Gold & Silver

‘Gold ETFs to remain attractive as an asset class’

PTI Mumbai | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on March 24, 2013

Despite fall in gold prices, gold ETFs (exchange traded funds) will remain attractive as an asset class in the near future, say industry players.

“Gold ETFs will remain attractive as an asset class. A trend can’t be drawn from the fall in AUMs for one short period,” IDBI Mutual Fund Chief Executive Debashish Mallick told PTI.

After recording net inflows for seven consecutive months, gold ETFs witnessed net outflows in February as investors booked profits to invest in equities and other asset classes.

The net outflows, although a small amount of Rs 8 crore, has happened on the back of falling gold prices, which witnessed a dip of around 2.5 per cent drop in the first three months of 2013.

Mallick also said that though it is difficult to take a call on the price movement of the yellow metal, gold ETFs remain a good source for portfolio diversification for an investor.

Similarly, Reliance MF Chief Executive Sundeep Sikka said gold remains a source of sound return for retail investors. “We see gold as a very attractive return asset class for retail investors,” Sikka said.

Quantum MF also said that this trend of outflow may not continue in the near future.

“Equities have not preformed on the expected lines as projected before. Also, there is only a chance of arbitrage in fixed income category. So, gold ETFs remain as an attractive category despite the recent outflow,” Quantum MF Chief Executive Jimmy A. Patel said.

He further said that the latest data of outflow in gold ETF could not be regarded as a generic trend.

Published on March 24, 2013
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