Investing in and trading physical precious metal bullion is considered a great tool for retirement portfolio diversification, a means of long-term store of wealth, and a hedge against inflation. So what prevents every single investor and trader from buying physical gold and silver? For many people, the challenge and cost of precious metals storage presents an obstacle to ownership that is difficult to overcome.
Questions surrounding the secure storage and management of physical gold and silver bullion are common, such as:
“ Where can I store bullion securely?”
“ What is the most cost-effective way to store physical gold and silver?”
“ How do I store precious metals at home or in a vault?”
As its name implies, private bullion storage is that which keeps each investor’s holdings separate or divided from all other client holdings. Also known as “segregated” vaulting, the main benefit of this storage method is security. Private vaults are often insured and audited to ensure that the physical metal is actually present in the vault. The downside to segregated vaulting is cost, with most facilities charging expensive management fees that detract from the net value of your investment.
Another storage option is depositing your bullion into a bank vault. Most banks offer safety deposit boxes where members can pay to store high value items such as gold and silver bars, coins, jewelry, etc. An advantage of bank vault storage is that it typically costs less than private vaulting – as low as $50 per year in some cases. However, the lack of access to your investment outside of bank hours and distrust in banking institutions leaves a bad taste in some investors’ mouths.
If you want to keep your physical gold and silver close at hand, self-storage may be your preferred way to store bullion. With no annual fees and immediate access, in-home storage seems like the way to go if you don’t consider the upfront expense of buying a personal vault and the obvious risks of storing something so valuable in you and your family’s home. With home burglary on the rise in many places around the country, storing gold and silver at home is not a safe option.
For investors seeking the most secure and cost effective way to store their bullion, allocated vault storage is an attractive option. Like private vault storage, keeping physical gold and silver in an allocated vault means your asset is 100% insured, audited and secure. The difference is that your metal holdings are not segregated from other holdings, which equates to lower storage fees for you. Another benefit of allocated vault storage is that it is kept outside of your home in a secure vault facility and kept under 24-hour guard. Plus, unlike with bank storage, you have 24/7 access to your investments.
Elemetal Vault is the refiner, the mint and the vendor all in one, so we're able to offer the industry's lowest cost of storage and delivery. Our online trading platform allows investors to affordably buy, sell and store fractions of bars online in real-time. The gold and silver you purchase is allocated, audited and stored securely with global leaders in secure vault storage. And with our diverse settlement options (shown below), everyday investors now have the same flexibility, liquidity and control as private investors, fund managers and traders.
Liquidate your gold or silver bullion completely and receive a secure wire transfer of your funds to your bank account.
In order to get started trading and storing physical gold and silver with Elemetal Vault, first you’ll need to create a free trading profile. Once you verify your identity and fund your account, you’re ready to begin. It’s that simple!
Store your precious metals, gold, and silver in a secure bullion vault storage. With Elemetal Vault, we partner with the most trusted secure vault facilities in the world to keep your investment safe. When you purchase gold and silver on the Elemetal Vault bullion exchange, you own the metal, it is yours to hold or sell, even as it's in transit to the vault. Your metal belongs to you until you choose to sell it or settle your account using one of our versatile settlement options.
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