How Do I Add Physical Gold to My IRA?

Gold IRAs provide tax benefits similar to traditional retirement accounts, yet require specific fineness standards and compliance with IRS regulations. Furthermore, these accounts have higher fees associated with them including one-time account setup and annual maintenance fees as well as storage (segregated or allocated), shipping, insurance, and cash out fees when withdrawing your gold.

There are also options other than physical gold for those who prefer the convenience and control that come with self-directed IRAs, including gold mutual funds, ETFs and stocks of gold mining companies.

IRA-Approved Gold

Physical gold in your retirement account provides a way to diversify your portfolio. Unfortunately, however, storage and insurance for precious metals can be costly; fortunately, many gold IRA companies will buy back your gold once you reach age of taking required minimum distributions.

To establish a physical gold IRA, first identify an investment custodian who accepts self-directed IRA investments – such as a bank, trust company or any other IRS-approved entity – before contacting them and filling out their necessary paperwork.

Once your custodian is set up, the next step should be finding a dealer to sell to your IRA. Be sure to find one who offers fair prices for the precious metals you plan on investing in and conduct due diligence to avoid scams and extra fees from untrustworthy dealers. Bear in mind that all pretax dollars invested through an IRA must pay taxes upon distribution.

Self-Directed IRA

Gold IRA investments can provide an effective means of diversifying your retirement portfolio. But before investing, it is crucial that you understand the risks associated with physical metals like gold. Prices of physical metals like this one can fluctuate quickly; additionally, keeping physical gold stored within an IRA account may prove costly.

Self-directed IRAs allow investors to invest in alternative assets like physical precious metals. Custodians administering self-directed IRAs provide various investment options. Companies work with dealers who purchase precious metals eligible for investment into these accounts before storing it with an external depository.

Physical gold bullion and coins should also be taken into account, since their liquidity may make selling them more challenging than with other assets in an IRA. Furthermore, gold does not pay dividends and therefore won’t benefit from tax-advantaged growth like more traditional IRA investments would. Therefore, before investing in physical gold as part of your IRA investment portfolio it would be prudent to consult a fee-only financial planner first.


Select a gold IRA company with an excellent industry reputation, positive customer reviews and transparent fee structures. They should offer various investment options and storage facilities with excellent customer support services.

Most custodians charge annual account maintenance, storage and insurance fees which should be clearly detailed on their websites. Furthermore, segregated or allocated storage allows you to quickly gain access to your precious metals while remaining safe.

Alternative structures, like an LLC, may be costly and complex to establish; furthermore, the IRS doesn’t recognize it as legitimate IRA assets and you may incur taxes upon withdrawing. A better choice would be a self-directed IRA account which allows for investing in both traditional assets as well as physical precious metals.


Gold investment can be an effective way to ward off inflation, diversify your retirement portfolio, and ultimately grow wealth over time. But before making your purchase, make sure it meets IRS standards and works with a company who has all necessary licenses, certifications, insurance and bonds in place.

Physical bullion doesn’t generate income like stocks, mutual funds, ETFs or other investments do and is subject to taxation upon withdrawal. A self-directed IRA provides greater control over both investment and storage of physical bullion investments; most companies that offer such accounts utilize trusted depositories such as Brink’s Global Service or Delaware Depository as storage services and also facilitate payments between dealers and the account holder; they can even offer advice as to which types of gold to buy and where you should store it.

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.

Categorised in: