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A gold IRA or precious metals IRA is an Individual Retirement Account in which physical gold or other approved precious metals are held in custody for the benefit of the IRA account owner. It functions the same as a regular IRA, only instead of holding paper assets, it holds physical bullion coins or bars. Precious metals IRAs are usually self-directed IRAs, a type of IRA where the custodian allows more diverse investments to be held in the account.
The four precious metals allowed to be held in an individual retirement account are gold, silver, platinum and palladium, provided they are in the form of IRS-approved coin or bar products. Since gold is the most commonly purchased of the four, the overarching term "gold IRA" is used most often as industry slang to mean a retirement account containing any combination of precious metals. Other terms such as, "precious metals IRA", "silver IRA", "platinum IRA", or "palladium IRA" are also frequently used.
Investors often use precious metals as a long-term hedge against inflation, to diversify their portfolio. Internal Revenue Code requirements state that the approved precious metals must be stored in a specific manner. Some trustees have their own facilities to hold the physical precious metals, while others use a third party metals depository as a storage facility.

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Why Invest in a Gold IRA?

Many investors believe that gold is necessary part of a diversified investment portfolio. They may understand that investing in physical gold or silver can benefit them financially, in particular when the stock markets or global economies are failing. But they may not know how to invest in gold.

That’s not uncommon to see, since most investors invest for retirement through employer-sponsored retirement plans that only offer the ability to invest in various funds. Or they invest through mainstream brokerages that will offer everything under the sun, as long as it’s securitized. That means stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange-trade funds (ETFs), and asset-backed securities, but no actual physical assets like precious metals, commodities, or real estate.

Because of that, many investors don’t know how easy it can be to invest in gold, and particularly through a gold IRA. Because a gold IRA is a tax-advantaged investment account just like any other IRA, and is subject to the same rules, it allows investors with existing retirement assets to easily invest in gold. There are five primary reasons for investors to invest in gold through a gold IRA:

Financial Stability
Unlike the US dollar, which has lost 98% of its purchasing power since 1971, gold’s purchasing power remains stable over time.
Wealth Appreciation
The stability offered by gold is unmatched. That’s why it formed the basis of so many world currencies for so long. Because annual increases in the gold supply are minuscule when compared to the total supply of above-ground gold, there is no major inflation of the gold supply. Compare that to the fiat paper currencies that exist today, that have lost 95% or more of their purchasing power due to inflation, and you see why so many investors choose to invest in gold.
Tax Advantages
Like any other IRA, a gold IRA offers the ability to accrue gains tax-free. Whether your gold IRA is a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA, it is subject to the same rules and regulations as every other IRA. That means that if you’re rolling over assets from another retirement account into your gold IRA, you don’t have to worry about excessive amounts of new red tape. Your gold IRA will allow you to enjoy the same tax advantages as your existing retirement accounts, while allowing you the benefit of owning physical gold coins or bars.
Diversification strategies are numerous, and ultimately the decisions about allocation are up to individual investors and their risk appetite. But the general principles remain the same. Diversifying your assets with physical gold and silver can protect against inflation, currency risk, default risk, geographic risk, and financial crisis. Gold has seen a 9.02% annualized average since the beginning of the century. It has not only made great gains over the past two decades, but it also continues to act as a great hedge against inflation and financial crises. When financial conditions show signs of deterioration, as they do now, investors flock to gold to protect their assets. With a gold IRA investors can even transfer existing retirement assets from 401(k), IRA, TSP, or similar accounts, allowing them to lock in gains from their stock and bond holdings and protect those gains when markets begin to decline.
Your IRA could outperform both the Dow Jones and S&P 500 based on recent trends.

How to Invest in a Gold IRA, in 3-Easy Steps.

If you understand the benefits that gold offers, you may still have questions about how to go about setting up a gold IRA. Thankfully, the experts at Huntington Alternative Wealth have all the answers to your questions, and can walk you through the entire process. Setting up a gold IRA isn’t much different than setting up any other IRA. It just requires funding and adhering to IRS regulations regarding retirement accounts. And the entire process can be done in just 3 five easy steps.

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Transfer or Roll Over

Our 401(k) and IRA Rollover department will guide you step by step through the tax-free transfer process.

Own Precious Metals

Once your Self Directed IRA account is funded, we will help you buy and store your precious metals


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