We have compiled a directory of leading gold brokers where you can buy gold bullion, coins and bars online, over the phone or even in branch.
|Company name||Year founded||Buy in branch||Buy by phone||Buy online||Branch locations|
|The Pure Gold Company||2012||Y||Y||Y||London|
|Bullion By Post||2008||Y||Y||Y||Birmingham|
|Physical Gold Ltd||2008||N||Y||N||London|
|The Gold Bullion Company||1993||Y
|Coin Invest Direct||2007||Y
|Goldcore||2003||N||Y||Y||London & Dublin|
|Gold Made Simple||2010||N||N||Y||London|
|Baird & Co||1967||Y
|ATS Bullion Ltd||2002||Y||Y||Y||London|
|Atkinsons Bullion & Coins||1990||Y||Y||Y||Birmingham|
|SA Bullion||2005||Y||Y||N||Cape Town|
|The Royal Mint||886||N||N||Y|
We have also compiled a list of stock-exchange listed funds (ETFs) which aim to track the price of gold. If you’d like to know more about ETFs, see: All you need to know about exchange-traded funds
|Name of ETF||Ticker||Annual fee||Editor’s comments|
|ETFS Gold Bullion Securities||LSE:GBSS||0.40%||Physically-backed sterling-denominated gold ETF. Can be held in a Sipp, but not an Isa.|
|ETFS Physical Gold||LSE:PHGP||0.39%||Physically-backed sterling-denominated gold ETF. Can be held in a Sipp or an Isa.|
|ETFS Physical Gold||LSE:PHAU||0.39%||Physically-backed dollar-denominated gold ETF. Can be held in a Sipp or an Isa.|
|ETFS Physical Swiss Gold||LSE:SGBS||0.39%||If you don’t trust the UK or US governments you may want to invest in gold held in Switzerland.|
|ETFS Short Gold||LSE:SBUL||0.98%||A way to bet on the gold price falling. Most suitable for short-term holdings.|
|ETFS Leveraged Gold||LSE:LBUL||0.98%||Designed to deliver double the rise in gold (and double the fall).|
|ProShares Ultra Gold||NYSE:UGL||0.95%||Designed to deliver double the rise in gold (and double the fall).|
|SPDR Gold Trust||NYSE:GLD||0.40%||US-listed physically-backed gold ETF – the most popular with investors.|
Important information about this page: We’ve done our utmost to make this table as comprehensive as possible, including as many service providers as we can. We do not recommend a particular service and you should always select the service that’s right for you. If you spot something that is not correct or feel there is a leading service provider missing, please contact us.
At MoneyWeek, we’ve been tipping gold since 2001. In that time it went from $250 to $1,900 an ounce in 2011 (a 660% increase), hitting record highs each year since 2002.
Successful investing is about the diversification and management of risk. It makes sense to have a part of your wealth invested in gold.