Can I Buy Gold With a Self Directed IRA?
Self-directed IRAs allow investors to invest in assets approved by the IRS, such as precious metals stored safely at depository facilities.
Before opening a precious metals IRA, there are certain points to keep in mind, including market volatility, liquidity issues and higher fees.
Investing in Gold
Self-directed IRAs offer an ideal way of investing in gold through an IRA, as they allow their holders to select their investments independently. These accounts can be set up using cash or by rolling over an existing retirement account.
IRAs may only invest in precious metals that meet IRS standards, such as bullion or government-issued coins. Collectibles like jewelry and artwork are not eligible investments within an IRA.
Working with a custodian that specializes in self-directed IRAs and physical metals is crucial, as they will understand all of the rules surrounding precious metal ownership in an IRA. A reliable custodian should have an established track record and should be subject to oversight from state or federal banking authorities to ensure safety and soundness. Certain IRA companies offer an LLC IRA structure as a means of bypassing some fees levied by custodians; however, according to IRS rules precious metals must remain under custodial care at all times to avoid running afoul of regulations related to prohibited transactions and investments.
Buying Physical Gold
As inflation soars and an impending recession is on the horizon, many Americans are reevaluating their financial priorities and considering adding precious metals as part of their retirement portfolios.
Self-directed IRAs (Gold IRAs) provide investors with an individual retirement account that allows for direct investing in precious metals and alternative assets such as real estate. Traditional IRAs, 401(k)s and SEP IRAs typically only allow indirect access through paper investments such as ETFs and mutual funds with eligibility to IRAs.
Physical gold investments provide unparalleled control and peace of mind, but to make the most out of this investment option it’s vital that you select a company with all of the required credentials – this should include an IRS-approved facility for holding precious metals.
Madison Trust partners directly with FideliTrade and Delaware Depository on all gold IRA transactions to ensure our customers get fair pricing while having peace of mind that their precious metals are stored safely in an IRS-approved depository.
Investing in Silver
Add precious metals to your retirement portfolio as a means of diversification and protecting it against inflation. Unlike stocks which depend on earnings reports and stock prices for value, precious metals have intrinsic worth that stands on its own.
Physical metals must be purchased through a company offering self-directed IRA accounts, such as The Entrust Group, Goldstar Trust Company or Equity Institutional (formerly Sterling Trust). You cannot buy physical metals directly from dealers or store them at home as the IRS classifies these collectibles as assets.
Most companies charge fees to open and manage accounts, store physical assets, insure them and handle transactions. You can find more about these costs by visiting or calling their website or by inquiring directly. Most gold IRA providers do not list all their fees online but you can request information to help determine whether a gold IRA would suit you best.
Investing in Platinum
Many investors choose to diversify their portfolios with precious metals such as platinum, which have low correlation with stocks and can help protect against inflation. But how should investors go about diversifying?
Self-directed IRAs offer an efficient method for purchasing physical metal, starting with opening an account, funding it with contributions or rollovers, then selecting a dealer to purchase bullion from and store it securely in an external third party vault. When selecting your dealer it is essential that you consider their reputation online, affiliation with rare metal trade groups or industry organizations, complaints filed against them as well as lawsuits filed against them before making your selection.
Investors can also purchase precious metals through Exchange Traded Funds (ETF), but ETFs typically track the price of specific assets rather than owning physical bars or rounds themselves. When investing in precious metals this way, ensure it satisfies IRS criteria for permissible assets within an IRA retirement account, such as purity and fineness requirements.