The Difference Between Segregated and Non-Segregated Gold Storage

Your investment profile and preferred storage type can have an effect on your experience with us. We provide both segregated and non-segregated facilities for gold bullion investments.

With our dedicated storage, you own and can withdraw the exact coins, bars or rounds that you send.

However, your assets will be commingled with other’s in the depository; while this option is more cost-effective and provides a degree of indirect ownership control.


Selecting an ideal storage method for your gold investments is an integral component of successful investing. Your choice can have a direct impact on both their safety and their liquidity and appreciation potential, whether you are holding onto family coins passed down over generations or an extensive bullion collection.

Allocated gold storage provides increased security and allows for the physical possession of specific bars, but can be more expensive due to financial institutions’ policies on keeping individual assets separate and cannot loan or trade them, potentially delaying liquidations or withdrawal.

Investors drawn to communal storage are attracted by its potential savings on storage fees; however, investors must carefully weigh any risks against potential benefits. Lehman Brothers’ collapse revealed that some companies had used customers’ stock holdings as collateral in mega-deals.


Storage options for gold may seem like minor considerations, but in truth they have profound strategic ramifications and can influence both liquidity and appreciation potential.

Fully segregated storage can help clients easily identify their bars and coins, making physical delivery or auditing possible to confirm they are receiving what was originally delivered to the depository.

Mrs. Patel chose communal storage primarily to save on cost; she wasn’t planning on accessing her collection any time soon. Unfortunately, when she needed to liquidate some of it quickly for an emergency situation due to shared spaces and record-keeping requirements, the process proved more complicated than anticipated; segregated storage may have been better suited to her situation from the outset; ultimately your decision between segregated and non-segregated will depend on both budget constraints and comfort/security considerations.


No matter whether you are investing in precious metals or simply holding family heirloom coins, how your bullion is stored will affect its value. Understanding segregated versus commingled storage options to make an informed decision that matches with your goals and investment strategy.

Fully segregated storage is a way of isolating and protecting the metal you purchase, separating it from that of other clients or dealers at the vault or security storage company. Legal title to it transfers back to its investor; thus preventing changes, uses or sales by them.

Gold bars that can easily be removed and taken physical possession of are stored this way; however, this option typically costs more than allocate storage. If cost is an important consideration for you, consider allocate storage instead. Regardless of which storage method you opt for, safeguarding and accessibility remain of utmost importance.

Personal touch

Gold ownership can be an emotionally charged journey, and how you protect your investments matters immensely. From collecting old coins from granddad to building up a substantial bullion stash, when selecting storage methods it’s crucial that segregated or non-segregated methods are considered when choosing where you will store precious metal investments.

Non-segregated storage involves placing your precious metals into a common vault with other investors’ gold. While this method tends to be less costly, when withdrawing your gold you may not get exactly the coin or bar you deposited originally.

Segregated storage can be slightly more costly, but provides greater clarity and ownership over your precious metals. Some may consider segregated storage worth paying the premium; ultimately it all comes down to your goals and comfort level.

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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