What Is Segregated Precious Metals Storage?

What is segregated storage

Precious metals are highly valued assets for many investors and must be protected at all times. Segregated storage provides a tailored system that helps ensure both security and accountability with regard to client assets.

This may involve investing in high-quality facilities with advanced surveillance systems, stringent entry protocols and comprehensive insurance coverage – though any extra expenses may come at an added cost, they often offer peace of mind.

Precious Metals Storage

Storage of precious metals is one of the key services offered by depository facilities, especially to customers purchasing large amounts of bullion. They may not have enough storage capacity at home or on their property to safely secure this precious metals asset; thus a third-party facility designed specifically to store them offers an ideal solution.

Depositories typically provide two primary storage solutions for customer bullion: segregated and non-segregated. Segregated storage allows each customer’s bullion to remain separate from all the assets at the depository – this option costs more, but offers superior security, accountability, and integrity compared with pooled storage solutions.

Depository storage offers several advantages over safe-deposit boxes at banks, which must report their contents to FinCEN and are vulnerable to private creditors. Money Metals’ secure segregated storage solutions protect investors and guarantee the same metal is returned back as was delivered.


Segregated storage differs from commingled in that each investor’s bullion bars or coins are held separately within individual compartments or containers, enabling their owner to easily inspect or withdraw his/her assets as desired. This process is particularly essential when confirming precious metals for their purity (1), weight and identity of every piece. At an additional cost, segregated storage offers investors greater peace of mind that their metals they withdraw match exactly those delivered. To achieve this goal, the process involves surveillance systems, strict entry protocols and insurance coverage. (2)

International Depository Services Group offers both segregated and commingled storage options, and our representatives can provide more details regarding pricing and fees. Contact us for more information!


Traceability refers to the ability to track an item throughout its production and distribution chain, from acquisition of raw materials through manufacturing, processing and storage through transport and consumption.

Tracing is a critical element of many quality assurance programs across industries and can assist them in meeting compliance regulations. Tracing allows companies to quickly locate and rectify issues quickly, thus helping prevent costly recalls while building customer trust and increasing satisfaction levels.

Upstream traceability is essential for food, automobile and aerospace manufacturers as it allows them to track products from factory floor to consumer and keep an audit trail that ensures compliance with regulatory standards.

Tracing refers to the ability to link tests directly with specific requirements and independently validate that they comply. This helps increase productivity among specialists while simultaneously increasing software quality overall. In addition, testing traceability offers teams a single source of truth and absolute transparency across tools; making collaboration more efficient overall.


When considering storage options, be sure to review each facility’s surveillance systems, entry protocols and insurance coverage. Depositories typically charge annual fees for both combined and segregated storage options.

Logical data segregation is another essential component of secure storage on shared systems, particularly where files must be physically separated before being stored. Instead of physically segregating and storing on different systems, segregating data logically via access controls that govern which individuals can view which sets of information is known as attribute-based security.

Logical data segregation allows more flexibility when it comes to organizing data, while simultaneously being less susceptible to unintended unauthorized access. Discover more about implementing this security measure using NextLabs products by visiting our technology pages.

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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