The Gold Rush!
Malaysians have been taking advantage of the recent slide in Gold price to accumulate their holdings in the precious metal. The rush for Gold even stole local news headlines when large groups were seen queueing up at complexes in a bid to build their treasure trove when jewellers offered store discounts. After a stellar 22.5% rise in Gold price in 2020 (in MYR terms as gauged by the LBMA Gold Price AM fixing), price is now down by 7.9% since the start of the year as at 12 March 2021.
And the rush is not just a local phenomenon, but one that is being seen in Singapore, and India as well. A spike in demand has been seen for physical assets as jewellers enjoy brisk business after the price dip.
What’s Driving Demand?
The recent spike in the US 10-year Treasury yields on the back of growth optimism following the vaccine rollout had led to a dive in US Dollar, and Gold price. The rapid rollout in vaccine across the globe had reignited investors’ optimism on the global growth outlook. The OECD has already upgraded its global growth forecast for the year to 5.6% (from the 4.2% growth forecast it made in December 2020).
Promise of a stronger growth outlook in hand has nudged investors into shedding their holdings in Gold to pursue higher yielding investments. The move has resulted in a complete turnaround from last year, when investors flocked towards Gold in a bid to preserve the value of their assets as uncertainties loomed over us during the pandemic. Analysts believe that price pressures on Gold may be cast aside if inflation is kept persistently high. Anticipation is high for the US Federal Reserve to be more accommodative with their monetary policies if inflation numbers remain where they are, so inflation may be lurking around the corner.
After the slump in price that has left Gold price at a near 8-month low, hoarders have been rushing to stock up on the precious metal with reports of a spike in demand from consumers in Singapore, Malaysia, and especially India – who typically makes up close to 50% of the world’s demand for Gold jewellery.
How Gold price have moved over the year
After hitting a high of USD 2,061.50 per ounce in August 2020, Gold price has since taken a dive. As at last Friday, Gold price as quoted by the LBMA Index stood a USD 1,703.85 per ounce, which is approximately a 17.4% drop from the August high.
The TradePlus Shariah Gold Tracker, which tracks the performance of the LBMA Index through its investments in physical Gold, has closely mimicked the performance of its Benchmark.
The Gold ETF, which started the year at RM 2.4357 per unit, moved to a high of RM 2.7810 per Unit in August, before slipping to end last week at RM 2.2725 as at 12 March 2021. With each Unit providing investors approximately 0.01 gram of Gold, this means that investors are able to buy approximately 100 grams of Gold for RM 227.25 by buying 100 units of the Gold ETF.
Physical Jewellery, or Physical backed Gold ETF?
Over the years, the global financial market has evolved to offer products that bring forth convenience to investors.
Take for example, the TradePlus Shariah Gold Tracker – Malaysia’s 1 and only Shariah-compliant physically backed Gold ETF. The Gold ETF enables investors to have exposure to Gold, without the hassle of buying the physical assets. NAV price of the Gold ETF moves in line with the price of Gold as it reflects the ETF’s assets (physical Gold).
Additionally, investors can conveniently buy and sell their Units on Bursa, where prices are quoted based on prevailing market prices. This enables investors to avoid having to visit their regular jewellery store to resell their jewellery – which typically comes with a cost to smelt the products.
But how does this compare against other digital offerings? The 3 things we advise investors to look at when investing is:
- Costs incurred on your investments – are the platforms you are invested in charge competitive fees?
- Spread - know the difference between the buy and sell price, because the bigger the difference, the more you would need your investments to move before being able to break-even, and
- Convenience – how easy is it going to be for you to buy, and sell your Gold.
The Gold ETF
The Gold ETF, which was listed on Bursa’s main market in December 2017, provides investors:
- Convenience – gain exposure to physical Gold price without the hassle of Gold ownership (storage, insurance, logistics)
- Narrower Spread – smaller difference between buy and sell price
- Shariah-Compliant – a Shariah-compliant solution for investors, with a designated Shariah advisor
The Gold ETF:
- Is the 1st, and only Malaysian listed Shariah compliant physically-backed Gold ETF
- Trades under the Bursa stock code: 0828EA
- The ETF closed at a NAV per unit of RM 2.2725 (as at 12 March 2021)
- How to trade?
- ETFs trade just like stocks
- So all you will need is a brokerage account
- But as a Shariah-compliant ETF, the counter is typically blocked by the brokerage house
- Just call your broker to request them to unblock the counter, get onto their online platform, and start trading!
NOW IN A UT STRUCTURE!!
- Investors can now gain exposure to the Gold ETF via a Unit Trust Fund structure: the Affin Hwang Shariah Gold Tracker Fund
- The Fund was launched in October 2020, and feeds into the Gold ETF to track the price performance of Gold.
For more information
Still not completely convinced about the Gold ETF? Need more information about the product? Hop over to www.tradeplus.com.my/gold-tracker for more details regarding the ETF.
Alternatively, feel free to reach out to us via the contact points below:
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