Posts Tagged ‘gold ira’

Four Questions and Answers: Precious Metals IRA

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Investing in a precious metals IRA can seem quite opaque at times. Moreso than investing in an asset more common like real estate, simply because it’s quite a rare investment type. Understanding how a precious metals IRA works, the rules, and what to avoid is essential for every successful investor.

Can I buy and store the metal myself?

Unfortunately no. In order for the IRA to be qualified by the IRS, it must be held by the custodian. The custodian will have a handful of metal dealers that they work with, that store the metals accordingly, have low storage fees, and are full IRS compliant.

What metals are allowed?

Within gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, there are several types of metals that are allowed. Popular bars or proof coins include American Eagle, Australian Kangaroo or Nugget, Austrian Philharmonic, Canadian Maple Leaf, Credit Suisse – Pamp Suisse Bars 0.999 fineness, U.S. Buffalo Gold Uncirculated coins with no proof, plus more. These selections change depending on the metal type you choose.

What fees am I likely to incur?

Accuplan Benefits Services strives to help our customers keep as much of their retirement funds as possible, so we keep our fees appropriately low. See the graphs below for more information on our fee structure for precious metals IRAs.


How does adding precious metals to my IRA benefit me?

There are a handful of reasons that precious metals are beneficial in a retirement account. To highlight a few, diversification, liquidity, preservation of wealth, and hedging against inflation. Precious metals have a value that is tangible, that you can touch and hold, so in that regard, it offers peace of mind in that you can see your investment. Unlike paper assets like stocks and bonds, gold traditionally performs well even when the economy is trending downward. It holds its value despite threats of inflation, rising national debt, and market instability or crashes.


What Alternative Investment Asset Types are for you?

Monday, September 4th, 2017

When most people think of investing, they might think of the stock market. Some people may even think of stocks AND bonds. All in all, most think of something that’s inaccessible to them, and that only the professionals can dabble in.

Owning an alternative investment can be a way to diversify a portfolio because they are non-correlated assets to most other assets. These types of assets are also commonly invested using a self-directed IRA. Let’s go over a handful of our favorites.

Real estate

The range of types of real estate you can invest in is wide. Most will automatically think of either single family homes or commercial real estate, but it goes beyond that. To name a couple, raw land, apartment complexes, farmland, storefronts, storage units, and many, many more.

Private placements

Simply put, a private placement is an offering of a company’s securities that is not registered with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), and is not offered publicly for purchase. Only a few select individuals are offered private placements, so they’re difficult to find in that regard.

Precious metals

The reason that gold, silver, platinum, and palladium are considered precious metals is because they’re rare. Their value is intrinsically tied to their rarity, and in turn, is tied to how they’re priced.  Investors hold precious metals as an alternative investment and to, ideally, hedge against inflation and financial turmoil.

How a Gold IRA Improves your Retirement Account

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Not a whole lot of people know you can invest in gold, nonetheless, invest in gold with a gold IRA. But you can and for some retirement savers, it’s the answer they’ve been waiting for. If you’re the type that likes to invest in commodities or hard assets, then a gold IRA might have what you’re looking for. Here are a few examples of how a precious metal IRA benefits everyday savers like you and me.

Hedging against U.S. dollar

A lot of investors, in times of economic instability, turn to commodities as an investment. The reason for this is that generally, hard assets like gold, oil and natural gas retain their value when the dollar does not.
Usually, gold’s price per ounce rises during inflationary periods, or as consumer prices go up. So as the cost of day-to-day living increase, so in turn does gold’s value. This is how you help protect your purchasing power.

Portfolio diversification

Precious metals historically have a weak correlation to price movements in the financial markets. Especially the stock market, which give you the advantage of avoiding market volatility. Best advice is to get your retirement account solely out of the stock market, with a gold IRA. To place your bets on only one investment type can be dangerous. With foresight and a trusted investment advisor, you can carefully diversify and avoid a potential crisis.


One of the biggest reasons that investors choose gold and other precious metals is stability. Precious metals get a reputation for being a “doomsday” investment, the type of investments that you make if you’re uncertain of the economic future. There’s a great reason for this. Number one would be that gold has been around for as long as anything else on earth, and it’s still used in our everyday life. Number two might be that there’s a finite amount available, thus making it valuable, just by its existence.


A Great Time For A Gold IRA

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Gold IRAs

With the use of a self directed IRA you are able to diversify your retirement portfolio. There are so many different investments opportunities that you can do through a self directed IRA. Really the only thing that holds you back from investing within a self directed IRA besides some of the rules is your imagination. There are however certain investments that are much more popular than others.

A few of the most popular types of investments in self directed IRA are real estate and gold. The traditional investments in IRAs and 401ks are stocks and bonds. What happens when the stocks and bonds you invested in value goes down to $0? Your investment is worth nothing and you have nothing to show for it but a paper asset.

So what are the benefits to having gold or real estate in your self directed IRA? You are actually owning or investing in a real tangible item. If you invest in gold with your self directed IRA you actually own gold. If the value of gold goes to $0 you still own the gold. If the value of the real estate you invested in goes to $0 you still own that real estate. That is one of the big reasons people invest with a self directed IRA. They don't like stocks and bonds and want something that they feel more comfortable investing in. Typically, gold and real estate is also a safer investment than stocks.

Now is a solid time to invest in gold or other precious metals with your IRA. When investing in gold with your IRA it is typically referred to as a gold IRA or a gold backed IRA. This is a very solid time to buy gold, silver and other approved metals. Gold is lower than the SMA for the past 14 and past 200 days and at the lowest price it has been in the last month. All while silver is lower than the SMA for the past 14 and 200 days as well. If you are looking for some more long term reasons as to why a gold ira is a great addition to your retirement account then please check out our article, Gold IRA Investing.

Another great thing about self directed accounts is that you have control them. You get to decide your investments and you have control of your account. No more worrying about what your account is invested in because you become the investor. Taking control of your retirement can be a great way to improve your retirement.

At Accuplan Benefits Serivces we can help you get started with a self directed IRA and invest in the things you want like a gold IRA. Contact us for more information on how investing in a self directed IRA and gold IRA can be beneficial to you. If you are ready to set up an account and want to start investing within a self directed IRA then set up a self directed IRA account now.


Benefits of a Gold-Backed IRA

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Gold Backed IRA

Investing in physical gold and silver inside of a Self Directed IRA is a great way to diversify your retirement portfolio.  Most IRA brokerage companies allow you to invest in ETF (paper that says you own gold) but few IRA custodians allow you to invest in the physical metals.  Many people have concerns about ETF’s. Does the ETF actually have the metals stored that they are selling through their ETF? It is a valid concern and points to why many people choose a gold-backed IRA.

I found an interesting video by Glenn Beck in which he talks about his concerns that the US government has been tampering with metals it is storing for other various countries. While this video is interesting I cannot speak to the validity of his claims. When choosing to have a gold backed IRA through Accuplan Benefits Services you can be assured that when you buy physical gold and silver through your gold IRA all of the metals are physical bought and stored on your behalf at a vault at Brinks. It is also verified and insured by Brinks.

Below are some of the benefits of a gold-backed IRA (owning gold and silver in your IRA):

  • Gold and silver have tremendous upside pricing potential, due to inflation risks, with little downside risk.
  • Gold and silver are both an inflation and a deflation hedge.
  • Gold and silver are highly liquid, it can be either exchanged directly for other property or cashed in easily.
  • Gold and silver are universally recognized as money everywhere in the world, there are no exchange rate issues.
  • Physical gold and silver holdings are not subject to IRS reporting or taxes (with some exceptions in an IRA).
  • Gold and silver is a great way to diversify in a balanced investment portfolio.
  • Gold is highly portable – $100,000 of gold coins weighs only 6.25 pounds (at $1,000 per ounce).
  • Gold is easy to store.
  • Gold and silver, unlike paper money, cannot be devalued by government action and any government intervention in gold markets would soon lose its effect.
  • Gold and silver held in a private or secret stash is highly secure and protected from government.

Feel free to call, email or chat below if you are interested in learning more about gold-backed IRA and silver backed IRA.

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