Halal Gold Investment IdeasGold in undoubtedly one of the best investment options for Muslims. However, there are at least several different ways which can be thought of before investing in gold. Let us discuss each of them so that we know the halal from the haram.
Only option #1 and #2 are permitted, so we will discuss them first.
1. JewelleryProbably the most common and unintentional investment that people have been making since ages. Actually given the attachment of most women to gold, I think this is probably never an investment since it can never be sold. It can at max be converted from one ornament to another.
As an investment this is a very bad option. Jewelers in India adopt several unfair practices in selling jewellery all of which result in you losing out:
- When you're buying there can be some short measure in weight of gold. Most common way is presence of artificial diamonds and stones.
- Jeweler will take making charges which are huge 10-30% of the value. So even if your gold appreciates by 20%, you earn nothing.
- While selling also there will be some short charge and you will be at loss.
- In the name of Hallmark certified jewellery, you will be charged more than normal.
- Ordinarily too you might never get jewellery at market rate.
- You can be deceived as to whether its 22 carat or 20 carat.
2. Pure Gold (coins/ biscuits)Best way for investment purpose. No problems related to rates/ purity/ weight or any other charges. No issues in selling either since buying/ selling is at near market rate. And good thing is it can be purchased quite easily..
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Non-Halal Gold InvestmentsNow these two are the only legal ones. And these are probably the best too...even though hundreds of blogs and articles will say otherwise. Those newspaper articles and blogs are more of an advertisement front for the gold investment companies to earn money.
- Tax deduction: All below schemes will deduct tax on profit earned at rate of 20%.
- All below will cut something like 2% to 5% owing to maintenance fees or administrative charge or something else. Some of it will be recurring.
- They are illegal according to Islamic rules.
Why they are not legal: It is because of one simple aspect that by Islamic law, we have to take the possession of goods once we have paid for it - gold in this case. While the whole point of these things is mostly not keeping physical gold. In most of below schemes there is no such arrangement. And even if the arrangement exists it is either namesake or after a long duration. Hence forbidden.
3. Gold ETF (Exchange Traded Funds)They are a way to invest in gold storing them in electronic form with the ease of the stock market. Means they are financial products which invest entirely in physical gold. Investors having demat account can buy and sell them similar to any other stocks on the exchange. You cannot get physical gold for the stock even though the company is buying it. All major MF players will have one.
4. Gold Mutual FundThere are no pure Gold Mutual Funds in India, we only have the variants as mentioned in points #5 and #6.
5. Gold Saving Fund (Fund of Funds)They are mutual funds that invest almost entirely in Gold ETF. They are worst off then gold ETF due to additional charges for managing it. Only thing is you can invest without demat. All major MF players will have one fund which will be linked to their own ETF.
6. International Commodities Sectoral FundsThey are mutual funds that invest overseas in gold and in shares of gold mining/ trading companies. Mostly they invest in gold related companies rather than in gold.
7. eGolde-Gold was launched from the exchange NSEL Its very much like Gold ETF , where you can invest in Gold in online format. For investing in E-Gold you still need a demat account with one of the companies authorised by NSEL The difference from ETF is that you can also take physical delivery of gold with some terms and conditions. It is no longer available now since it was closed down due to some regulator issues.
8. Gold Futures (Commodities market)This is an entirely betting market where you bet on the future price of a commodity right now. People may argue that futures are for hedging but that is theory...its 100% gambling.
9. Gold Investment/ Deposit SchemesThese are mostly started by jewelers in which you invest some fixed amount every month and after few years take physical delivery of the gold.
Some other financial companies also offer similar schemes.