Can I Have Gold in My IRA?

Gold has long been considered an attractive physical investment asset by investors. It has demonstrated its durability in times of economic distress and political unrest.

The IRS permits IRA holders to store physical precious metals in their retirement accounts; however, there are several key considerations they should keep in mind.

Why Invest in Gold?

Gold has low correlation with stocks and bonds, making it an excellent diversifier in any portfolio. Furthermore, it may serve as an effective hedge against inflation.

Before investing in physical gold, make sure that the company you use has all of the required licenses, registrations and insurances in place, with transparent pricing that’s competitively priced and excellent customer service – they should all come together.

At retirement age, your IRA will require minimum distributions (RMD). Therefore, it’s crucial that you find an IRA custodian who can store and sell precious metals at the best possible price – fees associated with buying, storing and selling gold are often higher than traditional stock IRAs, while its investment doesn’t generate passive income such as dividends or interest which could reduce returns over time.


Physical gold is an effective way to add diversification and inflation protection into a retirement portfolio, offering potential return in uncertain times. A self-directed IRA (SDIRA) allows you to buy precious metals directly, manage physical holdings directly, as well as pay fees associated with storage, shipping and insuring.

Gold IRA investments grow tax-deferred until you withdraw funds in retirement, although withdrawals before age 59 1/2 could incur income taxes; Roth IRA accounts don’t. Unlike stocks, mutual funds and ETFs that pay dividends, however, gold doesn’t require holding onto your investments for long to generate maximum return and is therefore more suitable as an long-term play than more liquid investments such as mutual funds or ETFs.


Gold IRA accounts can be stored either segregated or commingled storage, though segregated storage is generally preferred because it keeps your assets separate from those held by other investors. Conversely, commingled storage keeps all precious metals belonging to customers under one roof in an equally secured vault.

When purchasing coins and bullion eligible for an IRA investment, certain purity levels must be met; when making your choice, do so carefully. Krugerrands are popular among investors; however, these don’t qualify due to having a fineness level of 99.55 and not being issued by the U.S. government minting system.

Apart from account setup fees and annual custodian fees, additional expenses can quickly add up: selling fees (the markup that dealers charge when selling back to you), storage fees paid to an IRS-approved depository and cash-out costs incurred when closing out your retirement account when withdrawing funds are added on top. This can quickly add up.


Gold’s price tends to remain stable, making it an effective hedge against inflation and an ideal way to diversify retirement portfolios. Many investors also appreciate that unlike stocks and bonds, which may be threatened by political unrest, economic instability or currency devaluation; gold can’t be damaged.

Establishing a physical precious metals-based retirement account begins by opening a self-directed IRA (SDIRA). From there, select a custodian that accepts physical gold and an approved storage depository, before selecting a dealer specializing in gold and other precious metals to carry out purchases and storage transactions.

Gold IRA expenses tend to be more costly than their traditional 401(k)/IRA counterparts due to management and storage fees, but in today’s uncertain economy there may be compelling arguments for incorporating it into your retirement plan to protect savings while taking advantage of attractive tax benefits. It’s wise to discuss your unique financial circumstances with a qualified professional before making an informed decision as to whether a physical gold IRA suits you or not.

Raymond Banks Administrator
Raymond Banks is a published author in the commodity world. He has written extensively about gold and silver investments, and his work has been featured in some of the most respected financial journals in the industry. Raymond\\\'s expertise in the commodities market is highly sought-after, and he regularly delivers presentations on behalf of various investment firms. He is also a regular guest on financial news programmes, where he offers his expert insights into the latest commodity trends.

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