because investors would be taking possession of what they already own.

OUNZ has an expense ratio of 40 basis points and has amassed some $150 million in assets. [Effective July 24, 2020, the Sponsor’s fee has been reduced to an annualized rate equal to 0.25% of OUNZ’s net assets. The AUM as of the end of November is $399.0M] Since launching in 2014, OUNZ has tracked very closely with the price of gold.

The fund gets a green light in the Bloomberg Intelligence Traffic Light System with a note for its alternative tax treatment.


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Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. The VanEck® Merk® Gold Trust is not an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or a commodity pool for the purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act. Shares of the Trust are not subject to the same regulatory requirements as mutual funds. Because shares of the Trust are intended to reflect the price of the gold held in the Trust, the market price of the shares is subject to fluctuations similar to those affecting gold prices. Additionally, shares of the Trust are bought and sold at market price, not at net asset value (“NAV”). Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.

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