Can I Hold Precious Metals in My IRA?

Precious metals offer investors looking to diversify their retirement portfolio and protect themselves against inflation and market volatility an option, though they can be more costly than traditional IRA investments.

Owning physical precious metals does not generate tax-deductible income like stocks, bonds or mutual funds; additional storage fees can accumulate over time.


As a rule, the IRS prohibits Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) from investing in precious metals – with an exception made for specific coins and gold, silver, platinum or palladium bullion meeting purity standards – but under certain conditions can hold physical precious metals within an IRA account – but only with special permission – through something known as a self-directed IRA account.

Self-directed IRAs allow for more flexibility in investment choices than traditional IRAs (traditional, Roth, SEP), 401(k), or SEP plans – such as precious metals investments.

When purchasing metals eligible for retirement accounts (IRA), the best method is through a self-directed IRA at a custodian that purchases bullion from reputable dealers and stores it safely in third party vaults. Be wary of precious metal dealers offering innovative schemes where IRA holders create separate LLCs in order to take possession of gold on behalf of their IRA; any such transaction would constitute a taxable distribution and may incur penalties.


Investing in precious metals through your IRA is an attractive option, but it comes with its own set of fees that should be carefully considered before making your decision to do so. Transaction costs, storage expenses and any annual charges can quickly add up so make sure to factor them in when considering this form of investment for your retirement account.

Precious metals can be stored in an Individual Retirement Account through approved depository companies who charge annual storage fees that depend on the volume of bullion being stored. These fees vary based on what amount is in storage.

Gold has long been considered an effective hedge against inflation and can help preserve and even increase purchasing power over time. Still, precious metals should only form part of your retirement portfolio – it’s essential that risk is balanced out with other liquid assets like stocks and mutual funds.


Some IRA providers advertise the option of keeping precious metals stored at home as part of an “IRA Home Storage,” however this practice violates IRS regulations and should be avoided at all costs.

The IRS mandates that precious metals owned by an IRA be secured with an independent custodian or trustee, such as a bank, federally insured credit union, savings and loan association or another approved by them.

Many people believe that storing their metals at home is a safe and sound solution because it gives them easy access to their investments when needed. Unfortunately, home storage can be dangerous due to theft, fire and other risks which could damage or destroy them; secure vaults or third-party depository options have stringent safety standards that provide additional peace of mind when protecting retirement assets.


Precious metals have long been seen as an asset class to protect investors against economic uncertainty. Unfortunately, though, their prices can fluctuate just like stocks and bonds do and thus may not make for effective investments for IRA owners.

Conventional IRAs typically permit investments only in paper assets like cash, stocks and bonds; those looking to invest in physical bullion may want to consider opening a Self-Directed Precious Metals IRA or similar account instead.

Midas Gold Group does not advise this structure as it has never been approved by the IRS and could potentially violate prohibited transaction and distribution rules. While many investors find personal access appealing, Midas Gold Group cautions that such structures may present significant legal and safety risks that should not be ignored by investors.

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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