Investing in Gold ETFs to Strengthen Your Portfolio in Difficult Economic Times

Governments across the world are printing and borrowing money as fast as they can to prop up their financial systems. Investing in gold is a way to potentially profit from this madness.

There are many ways to profit from gold investing. You can own the physical coins. You can own a gold stocks. You can own shares in the gold mines if you have the capital. But the single easiest way to get into gold investing is to own what is called an exchange traded fund. A gold ETF trades just like a stock. You can buy shares of the ETF which then invests the money in standard gold bullion.

The nice thing about ETFs is that you profit from the potential rise in gold yet you do not have to worry about storage, nor do you have to deal with selling it. Gold investing in an ETF is about the easiest way to invest in this precious metal.

There are no guarantees that a gold ETF will go up in price. Supply and demand dictates whether the price will go up or down. Many people believe that just because they own gold that they will instantly be rich. This is not necessarily the case as the price of gold can go down quite low. Of course, gold can go up in price as well.

The performance of gold in 2008 was about 5% increase. This was considered disappointing by gold “bulls” as they figured the price of gold to increase in value much more given the state of the world’s economy. Many analysts believe that the price of gold could very well go over $2,000 an ounce over the next few years.

If you believe that inflation will rise and that the economies around the world will continue to declin