Gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs) allow an investor the opportunity to trade gold with the same ease as buying a stock.
GLD, the first gold ETF, was launched in 2004 by State Street Global Advisors.
In 2005 iShares introduced the COMEX Gold Trust (IAU)
Leveraged Gold ETFs
Powershares DB Gold Double Long ETN (DGP) tracks an index of gold futures and is designed to return twice the change in the index.
ProShares Ultra Gold (UGL) also moves two times the daily price change of gold bullion.
Inverse and Leveraged Inverse Gold ETNs
Deutsche Bank Gold Short ETN (DGZ)
Deutsche Bank Gold Double Short ETN (DZZ)