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For a client who wants to buy-and-hold precious metals as an inflation-hedge over the next five to 10 years, what’s the most cost-effective way? The roundtrip cost of trading gold bullion bars, including transportation and storage, is estimated at about 0.5 percent per year over 10 years. This is approximately equal to the expense ratios of the leading precious metals ETFs for gold (GLD, 0.40 percent) and silver (SLV, 0.05 percent).

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