Why buy Gold ETF when you can buy Gold ETRs (Electronic Traded Receipts)? For those that don't know the Royal Canadian Mint released ETRs a few years ago. They are basically traded like your traditional SPDR GLD ETF except with ETRs it's backed by gold and if you have a large enough holding you can actually request the physical. Additionally, the management fee is much lower. It's still relatively new so it's not as liquid but if you are looking to hold for long-term it seems to be an easy better choice. Lower fees and safer than GLD.