Safeguard your Retirement with a Gold Backed IRA
Do you currently have an IRA or 401(K) from a previous employer and want to learn how to put precious metals into your retirement plan? So often we visit the HR department when starting a job, and then years later we move to another job and forget about our 401(K) leaving it with no guidance. Today, more and more Americans are taking advantage of the Gold IRA Rollover. The Gold IRA Rollover is a simple process that allows you to diversify by owning physical Gold within your retirement plan.
What is a Gold IRA?
A Gold IRA account functions in the same exact capacity as your current IRA accounts, only instead of holding paper assets you will now be able to hold physical Gold coins or bars. Many of our clients believe Gold is a long-term hedge against inflation and wish to add it to their retirement portfolio. Your Gold will be kept in an IRS-approved depository until you reach retirement at which time, you can have your metals shipped directly to you, or sold for cash at anytime. Once your Gold IRA is opened, you still receive your statements; however, rather than being invested in mutual funds or stocks, you have physical gold coins and bars that are stored in an IRS sanctioned depository. The Gold IRA Rollover process is IRS-approved and 100% tax-free.
What is a Self-Directed IRA?
Investors own Gold in their IRA through a Self-Directed IRA. A Self-Directed IRA gives you the power to decide exactly what you invest in. Self-Directed IRA’s allow individuals to safely own physical precious metals along with stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate and more in a tax-deferred account. Whether you choose Gold, Silver, Platinum or Palladium, the physical asset is safely stored in a secure IRS-approved depository.
A “Hassle-Free” Gold IRA Rollover
When working with American Bullion, the process of adding gold or other precious metals to your current IRA is a simple and hassle-free transaction. You can choose to transfer your entire IRA account, or a portion of it, into a new Self-Directed Gold IRA. This common practice is known as a “Direct Rollover” or a “Direct Transfer.” It is a tax-free transaction, meaning the IRS allows you to move funds out of one IRA into another IRA, free of tax penalties.
Many individuals also have old 401k accounts, or other types of retirement plans from previous employers such as 403b, 457b, Thrift Savings Plan, annuity or pension plans. These plans can be converted tax-free into a Gold IRA by requesting a rollover. In most instances, one simple phone call will allow the current custodian of your former 401(K) plan to release these funds directly into your new Gold IRA. To learn if your current retirement accounts are eligible, call 1-800-326-9598 to speak with a Gold IRA specialist.
Which accounts can Rollover into a Gold IRA?
The Gold IRA rollover is ideal for clients who currently own a Traditional, Roth, SEP, or Simple IRA account. Other types of accounts that could also be eligible for the Gold IRA Rollover include a 401(K), 403b, 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, Pension Plans, Thrift Savings Plans, TIAA CREF, Non-prototype IRA and Beneficiary IRA.
Why Gold #1: The Stock Market vs. Gold
When it comes to retirement, you want to make sure that that money is there. To better understand this concept, watch this American Bullion commercial. Many of American Bullion’s clients contacted us because they wanted to protect their retirement with precious metals. Clients often believe the stock market is overinflated and have a sentiment that a bubble in the stock market may burst soon, decreasing their portfolio value.
Why Gold #2: Inflation and the Value of Gold
Inflation is a nasty word because it erodes the purchasing power of the U.S. Dollar. It means that the consumer goods that we buy on a day-to-day basis, whether food or gasoline, takes more dollars every year to buy these goods. In the year 1920, a 1 oz Gold coin and a $20 bill were worth the same. At that time, they both would have bought a man a custom tailored suit. However, due to inflation, that 1 oz Gold coin can buy a custom tailored suit but the $20 bill cannot.
Many investors are waking up to the fact that over time the dollar has consistently lost purchasing power due to the government’s quantitative easing programs. Think of gold as a long-term growth vehicle. Investors turn to Gold because they plan on holding it to keep pace with inflation.
Why Gold #3: The National Debt and Gold Values
When you combine inflation with what’s on the horizon with Social Security and Medicare needing further bailouts. It all adds up to one thing, the national debt is expected to keep growing. At the current levels, many believe the national debt becomes unstable and unmanageable, which may result in panic setting into the market. This creates market uncertainty. Physical assets like Gold have often been viewed as independent of market cycles and a hedge against market uncertainty.
Because of the continued money printing that’s happening in this country, many believe the devaluation of the U.S. dollar and inflation are going to cripple retirement plans. Learn how to safeguard your retirement for the future. Our clients believe that the best way to protect their wealth is to open a Gold IRA.
If you’re still not convinced, take a look at our informative infographic for more gold IRA information:
The History of Gold IRA Investing
From 1986 to 1998, the IRS limited IRA account holders to storing only Gold and Silver American Eagles. However, changes in the IRS Tax Code in 1998 granted everyone the opportunity to hold a wider range of IRS-approved precious metal coins and bars within IRA’s. Today Self-Directed IRA’s can hold Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium bullion that meet certain minimum fineness requirements.
What Types of Coins Can be included in a Gold IRA?
The IRS has regulations on which types of bullion can be added to a Gold IRA. For a full list of metals, contact an American Bullion Gold Specialist at 1-800-326-9598. Some of the most common IRA Approved Coins and Bars are:
- American Eagle Gold Coin
- Canadian Maple Leaf Gold Coin
- American Buffalo Gold Coin
- Austrian Philharmonic Gold Coin
- Suisse PAMP Gold Bar
Another item that is popular right now in Gold IRA’s is the American Eagle Gold Proof Coins. Proof Gold coins were designed to be placed into an IRA and minted in limited quantities. This means they have a slight intrinsic value in addition to the gold content. Proof Gold is struck four times rather than just once like a regular coin giving a frosted finish and mirror-like surface. When looking at a Proof Gold Coin versus a regular Gold coin, the proof has a lot more luster and detail to it. Also, Proof Gold comes in a velvet box from the government along with a certificate for the purity and content of metals.
How long should I keep Gold in my IRA?
When you’re talking about retirement plans, Gold is traditionally viewed as a long-term investment. Individuals looking to retire in 5, 10, 15, 20 years, want to have something that’s going to grow in value while keeping up with the cost of living and inflation. American Bullion recommends that clients plan to keep their investments in Gold for a minimum of 10 years.
Where is the Gold in my IRA kept?
American Bullion uses licensed depository backed by all the major exchanges called the Delaware Depository. The Delaware Depository is backed by all the major exchanges and is used by the government, IRS and other countries. You can visit your Gold at the depository, but can’t leave with it. Investors have a segregated account and receive a monthly statement sent through a custodian.
How do I liquidate a Gold IRA account?
A great aspect about Gold IRA plans is that when you take a distribution, you can either take possession of the metal into your hand or you can liquidate it and take the cash value. The advantage is that you have the choice of which option to choose based on your preferences and current financial needs.
Why Choose the American Bullion Gold IRA
American Bullion is the expert in Gold IRA’s and has a comprehensive Gold IRA Rollover Department that handles the entire process for you. We have assisted thousands of clients to walk through the simple, secure and safe Gold IRA Rollover process. Our Gold IRA specialists handle all the paperwork for you and actually make the transaction extremely easy. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to learn how you can put precious metals into an IRA. American Bullion has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and is certified by Norton Secure and TRUSTe. Call 1-800-326-9598 for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with one of our Gold IRA Rollover specialists.
Request your Free Gold IRA Guide
American Bullion has created a complimentary Gold Guide that offers a wealth of information on the best-kept secrets for investing in Gold. The Gold Guide brings information together to educate you regarding Gold IRA’s and also contains some great visual charts to help understand the rise in gold over the past decade where it’s increased in comparison to the value of the U.S dollar. It’s full of tips for how to buy precious metals, which metals are allowed in IRA accounts, how to liquidate your gold, the global factors that impact the precious metals market and what you can do to protect your savings from a falling dollar. The Gold Guide will teach why Gold has been sought after for thousands of years, from kings and pharaohs, to today’s savvy investors. The guide is completely free. There is no obligation. If you’ve been looking for the opportunity safeguard your nest egg for the future, then request your Free Gold Guide today by calling 1-800-326-9598 or filling out the Gold Guide form on the top right hand side of this page.