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What Is a Gold IRA?


The term gold IRA refers to a specialized individual retirement account (IRA) that allows investors to hold gold as a qualified retirement investment. Investors with gold IRAs can hold physical metals such as bullion or coins, as well as precious metals-related securities within the portfolio.

A gold IRA must be held separately from a traditional retirement account, although rules involving things like contribution limits and distributions remain the same. Investors can open gold IRAs through a broker-dealer or other custodian.


  • A gold IRA is a retirement account that allows its investors to hold gold coins or bullions or other precious metals as investments.
  • You can set up a gold IRA with pretax or after-tax dollars through a special custodian or broker.
  • The IRS permits self-directed IRA holders to purchase gold, silver, platinum, or palladium bars, coins, or other approved physical forms.
  • These accounts generally carry higher fees than ordinary IRAs since they require purchasing and storing the actual metal.
  • Annual contributions are capped by the IRS.

Understanding Gold IRAs


Individual retirement accounts are tax-advantaged accounts that help individuals save for retirement. They come in various forms, including traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, and gold IRAs. As mentioned above, a gold IRA allows investors to stash their money in gold or other precious metals. These accounts must be held separately from normal IRAs.

Gold IRAs are also referred to as precious metals IRAs. They can either be set up with pretax funds or as a Roth IRA, which is bought with post-tax money. Unlike other IRAs, these accounts require purchasing and storing physical gold. As a result, gold IRAs require the use of a custodian—typically a bank or brokerage firm that manages the account.

Traditional IRAs allow investors to hold just stocks, mutual funds, or other traditional investments. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows holders of self-directed IRA accounts to purchase bars and coins minted from gold or other approved precious metals, such as silver, platinum, or palladium.

Gold IRA funds can also be invested in gold-related paper investments, such as:

  • Exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
  • Stock in gold mining companies
  • Precious metals mutual funds
  • Precious metals commodity futures

But keep in mind that these accounts come with higher fees because they require you to purchase and store precious metals.

The term gold IRA is primarily used to describe a self-directed IRA with funds invested in hard metals.

Types of Gold IRAs


Gold IRAs come in different forms, just like traditional investment accounts. Investors can choose from:

  • Traditional Gold IRAs: These are retirement accounts that are funded with pretax dollars. This means that contributions and any earnings grow on a tax-deferred basis. Withdrawals are taxed at retirement.
  • Roth Gold IRAs: Contributions made to a Roth gold IRA are funded with after-tax money, which means there’s no immediate tax advantage. You will pay taxes when it comes time to begin taking distributions at retirement.
  • SEP Gold IRAs: Like traditional SEP IRAs, SEP gold IRAs are available to employees of small businesses or self-employed individuals. You are only taxed on your withdrawals during retirement rather than any contributions you make. The IRS limits contributions for SEP IRAs of any kind. This means individuals can set aside up to 25% of compensation or $61,000 for 2022 ($66,000 for 2023)—whichever is less.

Setting Up a Gold IRA


You can’t set up a gold IRA with traditional custodians like conventional brokers. These companies don’t offer specialty accounts like gold IRAs. If you’re interested in setting up this kind of account, you’ll have to look for a specialty custodian or firm that is able to handle all the documentation and reporting for tax purposes necessary to maintain a gold IRA.

Although the assets may be different from traditional IRAs, the rules are the same. This means you can’t go over your annual contribution limits and you must follow the regulations involving distributions when it comes time to make withdrawals:

  • The IRS set contribution limits at $6,000 for 2022, increasing to $6,500 for 2023. You can contribute an additional $1,000 if you are 50 or older for a total of $7,000 in 2022 and $7,500 in 2023.
  • You can start taking distributions without incurring any penalties from your IRA after you turn 59½. Withdrawals made before that age are subject to an extra tax of 10%.

Storage is a consideration for those who hold gold IRAs. You have to keep your physical gold at an IRS-approved facility, such as a bank or other depository. You can also hold it with an approved third party. This means you can’t store your assets at home. If you do, it counts as a withdrawal and you’ll have to pay taxes.

Gold is generally considered a hedge against inflation and allows investors to diversify their portfolios.

Prudential Metals Group’s Investment Process:

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1 Open An Account

Our account manager will help you fill out an application to get you started. Once you have your account set up, we will link you with a precious metals IRA custodian.

2 Sign Transfer Document

Leave the complexities to us as we facilitate the transfer of funds for you. We collaborate directly with the precious metals custodian to rollover assets from your 401(k) or IRA to your Prudential Metals Group account.

3 Acquire Precious Metals

Your purchased will be securely shipped to a trusted depository for added insurance and protection, or directly to your doorstep within days (conditions apply). Rest assured, our dedicated team will provide you with comprehensive evidence once the entire process is successfully concluded.

Should You Invest in a Gold IRA?


Many investors choose gold as a way to diversify their portfolio, either by investing in a gold IRA or by directly purchasing the metal. While gold can certainly have a place in a well-diversified portfolio, it is important to balance the risks of buying gold compared to other assets.

When saving for retirement, it is important to choose assets that will provide a return over time. Unlike stocks and bonds, gold does not pay any dividend or yield to the owner. The only opportunity for profit comes from the appreciation of the gold price itself. Gold values have historically outpaced inflation and doubled in value every 10 years.

How Do You Buy Gold in an IRA?


There are two ways to invest in gold through an IRA. One way is to set up a self-directed gold IRA, which allows you to buy physical gold and silver with retirement funds. It is also possible to invest in a mutual fund or ETF that invests in precious metals, although this is not the same as owning physical bullion.

 What Is IRA Eligible Gold?


Only certain gold investments are allowed in a gold IRA. Bullion coins are allowed in an IRA, provided that they are legal tender and have a fineness of 99.5% or better. Bullion bars and rounds are also permitted, provided that they have a fineness greater than 99.9%.

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