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Anyone invested in water related invesments or gold?

1) Is water related investments a good decision? Anyone know of good funds etc to invest in?

2) Is this a good time to buy gold? Whats the best way of investing in gold or oil?


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I'm not going to venture to give investment advice (don't have enough experience of it yet), but I've invested in both of these sectors using Exchange Traded Funds. They can be bought and sold as shares on the London Stock Exchange. You can even put them in an ISA to make sure they're capital gains tax free:


iShares S&P Global Water (IH2O) - this invests in the S&P Global Water index, an index of the top 30 listed water-related companies.

Advantages: wide geographical spread, blue-chip companies, steady income even in downturn

Disadvantages: equities are quite high at present so may be due for a fall, might miss out on 'takeover' premiums as the companies are all so large


ETF Securities physical precious metals basket (PHPM) - this invests in gold, silver, palladium and platinum. EFT securities also have a gold-only fund (PHAU).

Advantages: low management fee of 0.39% PA, don't have to store the gold yourself, easier to buy and sell than coins

Disadvantages: gold is very volatile, if you really think the global financial system is going to collapse you might want to buy physical gold coins etc for yourself

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I've got a bit in United Utilities. They operate the electricity, water and waste water networks in North West England.

Share price has gone berserk today on news they'll be selling off their electricity business (and presumably returning a large wadge as a dividend) and concentrating on water instead.

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