The introduction of the SPDR Gold Trust ( GLD ) in 2004 forever changed the world of gold investing. The physically-backed ETF cracked the precious metals world wide open, as it now became possible for the average Joe to add gold exposure to their basket of holdings. Since debuting, GLD has amassed nearly $75 billion in total assets and is by far the most popular commodity ETF in the world. But for all of the attention this juggernaut attracts, investors often forget to look for alternative ways to gain the same exposure, especially given the controversy surrounding this product [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter ]. See the full story here → Related Posts: Investing In Gold: The Definitive Guide Warning: Counterfeit Gold Bars Spotted in U.S. The Ultimate Guide To Gold Investing How to Build a GLD-Free Gold Bug Portfolio What Will a President Romney Mean for Gold?