Gold, silver, platinum, palladium and coins Any coin issued under the laws of a state. All gold, silver, platinum, or palladium bars of a specified fineness, provided they are physically owned by a bank or an approved trustee other than a bank. Your self-governing IRA is managed by a custodian bank. Custodian managers may be banks, trust companies, or other entities approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Self-managed IRA custodian banks allow investors to invest in alternative assets such as precious metals and real estate. In general, an IRA investment in a metal or coin is considered an acquisition of a collectible. Therefore, the transaction is marked as a taxable distribution by the IRA, followed by a purchase of the metal or coin by the IRA owner (you). In fact, this general rule prohibits IRAs from investing in precious metals or coins made from precious metals.
Every IRA is legally entitled to buy gold and precious metals. However, the majority of major custodian banks, such as Charles Schwab, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan Chase, do not offer physical precious metals as an investment option. Most traditional custodian banks are structured to only hold paper assets and are structured as managed funds. Physical precious metals are a self-directed investment and usually require a custodian bank that offers self-directed IRA investments.
If your custodian bank doesn’t offer precious metals as an investment option, we can help you initiate a rollover or direct transfer to a custodian bank that does. A rollover or direct transfer is a non-taxable event. There is no limit to the number of direct IRA transfers from one IRA custodian bank to another that you can initiate. Starting in 1998, an IRA can invest in certain platinum coins and certain gold, silver, palladium, and platinum bars.
Several companies are promoting gold IRA arrangements based on the checkbook control strategy, in which the IRA does not directly own the metals but owns a limited liability company (LLC) through which the taxpayer buys and stores the metals. If you die, your IRA and its assets will be transferred to your IRA beneficiary or beneficiaries. Precious metals IRAs could be a viable option for some investors concerned about inflation and market volatility. Precious metal IRAs are generally only useful if you have a strong portfolio and want to diversify your investments by setting aside a small amount for physical gold, silver, platinum, or palladium.
Opening a self-directed IRA and investing in precious metals is a bit more complicated than opening a traditional IRA or Roth IRA. Willing trustees can be found via an Internet search and ensure the physical storage of precious metal assets owned by IRAs. A ROTH IRA can own gold and IRA-eligible precious metals just like any other IRA, including a traditional IRA, SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA, Inherited IRA, Rollover IRA, and Spousal IRA. Since they involve buying and storing valuable physical metals, there are a few additional things you need to consider when considering precious metal IRAs.
You can sell the gold or precious metals in your IRA anytime without taxes or penalties, unless you withdraw the money from your IRA. A gold IRA can be a traditional IRA, a ROTH IRA, a SEP IRA, a SIMPLE IRA, or an inherited IRA that manages itself and owns IRA-eligible physical gold coins or gold bars. A gold IRA or precious metal IRA is an individual retirement account that stores physical gold or other approved precious metals for the benefit of the IRA account holder. You can’t currently hold rare or collectible coins, Swiss francs, British government bonds, and German marks in a self-governing IRA.
Once a traditional IRA owner reaches 72 years of age, the annual IRA minimum distributions (RMDs) must also be completed.