How to Find the Best Gold Stocks

Buying gold stocks is an easier way for investors to gain exposure to the precious metal, but not all are created equal. Here's how you find the best ones.

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Believe it or not, if you'd like to invest in gold, your best play might not be gold itself, but something a little more indirect: Gold stocks.

While owning the physical metal is the purest way of investing in gold, it's also the most cumbersome. You have to find somewhere to buy it (though, hey, you can get it at Costco), get it shipped, determine a secure way to actually store the gold, insure it, and then, when you're ready to sell, find a buyer and figure out how to deliver it.

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Kyle Woodley

Kyle Woodley is the Editor-in-Chief of WealthUp, a site dedicated to improving the personal finances and financial literacy of people of all ages. He also writes the weekly The Weekend Tea newsletter, which covers both news and analysis about spending, saving, investing, the economy and more.

Kyle was previously the Senior Investing Editor for, and the Managing Editor for before that. His work has appeared in several outlets, including Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, Barchart, The Globe & Mail and the Nasdaq. He also has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, among other shows and podcasts, and he has been quoted in several outlets, including MarketWatch, Vice and Univision. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism. 

You can check out his thoughts on the markets (and more) at @KyleWoodley.