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Precious Metals IRA FAQ

Investing in precious metals has never been easier. First, you set up your new precious petals IRA by filling out a simple application. It only takes 10 minutes, and you’ll have a dedicated Gold Alliance IRA expert on hand to help you. We’ll then ask that you send the application back to our office either via mail, email, or fax. Once we receive it, we’ll have your account set up and ready to fund within 24 hours. Finally, Gold Alliance will contact your current IRA custodian and organize the tax-free rollover or transfer of your retirement funds to your new IRA account. Once your account is set up, transferring your funds to your new precious metals IRA will take a maximum of five business days, and once the funds have been wired to your new account, you’re ready to invest in precious metals! Then, it’s time to select the precious metals that perfectly fit for your portfolio.
It actually couldn’t be simpler! All we need from you is your basic contact information and the contact information of a beneficiary you want listed on your account. We’ll then wait for you to return your application via fax, mail, or email. We use DocuSign to secure electronic signatures, meaning you don’t have to print anything. If you have a problem at any stage, there’s always a Gold Alliance IRA specialist on hand.
When it comes to assets, we believe you can only trust what you can hold. When opening a precious metals IRA with Gold Alliance, you’ll be the proud owner of physical precious metals in your name and under your complete control. They’ll be securely stored in a state-of-the-art IRS-approved and—most importantly—fully-insured private depository outside of the banking system, which eliminates the risk of bank bankruptcy or bank or government confiscation. This will permit access to your precious metals in the event of a temporary bank closure. The storage certificates and ownership are all yours.
Unless you instruct us otherwise, we ship all metals you own directly to the Delaware Depository Services Company’s vault in Wilmington, DE. This IRS-approved depository handles billions of dollars worth of transactions on a daily basis. Delaware Depository also boasts a fully comprehensive insurance policy underwritten by one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious insurance providers, Lloyds of London. So, you can be sure of unparalleled safety and security of your precious metals.
Everything stored in—or shipped from—the Delaware Depository is 100% insured for its full value. In addition, the full insurance policy underwritten by Lloyds of London protects the value of your assets from all causes of physical loss or damage, including Acts of God, such as fires, floods, earthquakes, etc.

You have two tax-free and penalty-free options: the direct trustee-to-trustee funds transfer or the 60-day rollover.

  1. Through the trustee-to-trustee transfer, your retirement funds move directly from your current IRA provider to your new precious metals IRA provider.
  2. If you go with the 60-day rollover method, you’ll receive a mailed check to your home address from your current IRA account provider. All you have to do is mail that check to your new precious metals IRA custodian to be deposited. Do this within 60 days and you won’t incur any taxes or penalties.

If this process appears complicated (and concerning because it relates to your retirement savings!), don’t worry. With your consent, we’ll assign you a dedicated Gold Alliance IRA team member to assist you in choosing the right IRA custodian for you. And that’s not all. They’ll also fill out all the paperwork and make all the necessary calls, so you can reap all the benefits without any hassles.

As long as you follow the procedures correctly, you won’t pay any taxes or penalties. And by working with one of our dedicated Gold Alliance team members, you can be sure your money will be rolled over efficiently, smoothly and safely with no penalties or tax consequences.
Only qualified retirement accounts can roll over into a precious metals IRA. These include 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) Roth, SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA, pension plans, or Thrift Savings accounts. To find out which eligible accounts you have, and to go through your next steps, contact a member of our team on 888-567-6689.
Your new precious metals IRA will be up and running within one business day. For transfers, the time varies depending on your current IRA custodian. On average, transfers are completed within five business days.
A precious metals IRA costs $160 per year. This payment covers the cost of storage, full insurance, quarterly financial statements, and 24/7 access to view your online account. This works out much better than what you pay for 401(k)s and traditional IRAs where administration fees, individual service fees, and investment fees are often hidden. With their transparent fee schedule, self-directed precious metals IRAs will give you absolute control over your assets without any extra hidden costs.
You can track the performance either online or by receiving quarterly statements through the mail. If you want to track your portfolio’s performance online, the precious metals IRA custodian will provide you with 24/7 access. It’s secure and easy to navigate, making it hassle-free to see how your precious metals are performing.
The process is simple and speedy. Call a Gold Alliance IRA team member to let them know whether you want to receive physical metals shipped to your door or cash. We’ll then arrange for your metals to be either safely shipped from the depository or liquidated into cash for you. You’ll receive the funds in your chosen account or as a mailed check—it’s your choice! And the whole process takes only one day.
Absolutely! We can transfer any annual contributions you’re making to your retirement account to your precious metals IRA on whatever recurring schedule you like. You can then keep them there earning low rates of interest in a cash position, or you can keep investing in more precious metals.
The provider of your current IRA will have you invest only in stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, bonds, and other investment vehicles that can be managed electronically. They do so either because they’re unable to invest in precious metals, or because they want to make life easier for themselves. The option to invest in precious metals is only open to those who’ve opened a self-directed IRA. By opening one of these versatile IRAs through Gold Alliance, you’ll have the option to invest in physical precious metals.
As long as you work with a reputable gold dealer, you don’t need to worry about buying counterfeit products. Gold Alliance stands behind any product it sells. That being said, you can never be too careful with your retirement money. And, sometimes, peace of mind is worth the price. All mints keep a record of coins they produce, so you can track the origin of your coins. Alternatively, we can recommend—or you can look up—a coin expert (a numismatist) who’ll inspect the coins for you, or you can do it yourself by using an acid testing kit. As the owner of your precious metals, you’re free to go directly to the depository that holds your coins whenever you like. The coins belong to you and are under your name.