With instability in the stock market, many retirement investors are looking to alternative assetsincluding precious metals. Gold, silver, and other metals carry intrinsic value not found in many traditional assets which makes them particularly valuable in uncertain times. Many IRA custodians only provide their clients with the option to invest in a Gold or Silver Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) and give them no opportunity to purchase physical precious metals.
With a self-directed IRA, new Investors can use their retirement funds to purchase physical metal. If you follow the gold and silver markets and would like to use your expertise to invest in what you know, or if your financial advisor has suggested that you diversify your retirement investments, you can purchase physical gold, silver, platinum, and palladium.