An advertisement for the GLD exchange-traded fund claims physical gold requires complex security methods like a perimeter of infra-red lights. The average person can try these methods, such as private vault storage or just burying it in your backyard. The advertisement appeared in a recent issue of Charles Schwab’s customer magazine.
What’s not mentioned is that malicious government authorities can easily confiscate ETF holdings but may not find buried gold bars. Since both methods have drawbacks, many people diversify into various forms of gold, and also keep some outside of their home country.