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Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are hot. Everybody is buying. The mantra of passive investing has created a billion-dollar industry for these “trackers.” And gold is not staying behind. One of the world´s largest ETFs is the SPDR Gold Shares Fund (GLD), a gold-backed ETF, which is supposed to track the gold price. And the GLD ETF is perhaps among the world´s “safest” ETFs, but let us not get started on junk bond index ETFs. ETFs suffer from deep structural flaws whenever there arises a shortage of liquidity. Today we will walk through the case of the largest physical gold backed ETF in the world.

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