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iShares Physical Gold ISA

Review of the iShares Physical Gold Fund

The iShares Physical Gold ETC fund seeks to track the return of the gold spot price.

iShares cover a wide range of asset classes on international markets and can form a key component of a investment portfolio within an ISA tax wrapper.

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Physical Gold ETC Fund

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ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Offers exposure to changes in the price of gold - an important investment commodity. This fund is backed by physical gold.
  • Invest From: £50 pm

iShares physically-backed Exchange Traded Commodities (iShares Physical ETCs) are series of secured metal-linked debt securities that trade on one or more regulated exchanges and offer investors easily accessible, liquid and transparent exposure to physical precious metals. iShares Physical ETCs provide investors with exposure to the performance of individual precious metals without the need to take physical delivery or trade commodity futures contracts. The iShares Physical Gold ETC seeks to track the day-to-day movement of the price of gold, less fees, by holding gold bullion. The gold bullion backs the securities issued and is valued daily at the London PM fix price. The gold bullion is held as allocated gold bars with the custodian, JPMorgan. State Street acts as the Trustee. iShares Physical ETCs are exchange traded commodities and are neither funds nor exchange traded funds.

Available via Fidelity Fund Supermarket this fund provides low cost exposure to the gold market with a 0.25% pa annual charge.

Important information: Please note the value of investments can go down as well as up so you may get back less than you invested. This information is not a personal recommendation for any particular investment. If you are unsure about the suitability of an investment you should speak to an authorised financial adviser.

iShares Physical Gold ISA

This ETC fund provides direct investment into gold through physical replication. The fund has an ongoing charge of 0.15%. 

You can invest in this fund via an ISA through investor platforms including:


Hargreaves Lansdown

Interactive Investor

AJ Bell

How does an ETC work?

ETCs enable investors to track an individual, or collection of, commodities or currencies. 

ETCs follow the price of metals, oil, agricultural products or exchange rates either directly, or by tracking an index of derivatives.

The fund performance of an ETC is typically based either on the spot price (price for the immediate supply) or the future price (price for the supply in the future) of a single commodity e.g. gold or a basket of commodities.

What is the difference between an ETC and an ETF?

If you are looking to invest in a commodity such as gold you will need to buy an ETC (exchange-traded commodities) which includes as well as precious metals, industrial metals, oil, natural gas, soft commodities and livestock.

ETCs are traded on the stock exchange just like ETFs. There is an important difference as an investor you need to understand - capital invested in an ETC is not a fund asset that is protected if the issuer becomes insolvent.

ETC concerns a debenture of the ETC provider.

The investor has an issuer risk in case of an ETC as compared to ETF. With a physical backed ETC the issuer risk is eliminated as the precious metal in this case gold, is held as gold bars by a trustee.

How do I invest in an iShares ETC ISA?

You can invest in iShares ETcs via a platform provider.

Investment Platforms include:

  • Fidelity - Through the Fidelity platform once you set up an investment account you can invest in a wide range of iShares ETFs
  • Hargreaves Lansdown - Provide a list of popular iShares ETFs their clients are buying at any given time.They provide access to most major EFT providers.
  • AJ Bell - With AJ Bell you can invest in ETF providers such as Amundi, Franklin, HSBC and Invesco. AJ Bell provides a screening tool to allow you to drill down to the ETF that might best suit your 

2 alternative ways to buy gold

Buying gold bars and coins can be expensive and impractical.

But there are other ways to invest in gold.

Download the Hargreaves Lansdown factsheet to find out more about two alternatives:

  • Exchange Traded Commodities
  • Gold miners

FREE Factsheet - Alternative Ways To Buy Gold »

Important Risk Information:

The value of investments can go down in value as well as up, so you could get back less than you invest. It is therefore important that you understand the risks and commitments. This website aims to provide information to help you make your own informed decisions. It does not provide personal advice based on your circumstances. If you are unsure of how suitable an investment is for you, please seek personal advice.

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