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Protect Your Financial Future with a Gold IRA

Are you afraid of investing in the stock market? An article over at the Motley Fool thinks you might be. Aptly titled “How to Get Over Your Fear of the Stock Market,” the piece gives the usual rundown: while the stock market can be volatile and give us sleepless nights, it’s ultimately the only place you really want to be.

The article makes three points you’ve surely heard many times before from market cheerleaders: 1) downturns are perfectly normal; when they happen, 2) they’re “only” paper losses unless you start selling; and 3) the stock market’s long-term record of historical returns – despite the array of corrections, crashes, and crises – is still superior to that of other assets. While there is some truth to each of these defenses to stock market investing, they also represent a vast oversimplification of what is now a greatly complex investment environment.

I suggest that retirement investors can get over fear of volatile financial markets – and put themselves in a better position to realize long-term objectives – by configuring their portfolios to prosper when traditional assets are under significant pressure. And, in my opinion, an excellent way to do that is with a gold (and silver) IRA.

Access Alternative Investments with a Gold IRA – and Genuine Diversification

The primary benefit to owning a gold IRA is having physical precious metals as a part of your tax-deferred asset base. Gold has a famously low correlation with equities and other traditional assets, as well as a demonstrated record of thriving during periods of great upheaval in mainstream financial markets and the geopolitical landscape. As a matter of fact, physical gold has been found to have an even lower correlation to equities than gold securities such as gold mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and mining stocks – which are often pushed by brokerages whenever a client mentions an interest in physical precious metals investing.

However, gold IRAs offer another important benefit beyond the fact that they allow retirement investors to own physical gold and silver. A gold IRA must also be a self-directed IRA, a more specialized type of IRA that provides investors with the ability to purchase an array of alternative assets. Besides precious metals, retirement investors may add digital currency, real property, even tax lien certificates to their asset base using a self-directed IRA. Investors can also make loans and purchase shares of private companies from within a self-directed IRA.

By having access to unique and varied assets inside of a self-directed gold IRA, retirement investors can better defend their portfolios against the erosive effects of higher interest rates, trade wars, and the multitude of other threats presently besieging equities and other traditional assets.

Performance of Gold, DJIA, and Long-Term Government Bonds, April 2001 to April 2011

Among traditional assets, equities struggled and bonds performed rather modestly throughout this decade, which was characterized by significant economic and geopolitical upheaval. However, physical gold is an alternative asset with a history of outperforming more traditional investments during periods characterized by great uncertainty. Gold rose spectacularly during this period. To own physical gold and silver – inflation-protected assets – in an IRA, you must do so with a self-directed IRA.

(Chart courtesy of Long-term government bonds proxied here by iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund; symbol: TLT.)

When you own a self-directed gold IRA, because of the breadth of assets you can hold in the account, you have a powerful tool to help maximize your investment opportunity and minimize losses. For more information about the gold IRA – including the simple steps required to open one – call Augusta Precious Metals at 855-242-4121 and speak with one of our knowledgeable precious metals professionals.

The growing complexity of the investment environment demands true diversification. Investors have even prospered during periods of volatility in mainstream financial markets when they have availed themselves of alternative assets such as physical gold and silver. In my opinion, for IRA and 401(k) investors, the self-directed IRA presents the single best option to negotiate the alternative asset space and keep from getting blindsided when there’s a correction in the equities markets.

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Michael Dallo, CPA, JD, LL.M. is a tax attorney and certified public accountant (CPA) of Dallo Law Group, a Professional Corporation. For over 10 years, Michael has zealously represented hundreds of clients in resolving tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and California taxing agencies, as well as developing sound tax positions and arguments to minimize their federal and state tax liability.