The primary objective of virtually all Gold IRA investors is long-term preservation of wealth – and a precious metals IRA is a safe, stable, and powerful vehicle for maintaining long-term asset growth. To further maximize the safety and security of your investment, all physical precious metals are kept in an IRS-approved depository until the owner reaches retirement – at which point they can be shipped directly to you, or easily converted to cash. Also, keep in mind that transferring or rolling over your existing retirement account to a Gold IRA is a tax-free transaction.
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Our story starts with the discovery of gold deposits in Nubia. These discoveries fed the Egyptian Pharaohs and their courts with gold for jewelry, which we are still marveling at – over 3,000 years later. Taking a development of the first silver bartering tokens invented by King Pheidon of Argos around 700 BC – the Lydians , under their King Croesus then used gold to mint what we know as coins in the Middle East. Coins could be used to buy goods and services. Portable, easily recognized, and with an exact value. They were perfect for trading. So successful was his invention, Croesus is associated with expressions describing the wealthy, even today. The Romans and Greeks improved on this system of payment, and with their hoards of coinage ran Empires, conquering a large part of the globe. The Conquistadors of Spain then discovered vast troves of Inca and Aztec treasure in South America and transported it back to Europe by galleon in the Middle Ages. Gold was traded, stolen by pirates and thieves, and used by Governments and Kingdoms both legally and illegally, to fight regional wars and expand Empires across the world. So astonishingly valuable was the Spaniard’s stolen fortune, adventurers still scour the globe for sunken ships laden with doubloons and golden jewelry. They spend millions of dollars on speculative explorations to recover the treasure, using the most modern recovery techniques. Throughout this period, gold’s value as a basis for the wealth of nations was established. Those with vast gold reserves were always the “players” on the world stage. It was this gold which gave them the money needed to back up their expansion across continents. In more recent times, after America was “discovered” and settled, one of the most fascinating and incredible stories in the modern era of gold happened. The outcome of this tale founded a State, a major city and more. It is also the reason you may well have a stake in the adventures and explorations of your ancestors, even today! Back in the spring and summer of 1848 – James Marshall discovered gold in The American River at Coloma, California, just north of Sacramento. Word spread and in the fall people came flocking to the area looking to seek their fortunes. By 1849, the first of 300,000 prospectors were staking their claims and panned in the rivers and streams for the placer gold which laced rivers and streams in the hills and valleys of the Sierra Nevada. These prospectors faced hardships which are unimaginable today. They became known collectively as “forty-niners”, due to the year in which most of them struck out to search for the gold. Many died and most of those who made it through disease, sickness, starvation and crime, returned broken and worse off financially than if they had never left their homes! At first the pickings were easy, there was surface gold all over the territory. Many of the original prospectors did strike it rich. An estimated tens of billions of dollars in today’s prices of gold was found and extracted. Once the surface gold was taken – the only way to reach further lodes and veins was not only to dig and create small mines, but also to use newly designed extraction and refining techniques. This needed more men and equipment – and more money. San Francisco became the port for shipping the gold and for bringing in the gear to mine it. A settlement of just a few hundred people when the gold rush began, became an important hub of almost 40,000 people by 1852. This grew to 150,000 by 1870.
Gold IRAs can either be traditional or Roth IRAs. The first thing that a potential investor must decide is whether they want to invest in the actual physical gold or in gold company stock, a gold mutual fund, or an exchange-traded gold fund. If the investor decides to invest in the actual gold, it must be gold coins or bullion that meets the standards of the IRS regarding purity. The gold must be held by a custodian that is IRS-approved and should not be held in any type of home storage.
The next best thing to owning physical gold is buying an investment that counts physical gold as its primary asset. The easiest examples of this are ETFs like aforementioned SPDR Gold Shares. This particular ETF has an expense ratio of 0.40% and tracks gold prices pretty closely over time. It's probably the next best thing to physically owning gold, but unlike physical gold it can be easily traded.
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Gold coins price is based on the weight of the precious metal and the scarcity of the coin itself. The scarcity arises from the fact that once a mintage of a coin is done for a specific year there will never be another coin of that year produced. Minted coins also offer the guarantee that comes from a reputable mint like the U.S. Mint. Gold coins are generally legal tender in the country that the coin was minted.
You can even find gold bars that were refined by the Republic Metals Corporation. Most gold buffs will recognize this refinery as RMC. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, this group has grown to become of the world's primary precious metal refineries. In fact, their modern, state-of-the-art refinery has a refining capacity of upwards of 7,000 combined tons of silver and gold; and it's right here in the United States. We also carry gold bars Credit Suisse, the official bank of Switzerland. Since Credit Suisse Bank is one of the most trusted and secure banks in the world, you can be sure that bars from the Swiss bank are especially popular among sage investors who want to make sure they're purchasing quality metal. When the sheer number of variations is taken into account in terms of gold fineness, weight, and size, it's no wonder that the manufacturing of the gold bar itself is so important to the informed investor.
In a segregated or allocated depository, your gold coins and gold bullions are kept separately from other people’s assets. This type of storage option is available for gold bars of 10 ounce and greater. When you decide to withdraw your funds, you will receive the same gold bars that you had originally deposited. In a segregated depository, gold bars are identified by their serial number, refinery name, and size.
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Jason Hall (Royal Gold): Gold mining is a really capital-intensive, expensive business. It's also subject to the whims of gold prices, which can be incredibly unpredictable, since gold speculators -- not gold's utility or commercial value -- can swing the price up and down with little notice or rationality. This is one of the big reasons I generally avoid gold miners. 
Did you know you can even use your gold in conjunction with your IRA account? If you're interested in a self-directed gold IRA, you can call one of our experts at (800)775-3504. And in order to keep up with just how much the value is changing day-to-day, the savvy investor needs to keep a close eye on the price of gold and other precious metals. We offer constant coverage with our live price tracker. You can even sign up for price updates and a portfolio tracker. If you're at all curious about getting involved in investing with gold, take a look through our site and map out the best potential strategy relative to your investment goals.
In 2011, the price of gold rose 32.8, which was preceded by 2-digit increases in all previous years starting 2008. The increase is primarily a consequence of investor activity in the precious metal market in form of gold IRAs along with other vehicles that retain value regardless of the general currency supply. The sustained investment of this type eventually drove up the price of gold by over 50 percent in September of 2011.
Once you have decided on the quantity of gold bullion to purchase, your Monex Account Representative will assist you in executing your order over the phone. Your purchase and price will be confirmed on a voice recorded line after your acknowledgment, and a written confirmation will be sent to you with the details of your order. Payment may be made after you order, but must be initiated on the day of purchase, which means you must mail or wire funds on the day of your purchase. You can have your metal (a) shipped to your home; (b) made available for pick-up at over 30 facilities across the U.S. and Canada; or (c) have your metal delivered to a bank/depository for storage.

Rollover to a gold IRA is a search term gaining great popularity recently. The reasons are many, but certainly at the top of the list is asset security. Few financial instruments offer the long history of asset protection displayed by precious metals and gold in particular. In a global environment where equities, bonds and currencies regularly find themselves on a dangerous roller coaster, it’s hardly surprising that many are turning to the safety and security of a gold IRA, particularly with an old IRA that’s still trying to recover from the 2008 beat down and now finds itself churning in active waters but going nowhere. At a time when freshly printed Dollars and an extremely manipulative Fed are the only active participants in market movement, it seems like a prime time to rollover to a gold IRA.
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Resources accounted for $2.5 billion in sales during the second quarter and $411 million in segment profit. Demand for mining equipment is directly driven by commodities such as gold, silver, and copper, but Caterpillar doesn't have to take a direct risk in any of these commodities itself. There's also little risk that a specific project goes sideways or a currency moves in an unexpected way, two risks that are common in smaller gold mining stocks. In short, Caterpillar gets exposure to some of the macro moves gold and other commodities make without risking everything on one commodity or one project. 
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