How to choose a gold depository to store your gold?

The IRS requires that all physical metals invested with an IRA of Precious Metals be safely deposited for safe storage in an authorized metal depository or vault. The IRS does not authorize you to take physical possession of metals owned by your IRA until you obtain a distribution.

Companies running precious metal storage vaults have seen a rise in business from current clients, as well as new buyers, over the past few years. The operators of these depositories are opening new facilities across North America and Europe and are expanding as their spaces fill up with ongoing demand.

It is very critical to be able to select your own dealer and depository of precious metals. Your choices are limited by certain self-directed IRA administrators. To ensure that they fulfill your investment needs, do your due diligence on any dealer, depository, and self-directed IRA administrator you are considering.

Most IRA account owners have the option to select not only the dealer of precious metals and the type of metals they want to invest in, but also the storage facility where they can protect their metals. More recently, through their IRAs, investors buying precious metals have also had the option to store the metals both domestically and offshore.

What type of depositories available for me?

In the gold depositories, there are two ways in which metals can be stored: allocated or unallocated. In designated accounts, several depositories store and keep the metals, indicating that the actual precious metals that have been shipped are stored in a different location, equivalent to a safety deposit box. The very same precious metal that was initially deposited would be transported out of the factory at the point of delivery.

Unallocated storage is also an option where the metals are mixed along with other metals depending on the coin size/weight and refinery, as well as the year of minting. The metal would be the same size/weight, refinery, or same-year coins at the point of sale, but not exactly the same metal you bought.

Fees differ by depository, and to compare, it is important to do your due diligence. Investors should note from a budget standpoint that the annual depository fees need to be charged from the Self-Directed IRA funds. It is not necessary to directly pay these charges.

If you select your dealer and depository of precious metals, the next move is to choose your precious metal investment.

In the name of your IRA, most companies (or your present administrator/custodian) will then give the funds to the dealer to buy the metals, along with the depository shipping instructions. Your dealer would then ship the precious metals for safekeeping to the depository. The value of your Precious Metals IRA account is frequently updated, and if you are an IRA customer, you can access this data online at any time.

The practice is very similar if you want to sell your precious metals. You find a dealer to buy your precious metal(s), help your IRA account administrator and order your shipment to that dealer from the depository. The benefits are then returned to your Precious Metal IRA.

Have you thought about your depository of precious metal? Many investors don’t think about this twice, but it can make a huge difference in your investments’ overall affordability, management, and security.

The IRS will not allow you to keep your gold yourself if you open an IRA of precious metals. Currently, it’s called a taxable distribution if you strike your gold. You’ll have to store your gold in a third party depository to stop this. The right and ability to select a depository is open to you. It’s important to know what to expect from these organizations before you do, though.

In your decision on which depository to use, a number of factors should play a role. Bear in mind, your dealer would send the precious metal directly to the depository as an IRA custodian, rather than sending it first to you.


There is a single objective for depositors: keep your money and assets secure. When funds go into this account, until you want to make a change, they are supposed to remain there. There are various types of depositories. A segregated account is probably the most stable choice for today’s IRA investor, which ensures that your particular bars of gold are kept away from others.

You get the very same bars you initially deposited when you go to remove your gold. Rather than separating them, unsegregated storage keeps the same age and form of precious metal together.

The amount of insurance the place carries is also relevant to remember. As it gives you the trust that your investments are secure, this should be as high as possible. The rest will charge you an annual storage fee depending on the value of the gold that you hold there. This does not necessarily account for charges associated with transferring gold.