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If you own a traditional IRA or 401(k), it probably contains mostly equities, such as individual stocks, stock mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
Investing in equities is a popular way to prepare for retirement, but if you are like most Americans, even if you’ve saved a substantial amount, you still worry. Who knows what the future holds for the market? For all of their perceived advantages, equities-heavy portfolios are fraught with risk.
Any factor that could lead to a major market drop – such as the one that occurred during 2008’s Great Recession – is something investors should prepare for. The relentless decline in the dollar’s value and recent bouts of violent stock market volatility are just two examples of the many obstacles that can trip up investors on the way to a secure retirement.
Fortunately, there is a way you can not only manage, but greatly reduce, the risks to your portfolio: by purchasing physical gold and silver in an Augusta Gold & Silver IRA.
For many years, IRS regulations did not allow investment in physical precious metals through an IRA. The 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act changed that.
Now, through what is known as a self-directed IRA, investors can maximize the advantages of physical gold and silver investment by acquiring the metals in a tax-advantaged account.
Banks, brokerages and financial advisors typically don’t recommend investing in alternative assets such as physical gold and silver. A big reason for that is they cannot earn commissions on the sale of precious metals.
You don’t have to let industry bias stop you from protecting your hard-earned savings, however. Physical gold and silver have a demonstrated record of securing – and even growing – portfolios during distressed markets, due largely to the effective diversification they provide.
The Augusta Gold & Silver IRA represents the ultimate in physical precious metals investment. It allows the discerning investor to combine the power of tax-advantaged growth with the enormous benefits that can come from investing in physical gold and silver.
Diversification. Real diversification plays a large role in long-term portfolio success. It’s not enough to own a variety of equities-based investments. Equities’ vulnerabilities are too similar. Physical precious metals are largely uncorrelated with stocks and bonds, so they can provide a level of diversification not possible with traditional assets.
Protection Against Wealth-Killing Inflation. Dollar-denominated assets remain at the mercy of the U.S.’s fiat currency system, federal bureaucrats and central bankers. Their monetary policies create inflation, which essentially limits your wealth. But physical gold and silver’s intrinsic value can’t be debased by monetary policy, which is a defensive quality that could protect your savings against inflation.
Protection Against Economic Turmoil. The most popular advantage of investing in physical gold and silver is their propensity to defend portfolios against economic upheaval. Through some of our nation’s most troubling economic periods, physical gold and silver have time and again demonstrated their potential to not only stabilize investor portfolios but help them gain significantly when traditional assets are collapsing.
Long-Term Growth Potential. Physical precious metals’ protective qualities sometimes overshadow another tremendous advantage: competitive investment returns over the long term. Physical gold can serve as both a capital appreciation asset and a wealth-protection asset. This makes it a unique investment option.
Existence Outside of Mainstream Financial Institutions. Investors often forget to consider this important advantage of precious metals: physical savings security. In the digital age, banks and brokerages can’t offer the level of asset security they once did for paper assets, including cash. Physical gold and silver are real, tangible assets stored entirely out of reach of the banking system.
In addition to soaring during short-term periods of acute economic distress, gold and silver both have outperformed the S&P 500 throughout this century.
One of the key benefits of selecting Augusta Precious Metals as your provider of premium gold and silver products and services is the personalized service you’ll receive. At Augusta, we view ourselves as your partner while you travel the road to financial independence and security. You can count us to be with you every step of the way as you build an asset base of physical precious metals to complement your other portfolio investments.
This close relationship begins at the very outset of your association with Augusta, when you embark on the simple, three-step process to opening your gold and silver IRA account:
Not only is the three-step process to opening and funding an Augusta Gold & Silver IRA inherently easy, but our team members will assist you throughout to ensure your experience is entirely worry-free.
According to law, every IRA must be administered by an approved custodian. Augusta works with IRA custodians specializing in self-directed IRAs. We examined all options for our customers, and we have chosen to recommend Goldstar Trust and Kingdom Trust as custodians for our valued customers. Use of these custodians gives you peace of mind that your IRA is being administered correctly to comply with the law. Although we always encourage you to call Augusta with questions, your custodian is another valuable source to ensure the integrity of your accounts.
This is the nation's leading provider of self-directed IRAs, with more than 30 years of experience administering this type of investment and over $25 billion in assets managed. Equity Trust serves self-directed IRA customers in all 50 states. Read more about this custodian at www.trustetc.com
Goldstar Trust Company is a division of Happy State Bank. Goldstar Trust's parent company was established in 1908 in Happy, Texas, and today is custodian of nearly 38,000 self-directed IRAs. They have an A-plus rating with the BBB. Learn more about Goldstar Trust at www.goldstartrust.com.
Kingdom Trust is a respected organization that has been working with Augusta for many years. You can learn more about Kingdom Trust at their website: www.kingdomtrust.com. They specialize in "innovative and unique" custody solutions, serving more than 100,000 customers with $12 billion in assets managed.
Your Augusta® Gold IRA from Augusta Precious Metals will be stored in one of the industry's most secure non-government depository storage facilities, where you can arrange to get your precious metals, but where they are safe from facility creditors and geographically separated from financial and political centers for safekeeping in the event of a disaster. You can choose a location in one of several U.S. cities or one location out of the country. The Delaware Depository® is an example.
Not familiar with investing in physical precious metals? You probably have a lot of questions. Don’t worry – we are here to help.
For starters, we invite you to visit both the Augusta Gold & Silver IRA FAQ and standard FAQ pages at this website for quick answers to questions commonly asked by prospective gold and silver investors.
Of course, you may always contact us directly with any questions you may have – please call 800-700-1008 and speak with one of our knowledgeable gold and silver professionals. We look forward to hearing from you!