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As you may know, precious metals IRAs offer investors several primary advantages – it protects their savings from devaluation due to inflation, offers the ongoing opportunity to grow their savings as the precious metals appreciate in value, and it provides an avenue in which to invest in virtually all popular financial instruments without having to first liquidate the metals into cash.
Given the large amounts of wealth stored in precious metal IRAs, it makes sense that the government has only approved certain financial institutions to physically store the contents of these particularly valuable accounts. Right now there are 7 IRS-approved depositories that are allowed to store all of the major precious metals – which include gold, silver, platinum (and other platinum group metals like palladium and rhodium). In the following paragraphs we'll provide a brief overview of each approved depository:
Regal Assets is an international phenomenon in alternative asset management and also offers high quality depository services. They are the number one-rated gold and retirement investing firm in North America. The company also has offices in the DMCC in Dubai where it stores bullion for customers in the Middle East and beyond in one of the world's most secure vaults.
Regal Assets offers a first year of free storage plus a flat $250 per year storage fee that is difficult to match (much less beat). They boast perfect ratings from all three ratings agencies, including the BBB, BCA, and Trustlink review companies.
Delaware Depository Service Company
The Delaware Depository Service Company is approved by the IRS and is licensed by the CME Group as an exchange-approved depository for the NYMEX and COMEX markets. Delaware Depository provides up to $1 billion of all-risk insurance coverage, including up to $100,000 coverage per package for shipments made by express carrier or mail. This company has clients of all sizes but generally caters to brokerage firms, manufacturers, refiners, IRA custodians, coin dealers, retailers, and commodity trading houses. Clients of the Delaware Depository also benefit from Delaware's numerous business tax advantages.
Brinks Global Services has authorized depositories in New York City and London. This is a commonly preferred depository because it offers several appealing advantages, including but not limited to:
- Full liability for all stored valuables
- Globally accessible inventory management via an online portal
- Fast delivery of precious metals to secure storage locations
- Industry standard weighing practices
- Facilities available for conducting third-party assays and inspections
- Preparation, acceptance, storage, and release of precious metals based on the account holder's instructions
HSBC Bank USA
HSBC Bank is one of the world's most prominent holders of precious metals. In fact, they're the largest bullion clearer in the world, and have been ranked the #1 dealer in silver and gold every year back to back since 2003, according to an annual survey conducted by Risk and Energy magazine. The company itself has been around since 1817 and has been an industry leader in precious metals for decades, hence it being approved by the IRS as a precious metals depository. Here a few more interesting features about HSBC Bank USA:
- Comprehensive global customer service available 24-hours a day
- A leader on the world's six leading precious metals exchanges
- World's largest precious metals custodian
- World's largest commercial vault
JP Morgan Chase Bank NA
Although JP Morgan has more than 3 decades experience in providing services related to precious metals, the company became an approved depository relatively recently in 2011. JP Morgan Global Metals also offers risk management solutions to its clients, as well as state-of-the-art vault facilities in New York, London, and Singapore. Precious metals managed by JP Morgan include Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium, and Rhodium. Given its recent inception as an approved depository, JP Morgan's depository currently accounts for less than 10% of the COMEX.
The ScotiaMocatta depository is actually part of Scotiabank, which has long been referred to as “Canada's gold bank” and has investment and finance roots going all the way back to 1671. ScotiaMocatta was founded in 1997 when Scotia Capital Markets acquired Mocatta Bullion & Base from the Standard Chartered Bank (SBC). ScotiaMocatta is an approved COMEX depository that provides 24-hour global market coverage as well as a wide range of precious metals-related services, including but not limited to coins, certificate programs, leases/consignments/loans, rate agreements, and global physical delivery of stored metals.
CNT Inc. is a COMEX-approved depository based in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and is known for being the largest seller of raw gold to the federal government. With more than 35 years in vaulting experience, generates more than $8 billion in yearly revenue by maintaining direct distribution and storage relationships with some of the world's largest government mints. All of the precious metals stored in the CNT depository are 100% insured by Lloyd's of London. The depository itself is a Class III facility with 1,400 square feet of segregated vault space, 75 cubic feet of private vault storage, and more than 20,000 square feet of fully insured storage.