NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- As evidenced by the May 2010 ETF flow data compiled by the National Stock Exchange, gold continues to be one of the most popular investment themes around. Thanks to exchange traded funds like the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) and PowerShares DB Gold Fund (DGL), this yellow metal has been transformed into an asset class of its own.While popular, not every gold-focused ETF is identical. By understanding the risks that can be associated with physically backed and futures-backed gold ETFs, investors can find the safest routes of access to this popular commodity.
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