Can I Put Physical Gold in My IRA?

To invest in physical gold, it’s necessary to open a self-directed individual retirement account (SDIRA). A SDIRA gives you complete control over which investments you wish to make within it.

One of the primary drawbacks to investing in physical precious metals is storage costs, which can eat into your investment return. Always compare storage fees charged by different gold IRA companies before making your decision.


Physical gold IRAs can be costly and may require third-party storage facilities. There is also the risk that this investment could be stolen or damaged and it can be difficult to sell physical gold when necessary.

Gold ETFs provide an affordable and easy way to invest in precious metals. Traded throughout the day, they provide diversification and stability while simultaneously lowering risk and making managing your portfolio simpler.

Physical gold has long been considered an investment haven, maintaining its value over the course of history. Investors can purchase it from reliable dealers online or offline; however, selling physical gold may result in capital gains taxed and penalised accordingly – it’s therefore important to carefully consider all costs when making their decision between physical gold or an ETF investment.


At present, IRA owners can only make certain unorthodox investments. According to IRS rules, life insurance and collectibles are prohibited while investing in real estate may constitute prohibited transactions and jeopardize its tax-free status depending on how it’s structured; many traditional custodians such as banks, brokerage houses and mutual funds will not act as trustees for these or similar investments.

SEP IRAs may be an excellent solution for individuals who make their living by freelancing or running small businesses on the side. You could put away up to $66,000 by 2023 with this account type, significantly more than what regular IRAs allow.


Traditional investing involved purchasing gold coins and bullion through a broker and either storing the precious metals at home or paying an annual storage fee to have them held by them. Now investors can experience all of the benefits associated with gold investing through a self-directed IRA account.

These accounts allow investors to invest in IRS-approved gold bullion and precious metals through reliable third-party depository providers like FideliTrade or Delaware Depository. Custodians facilitate transactions while reporting back to the IRS as required and overseeing any physical assets owned.

These accounts often carry both one-time setup fees as well as ongoing costs to cover insurance and storage for physical gold IRAs, on top of any annual custodian fees that would typically be assessed against traditional IRA accounts.


Gold has long been recognized as an effective hedge against inflation, holding onto its purchasing power even as other currencies decline in purchasing power. Furthermore, precious metals offer diversification benefits alongside stocks and bonds investments.

Physical gold does not produce income for investors like traditional IRA assets do, so investors must factor in additional costs related to owning it – including storage fees that could quickly add up over time.

The Internal Revenue Service mandates that IRAs store precious metals at an approved depository to meet security and insurance standards set by them, restricting your ability to directly hold and manage any gold you own. This rule limits your options to do so.

Some IRA companies that specialize in gold have buyback programs to make meeting required minimum distributions (RMD) easier, without needing to find buyers yourself.


As with any investment IRA, physical gold IRAs involve fees. These include storage and vaulting fees as well as custodian and transaction fees that vary by provider; to find the most affordable provider it is wise to compare costs between various providers before selecting one.

Some companies provide both commingled storage (where you own part of a pooled account) and unallocated accounts, which allow direct ownership of specific coins or bars; however, these services pose additional risks: for example if the company housing your gold goes bankrupt then creditors could attempt to seize your assets as payment due.

One major drawback of gold IRAs is their exposure to one asset class; this could increase your risk should gold’s price decline significantly, while you must remember that gold does not generate dividends or interest payments.

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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