If you are considering investing in gold for retirement, then you probably want to look at putting gold into an IRA. It is a fairly simple matter to get this done, and in a manner that you want to. Following is information for how to own gold in ira and the laws that govern the choice.
There are two types of IRA accounts -- one where you allow the trustee to invest the money as they see fit in order to bring you the best yield, and the self-directed account. The self-directed account is the one that allows you to put gold into the portfolio.
The IRS allows for certain types of precious metals to be invested into an IRA. Assets such as US gold coins or bullion are accepted as an asset for investment in an IRA portfolio. You can legally own as little as a fraction of a coin in your account and leave it at that.
Owning gold in an IRA begins when you decide to purchase gold. The account administrator makes the purchase as you direct, paying the dealer that is selling you the gold bullion or coins. Once the purchase is made, the gold is delivered to a depository for safe keeping.
IRS laws state that the owner of the IRA account cannot physically hold the gold while it is considered to be an asset of the account. The gold must be stored in a secure storage facility that has passes certain standards for the storage of precious metals.
Storing precious metals comes in two forms: segregated and fungible. Segregated means that your gold is kept separate from other gold deposits. You want to use this service in the case you are using gold coins that you would like to own the coin or bullion at some point in the future. Fungible means that you are grouping your gold purchase in a general pool that can be sold. You do not give up your ownership to the gold; the purchase is guaranteed. The depositor has to make up the value to you when it is liquidated.
Always remember that taking physical possession of the gold before the IRA matures incurs fees and penalties as it is considered an early withdrawal.
There is more to learn about how to own gold in an IRA, but these are the basics that should get you started on the path.