IRA-401K

The governments of the world are committed to devaluing the world’s currencies. Former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan said in October 2014, “The Fed’s balance sheet is a pile of tinder, but it hasn’t been lit … inflation will eventually have to rise.” Greenspan also said in February 2015 that U.S. stocks are “without a doubt extremely overvalued.” In 2013 the Governmant Accounting Office said the U.S. “is on an unsustainable fiscal path.” In 2010 former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke said U.S. debt levels were “unsustainable,” and our national debt has increased dramatically since then. Portfolio diversification is important now more than ever, and precious metals have been a time-tested way to store wealth for thousands of years.

Under these conditions it makes sense to diversify a portion of your portfolio into precious metals. Precious metals have become a popular alternative for assets held in IRA, 401(k), 403(b), and Pension Plans. Transferring funds into a precious metals IRA is a government approved, tax-free and penalty-free transfer. Call our offices today to make the transfer and insure your portfolio.

Investing in gold should not be done for the purpose of seeing returns so much as to protect your overall portfolio. While “traditional” investments can be left to make their traditional gains, investing 15-30% of your IRA in precious metals serves to help insure your portfolio against a drop in the value of the dollar.

As the joke goes, when the economist was asked how he was doing he responded, “compared to what?” When considering how our investments are performing it is important to look at the entire picture. The number of dollars in your account may be rising, but their overall purchasing power may be decreasing. Are your investments keeping up with the rising costs of commodity prices such as medical, food, and education costs?

How To Get Started

Client Steps:

  1. Establish a new Precious Metals Self Directed IRA Custodian
  2. Fund your IRA or transfer assets (rollover) from an existing IRA or 401K
  3. Call the RPMEX and place your precious metals order. Toll free: (800) 257-3253
  4. Receive order invoice from the RPMEX
  5. Sign your invoice and fax it to Custodian

Self Directed IRA Services, Inc. and RPMEX Steps:

  1. Custodian pays the RPMEX and sends shipping instructions
  2. The RPMEX then ships your precious metals to the insured depository
  3. The depository then verifies and stores client’s precious metals

Documents From Our Custodian

Self-Directed IRA Application – For Precious Metals Accounts

Link to New Account Application Online

F.A.Q.s

Can I “transfer” my existing IRA into precious metals?
Yes, as long as the asset is transferred directly from one IRA custodian to another. After completing the direct transfer, you simply begin receiving statements from your new precious metals IRA custodian. This process typically takes 2 – 4 weeks to complete.

Can I “rollover” my IRA into precious metals?
The term “rollover” typically applies when an employee has separated from his or her employment. The employee is then eligible to roll his or her assets out of the IRA or 401(k) into a precious metals IRA. This process typically takes 7 – 14 days to complete.

Can I add to my IRA when I transfer it?
An individual may make an eligible IRA contribution within the federal guidelines established by the Internal Revenue Service. See IRS Publication 590.

Can I start a new IRA?
Yes. The most powerful benefit of an IRA account is that it allows investments to grow on a tax-deferred basis in a traditional IRA or a tax-free basis in a Roth IRA. By utilizing these tax advantages, an investor is capable of seeing growth beyond that of similar investments made outside an IRA.

Anyone who is under age 70.5 and has earned income is eligible for a Traditional IRA.

For a Roth IRA, an individual may contribute up to 100% of compensation or $5,000, whichever is less. In addition, individuals that attain age 50 by December 31 2010 may make a catch-up contribution of $1,000. Keep in mind that contributions made to both a Roth IRA and traditional IRA may not exceed the annual maximum limit.

Any employer or self-employed individual may establish a SEP IRA. An employee is eligible if the employee has reached age 21, worked for the employer for at least 3 of the last 5 years, and has at least $550 in compensation from the employer. Contributions of up to 25% of each employee’s compensation, or $49,000, may be made into a SEP IRA. The maximum compensation that may be considered for 2010 is $245,000.

How are my precious metals stored?
Your precious metals are held by a depository regulated by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor. The depository is covered by insurance for errors and omissions and for a financial institution fidelity bond.

What costs are associated with a precious metals IRA?
Self-directed precious metal accounts have a set up of fee of $50 and flat annual fees of $75 for the IRA and $125 for storage. There are no transaction fees for purchases, sales or exchanges of precious metals.

What types of metals products are eligible to be held in an IRA?
Gold:

American Eagle

Pamp/Credit Suisse Bars

.999 Fine Canadian Maple Leaf

Austrian Philharmonics

Australian Nugget/Kangaroo

U.S. Buffalo Uncirculated version

Gold Bars-.995+Fine that are accredited by Comex/Nymex

 

Silver:

American Eagle

Austrian Philharmonic

Australian Kookaburra

Canadian Maple Leaf

Silver Bars-.999+ Fine that are accredited by Comex/Nymex

 

Platinum:

American Eagle

Australian Koala

Canadian Maple Leaf

Isle of Man Noble Coins

Platinum Bars-.9995+Fine that are accredited by Comex/Nymex

 

Palladium:

Bars that are .9995+ Fine that are accredited by Comex/Nymex

What types of metals products are not eligible to be held in an IRA?
Rare or Collectible Coins

Austrian 100, 20 and 10 Corona

Hungarian 100 Korona

Belgian 20 Franc

Italian 20 Lira

British Britannia

Mexican 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 1/2, and 2 Peso

Chilean 100 Peso

Columbian 5 Peso British Sovereign

South African Krugerrand

Dutch 10 Guilder

Swiss 20 Franc

French 20 Franc

Can I put precious metals I already own into my precious metals IRA?
No. Metals must be purchased through a wire transfer or transfer of an existing IRA to the depository.

What happens when my IRA matures?
You can either take physical delivery of the precious metals or liquidate the assets through RPMEX for cash.